Morphet calls for belief ahead of Stoke test

Wolves face their toughest test of the season to date when they meet Northern Premier Division high-flyers Stoke City in the National League Cup on Sunday.

The trip to the Potteries represents a huge challenge as Dan McNamara’s team look to stretch their impressive 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Stoke sit second in the table of the Northern Premier, a tier higher than Wolves’ division, after beating Fylde 3-0 in the most recent of their league encounters.

Co-incidentally Wolves are set to take on Fylde in the FA Cup on Sunday week, having already beaten them in a pulsating first round National League Cup tie.

And Anna Morphet, who hit the extra time winner in that thrilling 3-2 victory, says that performance can be the inspiration for another big result against Stoke.

“We really showed our battling qualities at Fylde,” says 18-year-old left back Morphet. “Football-wise we’ve played better, but in terms of desire and application on a difficult, muddy pitch we couldn’t have been any better.

“It was 1-1 after 90 minutes and then we went behind in extra time, so to come back and then nick the win right at the end was a brilliant achievement.

“Scoring the winner was a great feeling. Lowri Walker played a free-kick to me on the edge of the penalty area and my shot went into the bottom corner. The celebrations, especially at the final whistle, were just fantastic.

“I think we deserved the win, and if we can produce the same sort of performance on Sunday then we’ll have a good chance of creating another upset.

“It will be a tougher task at Stoke, who are doing really well this season, but if we go there with belief and show the same application as at Fylde then we can do it.”

Sadly for Morphet, she will not be involved in Sunday’s Cup tie as she recently sustained a back injury that could rule her out of action for a few more weeks.

But the former Aston Villa player, who joined Wolves from the Championship club last season, will be at the match to cheer on her team mates.

She says: “I’ve already missed some games because of the injury, but I’ve watched from the sidelines and I feel that we’re going really well.

“We’re playing with a nice rhythm and building momentum, and if we can get a win on Sunday that will be another big confidence boost.”