Walsall Ladies are back in action this weekend as they face Walsall Wood at Dales Lane on Sunday 10th November.
The Saddlers have had no league game for the past couple of weeks but return this weekend in the League Cup against their local neighbours and whilst the break from the pitch wasn’t ideal, Ladies manager Jason Barrowclough has gained positives from it.
“If I’m being completely honest, the mini break has probably done us a favour”, said Barrowclough.
“With the injuries we have picked up in previous games over the last month it has given the team the chance to rest up and look after themselves so that they can recover in time for the next game. There are a few key players that are still not fit to play on Sunday despite the rest they have had but hopefully we will be okay going into the weekend in terms of personnel.”
The Ladies secured a brilliant away performance in their last outing, defeating Wyrley Women’s Reserves 0-8 to return to winning ways after suffering back-to-back defeats to Sutton Rangers and Barrowclough was delighted with the commitment and desire of the team.
“The win against Wyrley was much needed,” Barrowclough added.
“I thought we played some good football at times during the game but there were some phases where we made it difficult for ourselves considering we were against a team which were limited on the day in terms of numbers. Nevertheless, the result was brilliant and I was delighted with the performance.”
With the Ladies’ attention now solely focused on the League Cup, Barrowclough has tipped Sunday’s game against Walsall Wood, who currently sit 6th in the league table, to be an exciting but also difficult prospect.
“I’m expecting a difficult game on Sunday,” said Barrowclough.
“Looking at the squad that they have and their run of recent results, it tells me that they are a very well drilled side and will be a very difficult opposition to play against who will undoubtedly test us at every opportunity. I have made the Ladies aware of this so the team know that we will have to be well disciplined and patient in our approach.
“Having said this, I believe it will be an entertaining affair. The morale is back on a high after the Wyrley win and training has been really positive over the last few weeks so hopefully all being well we can get the game done and dusted in 90 minutes and advance into the next round.”
Sunday’s League Cup game between Walsall Ladies and Walsall Wood at Dales Lane kicks off at 2pm.
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