Bradford City women’s end-of-season run-in could not be tougher.
Frequent fixture postponements due to the weather have left them with a mountain to climb to finish the campaign – starting with two key matches in as many days.
“We have a difficult FA Premier League game at Stoke on Sunday,” explained head coach Steve Winterburn.
“They are a hard side and we give as good as we get, so I don’t know how many players will be fit for Monday night’s County Cup semi-final against Brighouse Sports at Woodlesford.
“We are taking both games seriously. We want to get as high as we can in the league and we also want to win the cup.
“We have a final against Leeds United to look forward to if we beat Brighouse. I know they are in a lower league but I am taking nothing for granted.
“It is disappointing that the County FA insisted on this game going ahead so close to our league game but they say they had no option. Thankfully I think we have a big enough squad to cope.”
Although City can draw on reserve and A team players for the cup game, both those teams are also playing this weekend.
Premier League Reserve Division leaders City take on struggling counterparts Huddersfield Town at Apperley Bridge, while Brighouse Sports are City’s opponents as they attempt to extend their lead in Division Three of the West Riding County Women’s League.
In their most recent game, the City first team lost 2-1 to leaders Sheffield in the League Cup after leading 1-0 with three minutes to go through Rachel Lee’s goal.
The reserves held on to top spot despite not having a fixture, while the A team ran out 12-0 winners over Deighton as Jess McPherson (3), Laura Gadd (3), Chelsey Faulkner (2), Annie Nicol (2), Kerrie Playle and Kath Connell scored.
In the North East Regional League, Sonya Sweeney hit a hat-trick for Brighouse Town as they won 5-1 at Ossett Albion in midweek to put them top of the Southern Division table.