Sunderland in friendlies against Rangers, Celtic and Hibs

Carlton Fairweather
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CARLTON Fairweather hopes to field some potential new talent when Sunderland Ladies play on “home” soil for the first time in 2015.

The Lady Black Cats play Scottish club Rangers in a pre-season friendly at Consett tomorrow (kick-off 2pm).

Fairweather is looking to view a trialist or three in his squad as Sunderland build towards the Women’s Super League season, which starts next month.

There are also games against Celtic and Hibs on the pre-season schedule.

The head coach already has a gifted squad at his disposal, but it is quite a young and raw one, hence his desire to add numbers and experience.

“There will probably be two or three trialists for this game,” he told the Echo.

He will be hoping for a case of third time lucky tomorrow on the 4G surface at the Belle View Stadium.

Sunderland have had two 90 minutes under their belts to date, a 1-1 draw at Glasgow City a fortnight ago and a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

There was plenty of promise shown at Villa, despite the agony of a last-gasp defeat.

Fairweather expects a test tomorrow but hopes for an improved display and result.

“I’ll be looking for a better performance,” he said.

“And as much as you talk about results not being that important in pre-season they still give you a boost if you are winning.

“It can lift you individually and as a group.

“I’m looking forward to the game and for us to produce a good performance and a result.

“But I always watch clips of who we are playing and Glasgow Rangers are a hard-working side, technically good, and they try to move the ball about, so I am expecting a difficult game.”

Sophie Williams and Rachel Furness, who sat out the FA Cup defeat, will again be absent tomorrow though Fairweather hopes both will be fit for the start of the league season away to Liverpool.