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Abergavenny Women got off to a good start in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League on Sunday, beating newly promoted Cascade Youth Club 3-0 on the opening day of the season.
We talked to Abergavenny captain Ceri Hudson, who was delighted with the result and the team's performance, as well as being confident that the team will be stronger this season:
WSS: Well done on a good win on Sunday, what was it like to be playing again and back with a victory?
CH: Fantastic. With COVID19 very much still present, we feel very privileged to be able to play. We have recently appointed a new manager, who alongside his coaching team have helped improve and transform our club into one that can compete in the WPWL. A special mention to the backroom staff at Abergavenny who have worked tirelessly to improve the off-field status of the club. The effort from the girls on Sunday is only echoed by the work put in behind the scenes.
WSS: It is never easy playing a newly promoted team in the first game, did you know much about Cascade going into the match?
CH: Yes, Cascade have always competed in the top half of the WWL. They are a strong and physical team who are currently playing with confidence following their promotion. We played Cascade in a pre-season fixture and from that experience, we knew we in for a tough game.
WSS: Did you feel it was important to get off to a good start in the match, which you did when Sian Bull gave you an early lead?
CH: Yes, very important and was a key message set by our manager as we knew from previous experience that Cascade would produce a strong second half performance. Sian's early goal helped settle any nerves and set us up for what was to be a very good team display.
WSS: What has it been like during pre-season, and do you feel that the team is stronger than it was last season?
CH: Pre-season has been an exciting time for all involved at the club. As mentioned above, we have appointed a new manager and coaching staff who have excelled in providing a platform for all players to perform in a professional environment. Players are competing for their places and the squad has been strengthened with some new arrivals. Understandably there were many protocol and measures put in place to ensure the safety of players and staff and would limit coaches during delivery. That said, coaches are dedicated in getting the best out of their players and have lifted the club following a very disappointing previous season.
WSS: This week you are away to Briton Ferry Llansawel, who will be playing their first match of the season. What kind of game are you expecting there?
CH: We are expecting a very tough and challenging game. Briton Ferry are a strong team on their home patch and retain possession well. They will be fired up into getting a positive result during their first game and will prove to be difficult opponents on the day.
WSS: Looking at the bigger picture, who do you think will be the main challengers for the title this season?
CH: Swansea and Cardiff Met are normally the top two teams who run away with the title. Conversely, Port Talbot and Cardiff City are capable of producing an upset. We at Abergavenny are certainly looking to challenge and hope to cause a few upsets ourselves.
WSS: Sunday was a big day for the league with the first match being televised live. How big an event is that for women's football in Wales, and what would it be like if Abergavenny were selected for a game in the future?
CH: It's a huge step for Women's football across Wales and both Swansea and Cardiff City should be proud of the performance they put on. No player or team should have to put up with the abuse and negativity shown by a select few just for playing football. All players within our league pay to compete, work/study full time and use football as a means of enjoyment.
As a club we would be honoured to play in front of the cameras and would strive off the occasion. There's a fine level between criticism and abuse, there's absolutely no place for it! It's important we all take a stand against any abuse and help change people perceptions on the female game.
Our thanks to Ceri!
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