Gateshead Ladies manager Carl Morrison says his side are raring to go ahead of their return to league action this weekend.
Morrison’s side are set to face fourth-placed Wallsend B.C. Womens Reserves at Gateshead International Stadium (4G) on Sunday, November 27, having been out of action since October 30 following two postponements.
The Heed contested a close-fought behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday night in an effort to build match fitness, with assistant manager Hugo Djassi taking charge in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
“We did really well [on Tuesday] considering we played without a keeper,” said Morrison.
“If we had a keeper you would have looked at us winning that, but it was really good regardless.
“We’ve brought a couple of new players in so we wanted to get them used to how we’re playing and see them in a match rather than just in training.
“We’ve still been training regularly, so it’s just been a shame that we haven’t been able to put our practice into action on a match day with the unfortunate cancellations.
“It’s when you see who is really motivated for games coming ahead. You might not have a game this Sunday but one the week after, so you still need to put the work in even though you haven’t got a game this week.
“It’s been good to see people still working hard knowing there are games coming up soon, and it was good to see on Tuesday that some of the stuff we’ve been working on in training has been taken on as well.”
Morrison and Djassi have added two new faces to their squad ahead of Sunday’s game, with forward Christine Murray signing on while midfielder Libby West has re-joined the club.
“We’ve brought in Christine, she goes by Chrid, and Libby West who was with the club last season,” said Morrison.
“Chrid is a really good striker while Libby comes into midfield, and I think they’ll add a lot to us going forward.
“They’ve been with us a few weeks now, they’ve trained well and both looked good in the behind closed doors game on Tuesday.”
The Heed currently sit eighth in the North East Regional Womens Football League Northern Division with six games played – the joint lowest in the league.
Gateshead are looking to close the gap on Wallsend on Sunday, who currently sit five points ahead of Morrison’s side, as well as bouncing back from defeat last time out on home turf.
“We’re really looking forward to it because it’s just been so long since we had a league game,” he said.
“With our last game at home being that defeat as well, we’re desperate to get out there and put that right.
“We’ve got a full squad to pick from, including the new signings, so there are lots of decisions to be made based on training and how players performed in the game on Tuesday.
“There are a couple of players who have put their names in the frame to start on Sunday, but the girls who don’t find themselves starting have a big part to play as well with the roll on, roll off subs.
“Everybody is raring to play on Sunday, and hopefully we can get three points under our belt.”