Sunday marks the start of the season for AFC Telford United Women as they look to go one step further than last season and secure promotion into the West Midlands Premier Division.
Last season they were beaten to the league by local rivals Shifnal Town but 7 wins on the bounce ensured they pipped Walsall Wood Ladies to second place on the last game. With no promotion for second place they will hoping to go one better and secure promotion.
First up for the Bucks is newly promoted side Coventrians. The visitors finished second in the Birmingham County League losing just one of their 18 league games and were pipped to league by Alvechurch. Attention then turns to the FA Cup the following week where they have been drawn at home to Bewdley Town of the West Mids Southern league.
Manager Sean Evans has retained the large core of the squad that ended the season strongly last time out. That includes top goalscorer Jaime Duggan and Player of the Year Beth Cleveley. Furthermore, Evans has at his disposal a strong crop of youth players to complement his experienced side with no less than 14 players making the step up to the senior side during the course of last season. This includes young player of the year Megan Jones who netted 9 goals in her debut season.
It’s also been a busy close season with 7 new faces joining the Bucks. Talented right sided defender Liv Bellamy arrives from Wolves. Sisters Libby and Abby White join from Sporting Khalsa whilst Keira Mills makes the step up from our youth side. Sasha Woodhouse joins having experienced National League football with Wem Town last season whilst familiar face Charlotte Budd makes the same move from Wem after a couple of seasons away from the club. Finally Jess Davis returns to football having previously played for the side during the Covid hit season.
Meanwhile defender Hannah Clarke makes the move into the coaching setup in addition to her role with the Under 17 Girls.
3 new teams enter the West Midlands Regional Women’s League North this season all being promoted from the Staffordshire Women’s League or Birmingham County League respectively. Newcastle Town and Leek Town reserves join Sundays opponents Coventrians.
League winners Shifnal Town are promoted out the league whilst Wyrley and City of Stoke drop out the league.
03/09- Coventrians (H) @ TCAT
10/09- Bewdley Town (H) FA Cup
17/09- Tamworth (A)
24/09- Walsall (H)
All fixtures take place at 2pm unless stated.