Motherwell boss Donald Jennow believes game time was the most important factor, as his side conceded a late leveller in a friendly draw at Newcastle United.
The women of steel twice led the match and despite working with a vastly different squad from last season, played some encouraging football during an encounter that was contested in freezing conditions.
With Motherwell’s SWPL1 season opener against Stirling University just three weeks away, Jennow will continue to ramp up the intensity of training to ensure his side are ready for the step up to the top flight.
“The team have come off the back of quite a long off season and while training has been very good, nothing substitutes the minutes and the type of work that goes into a game,” he said.
“We’re getting there, there’s still work to be done though, we’ll able to continue to ramp things up in terms of intensity.
“Things are going to schedule so far and hopefully as we move closer to the start of the season, then that will continue.”
The 280-mile round trip presented a good opportunity for the much changed ‘Well squad to build team spirit, as well as testing themselves against English opposition.
It was a test Jennow believes they handled well and he was keen to talk up the positive effects of a lengthy pre-season trip.
“It was a good first step,” he added. “The couple of hours on the bus and in the restaurant after the game gives the players a chance to have a conversation about something other than football.
“You want players who get on with each other as much as being able to play football together.”