Hayes: This team has a lot of potential

Hayes confirmed Lauren James will not be available for selection for this weekend’s clash but says the forward has settled in well since joining from Manchester United in the summer.

She said: ‘She’s home and she’s in an environment that was much needed for her with her family around. She’s not available for selection, not at this moment in time.

‘We still feel we’ve got to get some things right off the pitch. If we want Lauren to be successful, we’ve got to get everything in and around Lauren right. She’s still a young player that has played a lot of football and had substantial injuries.

‘My job is to make sure I keep her on the pitch once she comes back into the team and for now I’m taking the time to build all those areas around her.

‘There is a medical team, a performance team, a technical team all around Lauren and we want to get everything right so we are building Lauren for the long term and not just the opening few weeks of the season.’