14:00 2nd September 2014
Side set to host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday evening...
STOKE CITY LADIES are preparing for the arrival of rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Wellbeing Stadium on Thursday evening following an opening day victory against Nottingham Forest.
The Ladies secured an impressive 3-1 victory against Forest in the FA Women’s Premier League (Northern Division) to leave them in third position after the first round of fixtures.
The side were unable to follow up the result against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday afternoon though as they succumbed to a 4-0 League Cup defeat at the hands of the Lancashire outfit.
Thursday’s fixture however, City third in a row at the home of Stone Dominoes, provides them with the opportunity to get back on track and manager Andrew Frost says they must build on the Forest result and wash away the defeat to Blackburn.
“We started off the campaign really well and showed glimpses against Nottingham Forest of what we are capable of,” he told stokecityfc.com.
“It is important however that we take it one game at a time after exiting the League Cup against a strong Blackburn team last weekend.
“We need to forget about Blackburn now and although Wolves won’t be a walkover, just like every other team in the league, I do want us to pick up all three points.
“The girls need to continue to work hard and take on board what we are trying to put across to them if we are to have a successful campaign.”
Frost added that although he was pleased with the squad, his players must play with a greater sense of freedom as they enter a busy time of the season.
“I’m very happy with the team we’ve been able to assemble over the summer but the girls just need to relieve the pressure which they place upon themselves,” Frost said.
“That should allow them to play with greater freedom as we approach one of the busiest times of the football calendar.
“Hopefully the girls will stick together, keep their heads down and remember that ‘United Strength Is Stronger’.”