SUNDERLAND Ladies boss Mick Mulhern is looking for some more wing magic to help fire his side closer to the WSL2 title tomorrow, writes Neil Watson.
The Lady Black Cats take on Watford at Eppleton CW (1pm), where a win would put them eight points clear of second-top Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Neither the Belles nor third-top Reading (who are a further four points behind) are in action tomorrow - though after tomorrow’s game they will have one and two games in hand on the Wearsiders respectively.
All that is on Mulhern’s mind is winning the next game, and he is looking for wingers Bekki Bass and Keira Ramshaw to maintain the impressive form they showed in last week-end’s 3-0 win at London Bees.
Bass scored her first goal for the club and set up a second when her shot crashed down off the crossbar to give top scorer Beth Mead a tap-in. Ramshaw was also in good form as Sunderland sealed a comfortable win.
“Goals breed confidence and I’m delighted Bekki got on the scoresheet last week,” said Mulhern,
“Nothing Bekki was hitting was going in this season, and that’s been frustrating,
“But she’s been improving her game since she joined us and the penny is starting to drop; she’s making the right decisions much more often now and that makes her much more dangerous.
“Both Bekki and Keira have been working very hard on their games. Keira’s probably found it harder this year than she has in the past, but we’ve been doing a lot of work with the forward players.
“Both were really good last week and had a major impact on the game. They are young players with very bright futures.”
Bass joined the club this season from Leeds, as did centre-half Hayley Sharp, and Mulhern believes strength in depth is starting to show in his squad, especially with Natalie Gutteridge available again after a cruciate ligament injury.
“I looked at the bench last week and saw real strength,” he added.
“We had Gemma Wilson, Sophie Williams, Natalie Gutteridge and Helen Alderson, who have all been used to winning things with this club.
“Megan Beer played the last half hour last weekend and was magnificent. Everyone in the side knows they have to do their jobs, because I won’t shy away from making the right decisions for the group.
“They can’t slip up because there are players waiting to get their chance.”
Goalkeeper Alderson comes into the side tomorrow with Rachael Laws away on international duty having been called up for the senior England squad’s final World Cup qualifier against Montenegro in Petrovac on Wednesday.