Looking for a strong finish

January 30 2017

In their third season in the FA Women’s Premier League St Nicholas Ladies are looking to finish the season strongly but face tough opposition in the FAWPL SW Division one.

 In their third season in the FA Women’s Premier League St Nicholas Ladies are looking to finish the season strongly but face tough opposition in the FAWPL SW Division one.

Usually based at the Ridings in Chipping Sodbury the team moved to Yate Town FC in 2014 to satisfy the ground grading requirements of the FAWPL.  St Nicholas managed to agree the hire of their pitch on Sunday afternoons and this has been the home venue since entering the league. 

They have recently welcomed back former youth players who have been showcasing their talent at home and abroad. Kirsten Rendall has returned following spells at Bristol Academy before completing a scholarship in the USA with Troy University in Alabama. On return to the UK last year she joined Yeovil Town Ladies and helped them gain promotion to the FA Women’s Super League 1. 

Hannah Short was also part of the Yeovil Town promotion winning squad and is currently on loan with St Nicholas Ladies before she returns to Yeovil for the opening game of the FAWSL Spring Series against Liverpool Ladies. 

A key addition to the squad has been goalkeeper Abigail Evans who has proved to be a crucial addition to the squad. Having also completed a scholarship in the USA at St Leo University in Florida she now balances football against the demands of playing representative cricket for Bristol Phoenix CC and Gloucestershire County CC Women.

Of the girls who are new to the club Rebecca Halford has already represented Wales at U19, touring last October with the National side to the UEFA qualifying tournament in Macedonia and playing in matches against the host nation Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

 

2016 ended in defeat for the squad, however they are starting to gel and have already put in a strong performance against Plymouth Argyle LFC, currently second in the division. They scored the opening goal and lead for most of the first half but were unable to hold out and conceded a late goal to go in level at half time. Plymouth proved too strong for St Nicks in the second period and were the more precise of the two sides eventually running out 4-1 winners. 

The New Year has started quietly with only one game in January with most teams tied up in county cup competitions and a number of fixtures have been re-scheduled. 

St Nicholas Ladies will now face a game every weekend from the start of February through to the middle of May. Opposition includes local rivals Keynsham Town Ladies and Brislington Ladies; Basingstoke; Maidenhead; Southampton; Exeter City, before the final game against current league leaders Chichester City Ladies.

 The team is always on the lookout for sponsorship and welcomes any support for home matches.

Photo: St Nicks Ladies Kirsten Rendall playing football for Troy University.