BRIGHOUSE Town Women manager Rob Mitchell said he’s looking to create "competition in all areas" after the signing of Lucy Sowerby from Huddersfield Town.

The experienced forward scored on her debut in last week’s 3-2 defeat against Stoke City and scored a hat-trick on Sunday in a hastily arranged friendly against Bolton Wanderers after Brig’s County Cup semi-final at Altofts fell victim to the weather.

Ellie White also made a scoring return in her first appearance since being injured against Newcastle United in November.

Mitchell said it was essential to have a strong squad, as his side face a fixture pile-up.

“I’m delighted to have brought Lucy (Sowerby) to the club,” he said. “She’s an experienced striker and it was nice to see her get on the scoresheet against Stoke City.

“Ellie White’s return mean we have a 17-strong squad and we need that because of injuries, work commitments, midweek games and suspensions

“It means we have competition in all areas and have the ability to change a game through our substitutes.

“We need a strong squad because we still have 11 league games to play as well as being involved in two cups.”

Mitchell said he was waiting to find out when Sunday’s postponed County Cup game against Altofts Ladies would be replayed, though it looks as if it will go ahead on March 6.

“Everything is up in the air and the awful weather isn’t helping,” he admitted. “We’re hoping to play our National League Cup quarter final with Huddersfield Town this week (tonight) at the third time of asking but that’s dependent on the weather.”

His side are due to return to National League Northern Premier Division action on Sunday with a visit to Middlesbrough and will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats against Loughborough Lightning and Stoke.

Mitchell said: “It will be a really tough game. There are no easy games in this league and a lot of teams are in false positions. Loughborough have gone on a good run and they drew at high-flying Derby County on Sunday.”

The manager said he was delighted by the reaction of his players in Sunday’s last-minute friendly against Bolton Wanderers at Calderdale College.

“I wasn’t bothered by the result but rather the way we moved the ball and we did it in probably the worst weather conditions I can remember playing a game in,” he said.

“A huge credit must go to both sets of players and the referee Craig Salmons, who looked resplendent in his pink top as the rain lashed down!”