IT'S a big weekend for Rotherham United Ladies.
They take on TNS at Roundwood on Sunday (3pm) needing a victory to all but secure their status in the Premier League Midlands Division for another season.
The Lady Millers went down 4-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers Women last Sunday with an under-strength line-up due to injuries, illness and holidays.
Influential skipper Bradie Wild was welcomed back after months out injured, albeit in goal for the day for the match played at Hednesford Town FC.
Lily Wishart forced a good save in the early stages and the Millers tried to utilise Nat Shaw's pace but Wolves took the lead after a delayed reaction to a ricochet inside penalty box led to a home player prodding home.
This didn't knock the ladies' confidence and they got their just rewards in the 44th minute when Shaw latched on to a loose ball and calmly slotted home into an empty net to equalise.
The second half started much the same as the first but the match took a turn in the 70th minute when Wolves went back in front with a header from a corner.
A free-kick into the top corner increased their advantage before a freak own goal completed the scoring but manager James Leggitt saw plenty to enthuse him ahead of an important fixture.
He said: "We knew we were missing a few influential players but the ladies who pulled on the shirt worked extremely hard and although I am disappointed with the result, I am proud of the performance," he said.
"Louise McCreadie had an outstanding debut. She is the fifth U18 to have stepped up to the senior team and we now have a huge game to focus our attentions on."
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