Derby County visit Community Drive on Sunday...
STOKE CITY LADIES manager Steve Swanwick is relishing the start of the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division season this weekend.
The Potters kick-off their campaign with a home fixture against local rivals Derby County on Sunday and Swanwick is optimistic ahead of the opening day clash.
“The girls are looking fit and sharp and we’ve ironed out quite a few technical issues,” he said. “I think we’re as ready as we’re going to be.”
City have been in a dominant mood through pre-season, winning all but one of their five matches and scoring 24 goals in the process, and are also in superb competitive form, losing just once in their last 12 games.
That run leads Swanwick to believe the Potters could be knocking on the door of the FA Women’s Super League come next summer.
“We’ve got a great opportunity,” he added. ”The side that wins the league needs an element of luck and if the luck goes our way we’ve got a side that will be up there without a shadow of a doubt.”
The club have strengthened on the pitch through the summer, notably welcoming Hannah Keryakoplis, Lou Roberts and Laura Garside back to the squad as well as adding fresh faces including Stacey Wright (Birmingham City) and Antonia Carta (Blackburn Rovers).
“They bring a level of professionalism,” said Swanwick about the new additions. “We’re over the moon with what we’ve got and how they’re all going.”
Additionally, a youthful batch from Stoke City’s RTC have made the step up to senior football and the club have entered a side into the Staffordshire Girls & Ladies Football League to further their development.
It’s all set up for a memorable season for Stoke City Ladies and Stoke City Season Card Holders can attend all home matches free of charge.
The Derby County fixture takes place on 20th August 2017 at Community Drive (2.00pm kick-off).