Motherwell open their SWPL1 campaign on Sunday afternoon as Stirling University visit Fir Park.
The close season has been one of major transition for Donald Jennow’s squad, with only five members of last season’s SWPL2 winning side remaining at the club for their top flight challenge.
Making the step up to the top league in Scottish women’s football will represent a stern test for the women of steel, though they will take confidence from their performances and results in pre-season. A 2-2 draw with Newcastle United was followed up with a 3-1 success over St Johnstone.
Kick off at Fir Park is 2pm. Entry is free, for all with spectators housed in the Phil O’Donnell Stand.
After recording an impressive fourth place finish during the 2017 season, Stirling University found life in the top flight somewhat more difficult in 2018.
They would finish in seventh place, one place and three points above Hamilton Accies who were relegated to SWPL2.
Ahead of the new season, interim head coach, Craig Beveridge has targeted an improvement in their league position, sighting consistency as the key to ensuring a more successful year.
Motherwell: SWPL2 – 1st – 53 points
Stirling: SWPL1 – 7th – 15 points
WHAT THEY SAID
Sarah Crilly is desperate to get her career with the women of steel off to a flyer when they face Stirling University in the season opener at Fir Park.
“I’m buzzing to get going, it’s been a long and cold pre-season,” said Crilly.
“It’s hugely important we get off to a good start, Stirling have always been a team that are difficult to take points from.
“They are a good team, a scrappy team and I think it’ll be a battle in the midfield.
“Hopefully we can come out on top and get a result that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”
‘Well gaffer Donald Jennow is relishing the challenge of mixing it with the country’s top sides.
And after overseeing a close season of big transition, Jennow has praised the attitude and desire of his new recruits.
“We are looking forward to it and I’m happy with how we are progressing,” Jennow said.
“Making the changes hasn’t been difficult because of the support I’ve had.
“The coaching team have been a great help with recruitment.
“Part of the reason that I’m so happy with the players we brought in is that it wasn’t a hard sell, they all want to be here and that’s half the battle.”
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