Our first competitive game is upon us in The FA Cup on Sunday 11th March against Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2pm kick off at our new home Staines Town FC.
To say we are excited is understatement! I know me and the girls are looking forward to the game as it is our first competitive game since October
There have been many changes over the winter period and a lot of hard work has gone into this season’s preparations on and off the pitch. First of all we released, Frankie Gibbs, Shelby Hills, Naomi Cole, Leanne Champ, Emma Plewa and Becky Jane from the club. We have signed Sophie Ingle, Katie Sherwood, Tori Williams, Sue Lappin, Helen Bleazard and Dunia Susi. We needed to add strength and depth to squad so we could be in a position to create competition for places and to cope with any injuries or suspensions! I have also brought Aidan Boxall as my new Assistant Manager.
Training has gone really well but the game situation has been very frustrating. We had two friendlies called off with Colchester and Brighton due to the weather, our game against Millwall only lasted an hour due to a freak injury to the now-fully-recovered Dunia Susi. Then with Wales, Ireland and England we lost 10 players to
One thing that we have done in pre season is a lot of classroom sessions with the girls where we have had some good interaction as well as a look-a-likes board! So far the staff have been battered, the best being Dan McLoone as Sergi the meerkat!
After the FA Cup tie against Brighton we host Lincoln in the Continental Cup group stage again at home with a 2pm kick on Sunday 18th March at Staines Town!
I’ll update you next week as to how the Brighton game went and how our preparations are going for the Lincoln game!
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