HEAD coach Ryan Emery has challenged his players to make a “statement of intent” when Worcester Wolves women host Northamptonshire Titans in National League Division Two North on Saturday (6pm).

Wolves have yet to hit the ground running this season as they lost their opening league game 75-54 to Ipswich before going down 69-42 to Bristol Academy Flyers in the National Cup second round.

But having had a weekend off from action Emery said they had brushed up on aspects of their game and were relishing the prospect of facing Titans at the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus.

“We are only going to get better as the season goes on,” Emery said.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted against Bristol but we took a lot of lessons from the game.

“There were things we did well and things we didn’t.

“We have tried to address the things we didn’t do so well in practice this past week and have changed a couple of things which I think will benefit us going forward.

“Overall the players have risen to the challenge and after a weekend off they are excited about getting back on the court.”

Wolves will give a competitive debut to Adrinna Sustova who has recently come back from a injury that has kept her out of the beginning of the season.

“Northampton will be a difficult test for us,” Emery added.

“Last season they beat us away so we are definitely up for this. It should be a really good game.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and what we can control and take it from there.

“I think overall we are in a really good position. This is only our second league game of the season and it is a real opportunity for us to make a statement of intent going forward.”