Vixens game postponed

***UPDATE: Due to unavoidable groundwork, the game has been postponed until a later date. ***

Guiseley Vixens play host to Liverpool Feds at Nethermoor Park this Sunday in their first league game following their cup break. 

The home side are currently the only unbeaten side in the FA WPL Division One with only a draw against Leeds Ladies stopping them from a 100 per cent record but they do have players ruled out.

Keegan Lambert, Katie Welham and Emily Scott are all out with injuries. The rest of the players are in good shape though. 

When the two teams last came to blows, Guiseley came away victorious with a 3-1 win but Liverpool come into the game after hitting a run of form in the league, beating Morecambe and Mossley Hill in their last two games.  
Vixens’ Joint manager Glen Preston said: “We have a lot of respect for Liverpool Feds as they’ve been a top side in this division for the last few years. They try to play good football and they can beat anyone on their day. They are a side in form but so are we and if we play to our best we will take some stopping.”

There is the possibility of new faces playing for the Vixens this weekend with Preston saying: “Henriette Okonta made her debut last weekend at centre back and impressed so she might have a key part to play in the game. We have new signings from America in Danielle Valente, Morgan Durham and Tayisah Pohtos who will all be in contention along with Lizzie White and Demi Wisher, who have been impressing of late, especially the latter having netted three times for the Development  Squad in a 4-3 win over Leeds Ladies last weekend.”

This is the first game after the narrow loss on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the FA WPL Plate but the team is only looking forward.

I think any disappointment we had from the last game stems from feeling that we were the much better team and outplayed Town for pretty much most of the match and so should have won.

“However, none of us will have lost sleep over that result and the important thing from here is to regain our focus for the next challenge that lies ahead, which is a big one. 

“The players are showing signs of improving and they showed incredible team spirit last Sunday to come back from 3-1 down and deservedly so, they are enjoying their football right now and so if anything I’d say we are very buoyant,” Preston said. 

Joint manager Kyle O’Reilly added: “The players see the bigger picture and realise we’re ahead of schedule in terms of competing with teams in the league above. They’re focussed for the weekend and know Liverpool will be a tough fixture. It wasn’t an easy game last time out and they’ve hit a good run of form since then so it’s shaping up to be a tough one.”

The Vixens will go into the game the favourites because of their impressive run in the league and the results from the previous meeting of the two teams. 
“I feel it’s much easier going into games when we are the favourites. We love it and we want this kind of pressure. We go into every game expecting to win and that’s much more fun than having to chase the top sides down or being in a relegation battle,” Preston said. 

O’Reilly added: “For me I don’t feel pressure at all really and there’s more pressure on Hull, Chorley & Leeds to maintain the pace and better what we’re doing to be honest. For us we just prepare as we do and look to execute each week.”

Kick-off is 2pm at Nethermoor Park and entry is £3, £1 Concessions and free to Guiseley season ticket holders.

Words by Oliver Coultas

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