Ladies Aim To Secure Back-To-Back Titles

SUFFOLK FA Ladies sponsored by HomeStore Self Storage will be aiming to secure back-to-back title wins on Thursday night.

Hosts Kent FA Ladies stand between Suffolk and retaining the East Anglian Counties Championship title they won last season for the first time in ten years.

Suffolk know a point at VCD Athletic in Dartford, kick-off 7.30pm, will be sufficient to win the Fred Welham Cup.

The fixture was originally scheduled for February 23rd but was postponed due to severe weather conditions which closed bridges and prevented the Suffolk side from travelling.

Suffolk FA Representative Team Co-ordinator Darryn Marsh will be in charge of the side as Emma Manning has had to stand down from the role following her appointment by The FA as the Women’s Talent Technical Coach for the East Region.

He said: “It will be a tough task against a Kent FA team which I am sure will be made up from players who are currently with the Women Premier League South East Division leaders Gillingham. However, I feel we have the experience and quality to cause them problems.

“The ladies will be motivated by the fact that they could achieve the feat of recording a successful title defence which is no easy task as suddenly you start the season as the targeted team.

“However, the girls have done exceptionally well and have gone from strength-to-strength. I think you just have to look at the last game away to Hertfordshire FA where we had several players out through injury and unavailability with some young players coming into the squad.

“Not only did the young players come in and do a fantastic job but the regulars showed their professionalism to overcome adversity to get a good 4-2 win.

“The Kent FA game will be a fantastic opportunity to test themselves against a well-organised team and dangerous side. However, the girls in the squad have genuine quality and I am sure they will rise to the challenge.

“Under previous manager Emma Manning, who will be a big miss, they set themselves a target of retaining the title and I have every faith in every player to deliver on that objective.

“It doesn’t matter if it is me or Emma on the sidelines because at the end of the day, they know what they must do to achieve what is needed.”

Suffolk (red shirts) are pictured on the attack against Hertfordshire Ladies FA during their 4-2 win at Letchworth in November.

Suffolk squad: Charlie Osborne (Walsham-le-Willows), Leanne Smith, Eva Hubbard, Jac Ball, Sian Fagg, Aimee Harrison, Tamesha Blackwood, Hollie Clement, Rox Small, Natasha Thomas, Zoe Cossey (all Ipswich Town), Abbie Everson, Cassie Craddock, Ciera Flatt, Gemma Moore (all Lowestoft Town), Paige Shorten (Norwich City).

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