Preview: Bolton Ladies vs Bradford City Women

In the FAWNL Division One North’s only game of the weekend, Bolton welcome Bradford to The Kensite Stadium this Sunday.

Whites looking to make it three on the bounce

Bolton began the season with victory at home against Norton & Stockton Ancients but have since experienced results indicative of a team that saw a considerable turnover of players in the summer, with Bolton’s Nicole Malpus recently stating:

“With nine new players this season it’s taken time but the players are starting to click, we are learning everyone’s strengths and weaknesses along with best suited positions. We can’t wait for Sundays game against Bradford. It can’t come quick enough.” – Nicole Malpus.

Currently seventh, with 7 points after five games, the Whites have played at least two games fewer than most others sides in the division, with the possibility of leapfrogging teams above them depending on results.

Bolton head into Sunday’s game hoping to build on their current momentum and extend their winning run to three after knocking Donny Belles out of the FAWNL Plate, and most recently beating Northern Premier’s Fylde 0-2 on the road in the County Cup.

Bantams looking to kickstart season

After more than two weeks without a game due to weather disruptions, Bradford head into Sunday’s game currently occupying eleventh place, though, like Bolton, the Bantams have played at least two games fewer than the teams above them presenting them with an opportunity to climb the table.

They began the season by beating Durham Cestria but lost their following four games before Steve Winterburn resigned as manager following a change in family circumstances.

Still yet to confirm a new manager, Charlotte Stuart stepped in to oversee first-team duties until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Since taking temporary charge, the Bantams have twice fallen to defeat, first bowing out of the FA Cup against high-flying Barnsley, followed by 4-0 defeat at the hands of promotion contenders, Brighouse Town.

After two weeks of work on the training ground, Bradford have plenty of time and opportunities to get their season back on track, starting this Sunday at Bolton.

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