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Massive game for Tamworth Ladies on Sunday

Friday Nov 22, 2019

 Tamworth Ladies take on Sutton Rangers.

 Tamworth Ladies take on Sutton Rangers Lionesses in a top of the table clash at the CR MOT Centre Community Stadium at the Lamb on Sunday (KO 2.00pm)

 Second placed Tamworth Ladies face top of the table Sutton Rangers Lionesses in a clash which could see either team win the league come end of the season. Tamworth Ladies are currently sitting in second position in the league playing seven games winning six and drawing one. Sutton Rangers Lionesses have played eight and won all eight games. Tamworth Ladies played City of Stoke on Sunday 17th November 2019 winning eleven nil, when City of Stoke claimed they had eight players injured at seventy five minutes making the referee abandon the game. Sutton Rangers Lionesses last league game was Sunday 27th October 2019 when they were scheduled to play Walsall Wood Ladies, however the game was postponed. Meaning their last league game was Sunday 20th October 2019 when they played Staffordshire Victoria winning eleven, two.

 Ryan Hamilton’s views on the Ladies First Team, the season so far, Sutton Rangers Lionesses, support from the supporters and the aim for the next three seasons.

 It’s been fantastic, I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the club, the staff and the fans. It’s been really enjoyable so far, it’s a great place at the moment with the First Team top of the table, the Academy Development team too and Tamworth Ladies in second place. As well, the Academy Boys and Academy Girls are playing really good football too, so there’s a real buzz around the club. I’ve taken on some further roles within the club recently too which has been great, as well as managing Tamworth Ladies First Team, I’m also now a coach for the Boys Academy helping them learn and develop. Along with working with some fantastic coaches within the Academy is something I’m looking to forward to continuing. I’ve helped Jamie and the Academy Development team out two weeks ago in their cup win against Claverdon Football Club. It was a fantastic opportunity to be in the dugout coaching a really talented team, learning and challenging myself too. The opportunities Tamworth Football Club has provided has been brilliant and I’m looking forward to continuing my work here.

 I think on the whole we’ve been really good, I was tasked with coming to Tamworth and starting Tamworth Ladies from scratch. I made it clear from day one that whilst this is a long term development project, I would still be ambitious and aiming to be the best we can. So far, we’re unbeaten and won six of our seven games played, keeping five clean sheets too. For the girls to have been gelled so quickly and have the bond they do it’s fantastic, this bond and willingness to work for each other is something really unique and something I’ve not experienced in my career as a coach or manager yet. We’ve had to adapt our game to overcome the challenges teams have presented but largely the girls have adapted quickly and we have been successful so far but there is a long way to go and a lot more to come from this team. I know that both as a team and as individuals the girls will go onto achieve some big things. The team is largely made up of sixteen to eighteen year olds with one or two older heads to add experience. The blend we have is brilliant, the younger girls are learning from the more experienced girls, and as a team we are maximising our strengths well. I know that not just myself but my coaching team and the girls are really enjoying the season and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

 Sutton are currently top of the table, they have won all their games and have played some good football. It’s full credit to them that they sit at the top of the tree, however for us we know to be the best we need to beat the best, we will on Sunday be out to show exactly what we can do and how good we are. The team are really looking forward to the test, it promises to be a fantastic game with top two going head to head, the only two unbeaten teams in the table and the top two scoring teams. It’s a game that as a team we are delighted to be involved in and can’t wait for. As we normally do, we have prepared for our game the best we can, we’ve done our research but we firmly believe that we are capable of winning any game, we focus on our own performance and ensuring we play to our best, if we do that then I’m happy. I want my team to know that I trust them and that I have faith in each and every one of them and they know that when they step out onto that pitch they are all more than good enough to win any game, Sunday is no different, we play our game.

 The support from the club and the fans has been immense. The fans have been fantastic, we’re averaging around one hundred fifty supporters per game, with the Women’s FA Cup game hitting over two hundred supporters, which is more than teams in the national league, it really is humbling. I really appreciate it, the players do too, they love it. From the regular lads from the shed coming creating some noise to the regular families who travel to watch us home and away, to the Academy Girls who so often come and watch, for our team to see the impact and inspiration they are having on the young girls and boys of Tamworth is brilliant. From myself, the coaches and the team, thank you to every one of you who has come to a game, wished us well, shared our results on social media, it really does mean a lot to us and for us to grow and progress this support is key. This Sunday promises to be one of the biggest games of Tamworth Ladies short but ongoing history, if you can, please come down and give the girls your support and make some noise, your support is really appreciated.

 Tamworth Ladies is still in its early stages, we started this team and this development in June with the intention of not just having success as a Ladies Team but building a whole female sector to the club, with a Girls Academy leading into a Girls Scholarship programme to mirror the incredibly successful Men’s Scholarship programme. It’s not just about the ladies, it’s about the female game, to be playing a part in improving the young players in and around Tamworth and as a club to be giving opportunities to girls to play football is brilliant.

 In regard to the Ladies First Team, our aim is to grow, to progress and to continue to enjoy the game. Of course, we want to win, we made it clear we want to win our league and the cup this season and we continue to work hard to pursue this. We aim to establish ourselves as an upcoming club in women’s football, to hopefully gain promotion to give the people of Tamworth a team they can be proud of and most importantly, to keep our girls learning and enjoying football.

 Erica Turner is looking forward to the fixture against Sutton Rangers Lionesses.

 Sunday’s game against Sutton Rangers Lionesses will be a challenging game for us. It’s first against second in the league with both teams being undefeated. Sutton are five points ahead of us but we have a game in hand on them. This big game could go a long way to deciding who could be league champions at the end of the season. Although it will be a challenging game, it’s a game that I feel that as a team we are ready for and can win. We are in great form at the moment and playing some of the best football we have as a team. The team have been training well with all players enjoying the sessions that the coaching team deliver. I am proud to be captain of this team and I know that as a team we all work hard for each other as we always do and we can come away with three big points.

 Tamworth Ladies top goal scorer Liv Woolston is relishing the challenge of Sutton Rangers Lionesses.

 I’m really looking forward to playing against Sutton Rangers Lionesses, and I know the rest of the girls are too. It won’t be easy but I know if we play our game we can give any team a game and its games like this where I want to score many.

 Tamworth Ladies play Sutton Rangers Lionesses on Sunday 24th November 2019. Come and show your support, entrance to the game is through the Sponsors Lounge. Under eighteens are free, and adults are one pound.

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