The South West Women’s Regional League was a different ball game for Laverstock and Ford Ladies FC, but halfway through they are finally settling in.
They are currently at the middle of the table, and quite happy, after initially struggling with confidence and adjusting to increased travel times.
“At the beginning of the season, the ladies were nervous about going into that league, whether they were good enough,” manager Karen Musselwhite said.
“It was a lot of work convincing them they deserve it and they can do it.”
The team is now in good spirits and aims for a top-four finish as they have proved they deserve a spot in the league while also having the county cup trophy in their sights.
“If we can get that, it’s a massive achievement because we have gone from grassroots football to level 5,” Karen said.
All players have improved along the line, but some stood out more than others. Left back Laura Beal improved consistently during her first season, and left-wing duo Evie Cummings and Jen Parr were doing extremely well as a unit, she added.
Jen is happy with their performance and said this season was a benchmark for the team as they are unfamiliar with the competition.
“It’s a lot about finding our feet this season just to see where we fit in and need to improve on,” she said.
“We are going into every game just giving it our all.”
Right back Kate Sullivan said attitude is very much present during training, as well, while they also take time to support each other and have fun.
“We all raise each other up to be the best we can,” she said. “When you look at these ladies, mad is probably the right word, but it’s positive mad.”
If the team can keep improving, things look positive for the ‘Lavvy’ ladies on the pitch in 2019.
But the ladies have had a hard time finding sponsorship, other than big supporters Alexandra Heating Services and Bromspec Motorworks, and the number of spectators leaves more to be desired.
“I would really like to start getting support from locals to come and watch us,” Karen said.
“We’re not sure how to encourage people because we don’t charge (entry fees) and people who have come, have all said we play quality football and they’ve really enjoyed watching it.”