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Ladies Secure First Win Of Season

STOKE CITY LADIES secured their first three points of the 2013/14 season yesterday when they recorded a 3-1 win over Derby County.

Goals from Laura Garside, Meg Bowyer and Chantelle Gallagher gave the Potters their inaugural victory in The FA Women's Premier League (North) at only their third attempt.

It follows on the back of the opening day 3-3 draw with Newcastle United and the 2-1 opening home game defeat to Preston North End.

Joint-manager Duncan Gilchrist believes four points is a good return from the opening trio of fixtures, as City continue to adjust to life in the new division.

"We're more than happy with the start to the season and it was a tremendous team performance against Derby", he told

"The girls are learning game by game and we feel like we are doing well in the new league.

"Obviously the standard is a lot higher and you find that any mistakes you make that previously went unpunished are often capitalised upon at this level.

"Over the first three games we've shown that we can compete at this level are there are a lot of positives to be taken out of our start."

The Potters will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they host West Brom's Sporting Club Albion at Motiva Park in Stone next Sunday (kick off 2.00pm).

They were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against the Baggies in pre-season and know that it'll be a difficult game this time around too.

"It will be a tough fixture as they will be buzzing from a 4-0 win in their derby against Wolves last time out," he added.

"But from that we've seen in this league so far is that most teams can compete equally with each other and on any given day anyone can beat anyone.

"Having done very well to record the Club's first ever win at this level after just three games, we'll be looking for another one against them.

"Despite winning a treble this year, our main objective this year has to be to stay in the league.

"But if we can do that, then why not try and look to finish in mid-table? We certainly believe that we can do that."

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