Blackburn Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly is relishing her side’s return to the league, at home to Stoke City Ladies on Sunday.
After back-to-back cup victories over Fylde Ladies and Morecambe Ladies, the Blues have dropped down to third in the league table, albeit with three games in hand on their rivals.
Donnelly said: “We have a testing few weeks of games and so it’s imperative we work hard to take points from teams if we want to give ourselves any chance of being in the top half of the table this season.”
Stoke, who have former Rover Faye McCoy in their ranks, will provide a tough test for Donnelly’s unbeaten team.
“It will be a tough game because of their physicality and direct play.
“Stoke had an incredible start to the season and were unbeaten for a number of games, but they may have lost that little bit of form of late.
“I’m sure they’ll be wanting an immediate reaction to losing 4-3 to Huddersfield last weekend.”
Rovers, meanwhile, have won all 10 games so far this season, juggling involvement in three competitions.
And playing Stoke at home brings back fond memories for Rovers, with the Blues lifting the league title at Ewood Park last May following a 3-0 victory over the Potters.
“As always we have planned well and the players know how important it it to keep momentum going,” Donnelly added.
“I have every confidence in the players. They will work hard for each other to get the result they need.
You can see Rovers Ladies in action against Stoke this Sunday at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge, (kick off 2pm). There’s free entry for Rovers season ticket holders.