Inverness Caledonian Thistle Women return to home action this weekend as they face Renfrew at Millburn Academy on Sunday, 12.30pm kick-off.

It’s been a frustrating return to action for the team as they have suffered league defeats against both Rossvale and Dryburgh. This weekend, Manager Karen Mason is looking to return to winning ways to keep the pressure on the play-off position.

Speaking to ahead of Sunday’s match, Mason said: “Frustrating is most definitely what it has been since the restart. We haven’t hit the heights of how we were performing in the first half of the season. We train so well but we don’t always take that in to matches. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to be able to handle the pressure of big games which has cost us over the last couple of weeks.”

“It’s vital that we stop this poor run of form, we had hoped to do that last weekend against Dryburgh but it wasn’t to be. We’ve not suffered 3 league defeats in a row this season and we have to do everything we can to stop that from happening on Sunday. 

Renfrew, who currently sit 6th in the league, are the visitors to Millburn Academy on Sunday and the ICTWFC boss nows three points will be vital in keeping the pressure on Ayr United in 2nd place but expects a tough test.

Mason said: “We look forward to every home game and not having to hit the A9! It’s a game that we know holds more importance now after recent results if we want to keep up the pressure on Ayr Utd in second place and not let East Fife catch us.”

“Renfrew are always difficult opponents and we only beat them for the first time back in October when we played one of our best games of the season to date. They have some quality individuals and recently signed one of the top goalkeepers in the Championship so it will be no easy task.”

Looking at team news for this Sunday, Karen said: “Our squad has been a bit thin on the ground since the turn of the year and without some of our Academy players moving up we would have been struggling for a full squad. We are currently without several key players for this weekend including Katie Cleland, Finella Annand, Nicola Ross and Kayleigh Mackenzie.”