South Shields Women hope to seek revenge for last month’s defeat at Alnwick Town Juniors Women, as the girls visit this Sunday hoping to consolidate second place in the NERWFL Premier Division.
It is the second time in one month that the girls are playing Alnwick Town Juniors; the reverse fixture came at Harton and Westoe Welfare on 12 February where they lost 2-4.
But with only five games of the season remaining and the league table uncertain as of yet, South Shields have it all to do as they look to hold on to that second place, ahead of Sunday’s opponents as well as Wakefield AFC Ladies, Sunderland West End Ladies as well as Wallsend BC Women.
South Shields were last in action last Sunday, as they saw an hour-long trip to Teesside vindicated with a 3-1 win away to Redcar Town Ladies, with goals from Jen Wootten and a brace from Eve Gatens proving the difference on the day.
Alnwick Town Juniors, meanwhile, prepared for the occasion by walking past bottom-of-the-table Harrogate Town at home in a more-than-convincing 10-0 trouncing. Michelle Stewart and Katie Ellwood both bagged themselves a hat-trick.
Stewart and Ellwood have been in prolific form this campaign, with the former sitting second in the top goalscorer charts – in all competitions – at an exceptional 21 goals in 11 appearances, while providing 4 assists. In the league alone, Stewart has struck 9 times from 8 matches.
Ellwood has assisted four times as well, and contributed to Alnwick Town’s strikeforce by finishing 13 times in all competitions. Using just league data, that becomes 8 goals from 8 matches.
South Shields can look, meanwhile, to Gatens who has bagged 8 goals in 13 matches for a strike outlet, including a terrific output of 9 assists as well. That puts her top of the division’s assists chart, ahead of team-mates Gabrielle Pederson and Jade Dryden.
Alnwick Town Juniors play at St James’ Park in Alnwick. Kick-off is at 2pm on Sunday, 12 March. NE66 1BG. Use the map attached above to find its location on a map.