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Lewes manager John Donoghue and his staff have been working hard with the players, setting up a series of challenging matches.
"I'm very happy with the quality of the opposition we've seen in pre-season," said Donoghue, after matches against WSL's Millwall Lionesses and Southampton Saints WFC. "The players have hit the ground running. I'm pleased with the way it's gone. There's a bit more depth to the squad now and we're looking to build on a successful second half of last season."
There are some new faces as well as some old friends coming to the Pan Siro. Lightning quick striker Georgia Bridges returns after three seasons with Cardiff Met Ladies, Kim Stenning joins from Brighton and Tammy Waine is back after a highly successful spell as player-coach at Chichester. Rebecca 'Chewie' Carter and Fliss Love join the squad, from Crawley Wasps and BHAWFC respectively. Defender Bex Thompson is back in full training after missing most of last season with injury.
Veteran captain Kelly Newton follows up her testimonial season by re-signing this term. "I'm as keen as ever to play," she said. "I love the game and I love this team. I can't wait for the season to start."
Donoghue has strengthened his back room team, too. In come Adam Wolecki (First Team Assistant Manager) and Julian Killner (Goalkeeping coach).
This season promises to be more competitive than ever. A resurgent, well backed Crystal Palace join fellow London sides Tottenham Hotspurs, Charlton Athletic, C & K Basildon and West Ham. Cardiff, Coventry and Portsmouth offer similarly stern tests, with all teams reporting strengthened squads and lofty ambitions.
Lewes kick off the 2016-17 season against West Ham Ladies on Sunday 21st August at the Dripping Pan. This promises to be a cracker, with both sides looking to put down a marker for the new FAWPL season. West Ham arrive for the curtain-raiser under their new manager, James Marrs. The Lewes faithful may well recognise one or two new players from recent encounters with his former club.
The match starts at 2pm and admission for adults is £3, kids (under 16) go free. Entry includes our match day programme.
Photo - Lewes new signings Georgia Bridges and Rebecca Carter.
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