BRADFORD City Women face another tough game on Sunday when they host Derby County in Steve Winterburn’s first home match in charge.

The City manager faces some selection headaches with captain Harriet Jakeman unavailable and Charlotte Sales and Kate Donnan nursing injuries after last Sunday’s mauling at Sunderland.

Sales limped off after half an hour following a heavy collision, and the club are waiting on news about the extent of her injury.

Added to this is the second exodus of players this season after the departure of the previous coaches. Five of their Leeds Beckett squad members left with them, leaving the City line-up looking threadbare for the weekend.

The Bantams are yet to win a game, having lost all 12 of their fixtures so far with a very young and inexperienced side.

Winterburn is aware of the mountain that he and his young side face. He said: “They’re all good players, but it’s them I genuinely feel for now. Now is the time to seriously plan for next season in a massive way, and encourage new players to join us in pre-season for 2019/20."

Bradford have some good young players who have stepped up to senior football this season, and the club will be determined to hold onto them.

Maisie Norde, Hannah Shuttleworth, Jess Dunlop and Sophie Moulden have all made the considerable step up, supported by more senior players such as Aimee Routledge, Jen Clark and Jakeman.

It’s reassuring for the club that these players are able to make the transition up to open-age football, and City will be hoping to build a strong nucleus of existing players while bringing in experienced new signings who can help turn fortunes around.

City’s opponents Derby have had a mixed start to 2019. They lost their first game of the year 2-1 at home to Stoke. And last weekend’s game at Guiseley was postponed due to high winds damaging the main stand roof at Nethermoor.

Elsewhere, in the West Riding Cup quarter-finals, Guiseley Vixens entertain Altofts, Leeds United firsts visit Brighouse Athletic at Lightcliffe and nearby Brighouse Town are hosting Ripon City, the latter game having a 1pm start.

In the West Riding Second Division, Farsley Junior Reserves play Garforth Rangers at Woodhall, while Phoenix have a tricky clash at home to Ossett United Reserves, who will be keen to regain top spot after Farsley Juniors reached the summit when they beat their own reserve side 10-3 last week.

Thackley Reserves play Huddersfield Amateur at Apperley Lane, Thackley first team travel to Ilkley Town in Division One and Skipton Town are at Dewsbury.

Silsden are due to host Leeds Medics and Dentists in the Premier Division.