South Shields Women begin their North East Regional Women’s Football League (NERWFL) season with a trip to Harrogate Town on Sunday.
The Mariners are aiming to carry the positive momentum they generated in pre-season into the new campaign and there are high hopes for Ben Garrity’s side, who finished fifth last time.
They ended the season in fine form with an unbeaten eight-game streak which featured seven wins, and Harrogate were one place and one point ahead of Shields, so Sunday’s match looks set to be a good early test of their credentials.
After the success of the inspirational England team over the summer, there is huge positivity and excitement surrounding the women’s game.
The hope is that will correlate to greater support for matches at all levels, with the Mariners hoping to benefit for that in their home fixtures at Harton Welfare and 1st Cloud Arena.
Supporters are advised to monitor the club’s social media channels and website for details of fixtures in the lead-up to each game.
Shields are facing a busy start to the season, with the Harrogate match to be followed by a trip to Wallsend four days later.
The first home game is against Blyth Town on Wednesday, September 14th, but at the time of going to print the venue for that fixture had not yet been confirmed. Please seek further details on the website in the coming weeks.
Garrity is set for his first full season in charge of the team and after the positive end to the last campaign, hopes are high among the squad.
The head coach said: “Pre-season provided us with a lot of different tests, which we hope will prove to be very valuable when the competitive games start.
“Some of the scorelines didn’t go our way, but the performances were positive in the main and the players demonstrated a lot of what we have worked on in training.
“We’ve got a tough start to the season away to Harrogate, but I’m fully confident in the players and can’t wait to see them return to competitive action.
“We’re hugely excited about the season ahead and hopefully the fans will show great support for the team in the months ahead.”
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