Motherwell travel to Ochilview for a crucial SWPL1 clash with Stirling University on Sunday.
The women of steel are without a win in the league since their opening day victory over Stirling. Donald Jennow’s side will be desperate to end their winless run and stretch their advantage over the bottom side to seven points.
‘Well suffered a harsh lesson in their heavy defeat at Glasgow City last week and they will have to do without their skipper Kerry Montgomery, who was sent off midway through the second half.
The next seven days will bring fixtures against the side in bottom and the side in second bottom spot, two matches that will have a big say in whether Motherwell can challenge further up the table or face a fight for survival.
Kick-off is at midday at Ochilview in Stenhousemuir.
Stirling University have experienced a challenging start to the 2019 season.
Craig Beveridge’s side have managed just a single point from their first seven league encounters and they’ll be all too aware of the importance of avoiding becoming cut adrift at the foot of the table.
In their last league outing, Stirling held firm against cup double winners Hibernian for 70 minutes, but would eventually fall to a 3-0 defeat.
Goals have been scarce for the team in green so far this term, they have managed just three in the league while conceding 21 times.
Stirling University: SWPL1 – eighth – one point
Motherwell: SWPL1 – sixth – five points
What They Said
Motherwell head coach Donald Jennow feels the first round of league fixtures have been a mixed bag for his side.
The women of steel sit in sixth after seven games played and Jennow has urged his squad to strive for improved consistency as the second round begins against Stirling.
“We have performed well at times and been punished for mistakes on other occasions,” he said.
“In the second round of fixtures we need to strive for more consistency.
“If we can do that then we should be able to pick up more points.”