Words: Shaun Harrison; Pictures: John Shirras
AS the first team opens the 2019/20 season with a tough assignment at Brighouse Town Ladies on Sunday, they do so after a challenging pre-season under their belt, a more settled side and a clear intensity to challenge for honours this year.
Along with Brighouse, the women’s first team take on Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Chester-Le-Street, Durham Cestria, Leeds United, Liverpool Feds, Newcastle United, Norton & Stockton Ancients and Stockport County in the 12-team FA Women’s National League Division One North.
We want to create an environment that attracts players that want to play for Chorley FC Women and that the club and coaches can relate to – Andy Ramskill (Head Coach, Chorley FC Women)
It has been evident during the summer that Chorley FC Women have made an significant impression in the women’s game locally. We’ve been able to attract a significant number of exciting, technically gifted and talented players from more fashionable clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, and AFC Fylde.
The all-conquering FAWNL Division Two North Reserve champion Development Squad have been renamed Chorley FC Women Reserves, and are joined in the development setup by under-18 & under-15 sides.
The addition of under-18s and under-15s teams to compliment the reserve and first team squads demonstrates a clear pathway for girls football under the Chorley FC umbrella – Dean Stevely (Head Coach, Chorley FC Women Reserves)
*The women’s first team play all their home games at Victory Park and begin their slate of fixtures at HQ on Sunday, August 25 (2pm) when Leafield Athletic visit in the opening round of the FA Women’s National League Cup. Admission is FREE for season ticket holders & under-12s (£3 adults & £1 concessions).