WPL: Striker Lauren Allan returns to play for Adamstown Rosebud in Herald Women's Premier League

IMPACT: Lauren Allan has returned to boost Adamstown ahead of their crucial clash with Wallsend on Sunday.
IMPACT: Lauren Allan has returned to boost Adamstown ahead of their crucial clash with Wallsend on Sunday.

Last year she scored 16 goals in an eight-match cameo for Adamstown and the long-awaited return of Lauren Allan for Rosebud this weekend could not have come at a better time.

As the Herald Women’s Premier League reaches its midpoint, sixth-placed Adamstown are six points adrift of the top four.

They have only beaten winless Thornton, who are rooted to the bottom of the ladder, but held competition leaders Warners Bay to a draw in the first round.

Rosebud coach Paul Devitis described their round-11 clash with fourth-placed Wallsend at The Gardens on Sunday as “a huge game”.

The last time the two sides met, the Red Devils won 3-1.

“The last time we played them was our worst game all year,” Devitis said.

“It was our third game in a week and we were poor that game. I think they’re a top-two team in terms of the football. We need to take some points and it’s a game we want to play because we know last time we played them we were poor by our own standards and also because of our position on the ladder. So there will be no excuses not to produce our best performance of the year this weekend.”

Allan has returned to Newcastle from playing in the United States and Devitis said her presence at training proved a boost.

“Lauren is only young still but has got experience, which is what we don’t have in the final third at the moment,” he said.

Adamstown have lost goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon to a knee injury for four to six weeks and Natalie Wiseman will step in.

Wallsend are still without defensive midfielder Jess Evans through unavailability but coach Marc Hingston said Britney Duff will take her place again this weekend after having impact last round.

South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes wants his side “to keep building” after a potentially season-turning 6-5 win over third-placed New Lambton last weekend.

An unchanged line-up should take on Merewether United at Myamblah Oval on Sunday and Parkes said defence across the park would be a focus.

Warners Bay host Thornton at John Street Oval.

All games are on Sunday at 2.30pm.