Weston Ladies aiming for second successive promotion

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 August 2017

Celebration time after the Somerset County League Division Two title was secured.

Celebration time after the Somerset County League Division Two title was secured.

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Weston-super-Mare Ladies have returned to training over the past week and have a full pre-season schedule planned for this month, ahead of their second season as a football club.

Their first season was a success as they raced to the Somerset County Women’s League Division Two title, under the astute leadership of manager Josh Donoghue and assistant coach Phil Sheridan.

But this season will be different, with more staff joining the club and a new challenge for the ladies in Somerset County Women’s League Division One.

Tim Richens has joined the club, in Winterstoke Road, as an assistant coach alongside goalkeeping coach Kaine Perks.

There has also been progress with players, and despite some having moved on there has been a huge amount of interest in the club over the summer months.

Weston Ladies FC.Weston Ladies FC.

Stacie Morrissey, who is the women’s academy director said: “We have had a great turn out this season of old and new players, with lots of women fighting to take their places on the pitch.

“Unfortunately, due to progression opportunities we have also lost a few of our key players from last season but we wish them all the best with their development in their new teams.

As well as recruiting on the pitch, Weston Ladies have secured sponsorship from Bar Cameo, in Walliscote Road, and QED. They have provided the team with home and away kit and will support them throughout the season.

Manager Josh Donoghue told the Mercury he is aiming for a second successive promotion as he takes the reigns for the 2017/18 campaign.

He said: “After our very successful first season my team and I hope for even more success in the coming season.

“The aim this season will be the same as last, win the league and gain promotion and advance even further in the cup competitions. With the squad that we now have I feel that this is very much a realistic goal.

“The women have been brilliant in pre-season training so far and are putting in the effort to get to a level above the competition.

“Once again I am very proud to be at the helm of the team and can’t wait to get the season underway. It would be great to see many people come down and support the team.”

The ladies have begun pre-season training and ran out 8-0 winners against Misfits Women on Monday.

Next up, the ladies will host Ilminster at The Woodspring Stadium on August 10, with kick off at 7pm.

Captain Jasmine Baker said she cannot wait for the season to start and called the newly-formed club a ‘family’.

She said: “I am extremely proud to have been chosen to captain the women’s team this season. “We have a great team of players, which I know can produce another successful season in both the league and also cup tournaments.

“I am so proud of all the girls, their determination and dedication to our team has continued to astound me. It’s the best team I have played for, as it’s more than a team, it’s a family.”

Weston Ladies are in search for a goalkeeper. If you think you have what it takes contact the club by emailing Stacie.Morrissey@wsmafc.co.uk

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