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Lewes Ladies have, in the last few years, made a meteoric rise in the women's game.
Nine years ago Lewes (known as the Rookettes) were playing Regional League football and for the first time in their history, this season sees them playing in the Premier League. Blending expansive, fluent skill with a strong work ethic, Lewes won the South East Combination by a margin of 15 points last season. Their ambition for this, and every, season has been to improve on last season's performance. With a talented squad, a committed management and coaching team and solid backing from both the club and its community they are confident of continuing that improvement.
The Rooks Ladies have made a number of new signings this season which has enabled them to strengthen, with every position in competition. The new signings have all played at a higher level and will bring both experience and quality in all areas of the pitch.
Lewes Manager Jacquie Agnew has an 18-strong squad to choose from, such is the improvement in squad strength and depth. This is due in equal measure to increasing success on the pitch in previous seasons, a welcoming club atmosphere and a reputation for putting players first.
At the start of this campaign Agnew will set the squad a number of objectives, the number one priority being to do well in the Southern Division. Jacquie commented: "We are really looking forward to the season and playing at this level, the squad have had a good pre-season and our spirits are high. This will be my tenth year in charge so it's fitting to be finally playing in the WPL and I'm looking forward to a new learning curve and some new opposition!
"It's a really nice feeling to know what you set out ten years ago as an aspiration has now come to fruition, and as a custodian of this team I want to see how far we can take it."
There are other targets like the FA Women's Cup which, although near impossible to win, is essential they do well in as it generates some cash which can then help cover some of the costs of running a successful side. Other cup competitions such as retaining the Ryman Cup and winning the Sussex Challenge Cup for a third time are also targets for Agnew and it would be nice to add some more silverware to an already impressive list of honours. The Premier League Cup will provide a new challenge and one they are looking forward to.
It is important that everyone buys into the vision as Agnew is a believer in creating an environment which brings out the best in the players with great team chemistry and everyone pulling in the same direction. She believes everyone has the ability to operate at the next level above if they have the desire!
Lewes play their first ever Premier League match away to fellow newly promoted side Yeovil Town this Sunday. The Sussex side are the only brand new team in the league as the other three Combination League winners have previously been members of the Premier League.
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