Warriors Women’s Head Coach previews Sunday’s Women’s Super League fixture vs Bradford Bulls Women.
Warriors Women currently sit four points ahead of opposition Bradford.
Warriors return for their final home fixture of the regular season at the Robin Park Arena.
Wigan Women’s Head Coach, Kris Ratcliffe, believes the opposition will be high in confidence when they arrive on Sunday, following their close encounter in their last meeting.
Wigan Warriors Women welcome Bradford Bulls Women this Sunday (K.O 2pm) as they play their final home fixture of the regular season. The Warriors took a comprehensive win over Wakefield Trinity Knights Ladies last weekend, and a win over the Bulls will almost certainly secure a play-off tie for Wigan.
Speaking on the opponents, Ratcliffe said: “Bradford have bridged the gap with the top four this year and are looking for a win against one of the top three to become serious contenders. They targeted a victory over us at Odsal in the year, and came very close with us having to overturn a deficit to get the win.”
“They will have gained massive confidence from that effort, and other recent performances and they will have the belief that they come and turn us over on our own turf.”
The Head Coach has plenty of belief in his own side, however: “We know that as close as they came, we were the ones that left with the two-points, and having built character and resilience. We have been focused over the last few weeks on playing with control and when we do that, we can win any game.”
He added: We now move into the final stages of the season, and following Bradford will face only the contenders for the title from now until the season end. Every team wants what we have, the Women’s Super League title. We’ve been there before and tasted success, and the girls want more.”
Warriors Captain, Gemma Walsh, was shown a red card in the Women’s tie against Featherstone Rovers a few weeks ago, resulting in a ban which will be appealed. On this, Ratcliffe said: “We have faced and overcome a lot of challenges this year with injuries and discipline issues, culminating in Gemma’s sending off against Featherstone. We are supporting our Captain as we face a decision on the appealed ban, and are hoping she will get the chance to return to the field soon.”
Ahead on Sunday’s game, Ratcliffe summarised: “We have regrouped, refreshed and starting to find some form. We are getting back to full strength at just the right time, and I am confident that you will see a true Champion side over the coming weeks.”
Tickets will be available on the day for the clash between Wigan Women and Bradford Bulls Women at the Robin Park Arena on Sunday 8th September, 2pm Kick-off. Tickets will be free for Season Ticket Holders, with non-Season Ticket holders priced at £5 per Adult and £3 per Concession.