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Frost Ends Ladies Team Role With Emphatic Victory

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17:40 19th December 2016

Potters record home triumph over table-toppers

ANDREW FROST signed off from his role as Stoke City Ladies manager with an emphatic victory at the weekend when his side recorded a resounding 5-1 win over table-toppers Middlesbrough.

Four goals from Ashleigh Hayes and another from Kate Asher ensured it was a successful swansong for Frost at Community Drive, who is set to take up a new full-time role within the Club's Academy in the New Year.

Having spent a total of eight-and-a-half-years involved in the female game for the Potters, he said that it was with heavy heart he's moving to pastures new albeit for what will be a dream job in foundation-level male football.

"I've had over five years in charge of the Ladies and it wasn't an easy day for me on Sunday as I've loved every minute of it," Frost said.

"I feel that I'm leaving the side in a really good state - both on and off the field - and the link-up that we have with the Club now is fabulous.

"The highlight for me was the treble-winning season of 2012/13 and then ever since playing in the Premier League week in, week out.

"We've had some fantastic support from people in the area and it was a special to see so many turn out for games at the bet365 Stadium in particular.

"I've gained a lot of friends from my time in charge and I'd like to thank all the players and staff for the backing of my philosophy as well."

The win gained in Frost's last match saw Stoke climb into fifth position in the FA Women's Premier League (Northern Division) table in what was the first league win since October.

Taking the reins moving forward will be Steve Swanwick who returns to the role following a five-year spell away from the first-team fold, although he had since returned to oversee the reserves.

"We recognised over the previous games that maybe a little heart and desire was missing and we wanted to rectify that this time around," he added.

"I think that we wanted to win the game more than they did and I'm delighted that we could get what was a long-awaited victory.

"I'll do my best to find time to go down and support the team when I can and I fully support the people in charge moving forward."

Swanwick's first game back in charge will be the trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday 15th January, the first of three consecutive away games, before the visit of West Bromwich Albion in February.

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