After netting four goals in the emphatic 13-0 victory over Hutchison Vale, there could be a case for suggesting the international break arrived at a bad time for Lori Gardner.
The ’Well forward was in lethal form as Donald Jennow’s side booked their place in the last eight of the SWPL Cup.
However Gardner, who has enjoyed a good start to life at Fir Park, feels the squad have returned from the break raring to go and is hoping to get among the goals in the league when Hibs visit Ravenscraig on Sunday.
“It was good to have a break and recharge,” she said. “All the girls are now excited to get back to playing and the challenges ahead.
“As a striker, it’s always good to get goals and I’m obviously looking to get as many as I can.”
While victory over struggling, lower league opposition in their last match came as little surprise to most, the margin of Motherwell’s success certainly did.
Gardner also feels the result came as a big lift following the disappointment endured at Forfar one week before, in which Kerry Montgomery was controversially denied a last gasp leveller.
“The result was very important,” Gardner added. “Regardless of opposition we always look to set up and play the same way.
“It was good to put in such a dominant performance and it has really helped our confidence for the league kicking off again.”
Successive double winners Hibs make the trip to Lanarkshire from the capital, having recovered from an early season setback.
They followed up their surprise opening day draw with victories over Celtic and Hearts.
Those results have gone someway to alleviating fears that a close season where they lost a number of star players would hamper their chances of another successful season.
Motherwell provided the opposition as Grant Scott’s side lifted their last trophy, the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, but Gardner says the previous meeting between the sides won’t be a factor.
“It’ll be a challenge but one we’re looking forward to,” the 22-year-old said. “These are the kind of games you want to be playing in and allows us to challenge ourselves against the best.
“We always try to look forward as individuals and as a team, so the previous result between the teams won’t come into our thoughts.”
The women of steel squad underwent major overhaul ahead of their first season in SWPL1 and Lori admits settling in has been an easy process.
The striker celebrated her 22nd birthday earlier in the week and now she is now targeting a belated gift.
“I’m really enjoying it. Everyone gets on really well which made it easy to settle in quickly.
“The standard of players who have remained and have been brought is high. We all share common goals and a have desire to be as successful as we can.
“It would be great to celebrate my birthday with a goal and that’s certainly what I’ll be hoping for.”