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Coventry City Head Coach Paul Cudby is confident his side are prepared for the upcoming season and have what it takes to compete in the Premier League Northern Division.
The ladies kick-off their campaign on Sunday away to Manchester City and although Cudby knows how challenging the new league will be, he is hoping that without injuries and with a bit of luck, his side can cement a place in the division.
"Our first priority is to survive at the higher level first and foremost," he said. "It's a very tough and unforgiving league so hopefully we can make a decent start. If we can do that, get ourselves on a decent run, get a little bit of luck with injuries and in-game decisions, then who knows as it's such a tight league."
After the success of promotion last season from the Midland Combination League, Cudby has accepted that there have been many changes over the summer, but he has been impressed at how his players have responded. "Starting our reserves again and adding as many coaches to the structure as we have has meant a lot of change and adjustment. I'm really pleased with how everyone has responded to these changes though and we're moving forward quicker than I thought we would, which is credit to everyone.
"We've added several new faces, with a lot of experience too, and I think it will be key to see how the new players and existing players all interact, learn from each other and push each other on too."
Club Captain Natasha Lynch sacrificed one more season last year with the Sky Blues, a decision which clearly played off after gaining promotion with the club in style having lost only one game all season. Now Natasha feels that after a tough pre-season, which has included a respectable 7-4 defeat away to Liverpool and a well earned draw at home to Brighton, the team is ready to punch above their weight and compete in their new division.
"Last season I had the hard decision to make, whether to stay at CCLFC or move on to pastures new," she admitted. "I decided to give it one last push with this team because we had a fantastic squad who had the belief and desire to achieve great things and promotion shows that desire and believe.
"Pre-season has been very tough but rewarding and I would like to thank the efforts of all the coaching staff who have worked hard to get us prepared for the up and coming season. The fixtures this pre-season have been tough and challenging but have been great preparation for the up and coming season.
"With the strength and depth we now have in our squad due to the new signings we have acquired over the summer, I believe we have the capability of finishing in the top four if we remain strong as a team and fully focused on the task in hand."
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