After another week seeing no league action, Guiseley Vixens are hoping to finally return to action this Sunday against Hull City Ladies but it will not be at their Nethermoor Park home.
The Vixens are seeking another venue for this home game following a fire at Guiseley AFC during the week which damaged turnstiles, changing rooms and electrics.
Hull come into the game on the back of a 7-0 win over Blackpool Wren Rovers and sit just one point below Guiseley. The Vixens however have two games in hand.
Manager Kyle O’Reilly said: “The squad is looking alright ahead of Sunday and the girls are all in good spirits despite the game being called off last weekend. We can’t control it and we’ve trained throughout so it’s not all being wasted. The girls are in good spirits as you’d expect.
“We’re in a title push and still in the County Cup semi-finals. With the new recruits joining us the competition for places has heated up, so everyone’s rolled their sleeves up and are ready to crack on. We just need the weather to be kind.”
Last time out, Guiseley ran out 2-0 winners with Liv DaCosta and Liv Thackray scoring the goals. There’s good news for the Vixens as centre-back, DaCosta returns from injury for the game as well as Josie Hewson, Hannah Poulter, Maria Sangra and Rosie Gill all being in contention for their first team debuts.
“Regardless of any league position it will be a tough encounter for both teams. Hull are one of a small handful of teams who have progressed as a club in recent years and this season and they’ve done the same” O’Reilly said.
“They have a strong collective spirit, a great infrastructure behind the scenes and as a result they find themselves in the thick of a title push. Compliments aside, they are still our rivals and we will be looking to take the spoils on Sunday as we did in game week two.”
Captain Alarna Fuller said: “Every single player is raring to go. It’s been two months now without a league game and we are all raring to go and hopefully finish off what we have started.
“The new players have all fitted in perfectly and with them giving us something different I believe that we are as strong as ever.”
Words: Oliver Coultas, Photo: Alex Daniel.