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West Ham United are already looking ahead to next season, hoping to push on from a fifth place finish in the FA Tesco Women's Premier League Southern Division, with first team manager Tony Marshall aiming at going for the title.
"We suffered from too many draws this year - especially early on in the season," he explained. "Nina Downham arrived after we had already drawn seven games and her instinct around the box could have turned a good few of those into three pointers."
Marshall feels if he can add few more experienced players to his squad then the jigsaw will be complete: "We have had a strong emphasis on youth and that is still our view of the way forward but it is no secret that I would like a couple of older heads out there to bring the youngsters through."
In true West Ham tradition, there is certainly a conveyer belt of talent waiting to join the senior sides with the club's Under-16s lifting the UK Home International Tesco Cup at weekend at Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium last week. The young Hammers represented England after lifting the National title a week earlier at Pride Park and, after a dramatic semi final penalty shootout win over Wales (represented by Cardiff City) they came from a goal down to win the final against Scotland (Hibernian) 2-1 to claim the title.
Under-16 manager Jim Maycock was naturally very proud of the squad, saying: "The girls have worked so hard all season and today has been their reward. Even at a goal down to a very good Scottish team we stuck to our principles of playing the ball on the floor and waiting for the openings and eventually the chances came. The side will have memories from today that I hope they will keep for many a year."
In preparation for next season's campaign, the club is holding open trials on Sunday 13th June. Senior players should contact Colin Roache via RoacheC@dean-wood.co.uk whilst junior players can get in touch with Jim Maycock via email@example.com for further details.
The club is also looking to expand its coaching staff with managerial and coaching vacancies across their seven sides. Interested coaches (holding a minimum Level 2 award, a current FA CRB and safeguarding children certificate) should send a footballing CV to Tony Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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