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Actonians Ladies had a good first season overall in the Premier League and are ready to start all over again with a trip to Cambridge Utd in their opening game on Sunday, with one or two notable changes.
"The biggest change over the summer for us was that we, in line with the rest of the club, dropped the "Old" and are now called Actonians LFC," says secretary Linda Fox. "This is due to the club no longer having the school association it used to have back in the day.
"In terms of personnel, we were delighted that manager Daniel Chitty is staying on with James Jack assisting, Phil Carroll is coaching the goalkeepers as well as the reserves while Craig Brown has taken charge of the Development team (formerly the 3rds).
"We also teamed up with Alex Fitness, a state of the art gym in Chelsea where former Bristol Academy strength and conditioning coach Shannon Jewell has been putting the team through the paces every Tuesday.
"We're delighted to have re-signed most of the squad from last season which gives us a great base to start from while adding a few new players into the mix. Paige Horsnell is a young and very promising goalkeeper who joins us from Hampton & Richmond, Claire Hollingsworth is an experienced centre back that has moved from MK Dons while Katrina Duncan-Marshalleck is another experienced player, the speedy striker having played for Colchester and West Ham in the past.
"Rhena Eames is another talented centre back previously with QPR, as well as Melissa Orme who is a combative player that can play in various positions. Two further players, Anais Escalona and Emilia Hubka joined towards the end of last season and finished the season with the reserves, have also been moved up to the first team squad. Both are technically gifted and hard working attacking players. We are still hopeful of adding one or two more as well.
"So with a bigger squad size and more strength in depth we are feeling very positive about the coming season, the aim is to improve on last season's tenth place finish when a huge backlog of fixtures towards the end coincided with serious injuries to key players and perhaps saw us not get as many points as we could otherwise have.
"The team will be playing home games at North Greenford Utd where we have really been made to feel welcome and part of the club and we are really looking forward to the new season!"
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