Stoke City Ladies star Ashleigh Hayes has been receiving plenty of praise in recent months.
Her lightning pace has terrorised defences and she’s bagged a remarkable 16 goals in her last 10 appearances but whilst she’s been getting plenty of assistance on the pitch, it’s off it where she needs a little bit of help at the moment.
Craig Pawson will take charge of Stoke for the fourth time this season on Saturday.
The referee last officiated at bet365 Stadium in the 1-1 draw against Everton- allowing Ryan Shawcross’ own goal to stand under controversial circumstances- and will be the main in the middle for the visit of Middlesbrough.
Stoke City U23s will play their sixth and final group match of the Premier League Cup this Thursday.
Their original clash against Reading was postponed over the weekend and the match will now go ahead at Clayton Wood (3pm kick-off).
Guest writer Daniel Buxton discusses the need to give Stoke’s promising crop of youngsters an opportunity at first team level- something that is currently being hindered by the size of the current first team squad.
These are exciting times within Stoke’s academy, not least thanks to last night’s progression to the FA Youth Cup semi-final.
Stoke’s U23 match against Reading has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
No new date has been announced for the Premier League Cup fixture.