Ladies head to harlequins
Greenock Wanderers Ladies are on the road again on Sunday when they travel to the Kingdom of Fife to play Howe Harlequins at Duffus Park in Cupar in the British Telecom sponsored Scottish Women’s National League First Division.
The Greenock girls will be eager to get back to winning ways after being edged out in their last two games by fellow title and promotion challengers Glasgow University and Broughton.
Last weekend’s home game against Melrose was snowed off and that would have been an excellent opportunity to get back on track and kick start the season in front of what would surely have been a large and supportive Fort Matilda crowd.
Sunday’s fixture will be a testing one as the hosts are known to be much stronger on home soil than they are when travelling. They have only played five games so far this season and amazingly the last
competitive fixture they had was in November at Fort Matilda when they were comfortably beaten 50-17 by a rampant Greenock side.
Wanderers have played nine games in comparison and are still in with an outside chance of promotion whereas the Quins are placed in second bottom spot with one win from five outings.
The locals will want to continue their campaign with another away win and ensure that they are finely tuned ahead of what will be a great climax to the season which includes a Plate semi-final in April that could result in an appearance on finals day at Murrayfield.
Head coach Ally Hunter will ponder his selection but is unlikely to stray too far from the team and partnerships that have been so successful thus far. Injury and non-availability will impact but the squad is strong with good quality available in every position.
Skipper Emma Grace is likely to lead her side ably assisted by vice-captains Emily Gray and Hannah Mutton. The on-field leadership has been impressive this season and is a major reason why the club find themselves challenging for honours at the top end of the division.
Greenock should be able to take the spoils on Sunday but the players, although positive and confident, will be taking nothing for granted and will pay their hosts every respect by fielding the strongest team possible.
There may be some places available on the team bus for travelling supporters and any enquiries should be made through the Wanderers Ladies social media pages on Facebook. The game kicks-off at 2pm.