There are four games to go in the North Wales Womens League and it’s been an interesting season for the Lakesiders in their first year of womens football.
We speak to Town striker Ceri Redman about Bala’s debut season, team targets and injuries…
“Its been a steep learning curve for all of the squad” said Ceri when asked about Bala’s debut season as a womens team.
“We have brought together a group of players who have not played for a long period of time or are new to the game so this season has been about developing a team for seasons to come. We knew that it would be tough in our 1st season but we know we can start competing and getting more points on the board next season”.
Ceri signed for the Lakesiders in October and has plenty of football experience under her belt, playing for Wrexham and overseas in America. However her season has been cut short due to injury which has been a big blow to the squad.
“I have ligament damage to my ankle which happened during a game” she explained.
“I dont think I’ll be back until pre season, I’ve been told to rest for 8-10 weeks so I’m looking to return in time for pre season.”
The Ladies have come a long way in 9 months notching their first point on the board at home against Amlwch recently showing the progress they have made. Ceri tells us that the squad are now looking ahead to earning a first win before the end of the campaign.
“Our target was to gain a point this season. Looking at last years new teams, Bangor finished with 1 point in their 1st season so we wanted to match or better their 1st season, so we have achieved our 1st target so were not too disappointed with the draw.”
She continued “All of the squad have worked hard so now we want to win before the end of the season and go into next season knowing we aren’t fighting for that 1st win.”
With four games left to play – a double header v Rhyl and two away games at Denbigh and Bethel, what is the squads’ targets for the last 5 games?
“The target now is to win before the end of the season and to finish on a high” she said confidently.
Womens football is on the rise in Wales with the National team doing brilliantly against England a fortnight ago infront of a 25,000 bumper crowd. With the Lakesiders always looking for new girls to join, what would Ceri say to any girls wanting to join the current squad?
“We are a team who are developing, looking to progress next season and move up the table. We have a good morale in the dressing room and the squad is working together to achieve a team that can challenge in the next few years.”
“Whilst we always knew that the 1st season would be tough, it should encourage new players to join the team who can help us get stronger next season. Now we have the experience of our 1st season, we are looking forward to pre-season and getting ready for a fresh season” Ceri concluded.
The Bala Town Ladies train on a Tuesday night at Maes Tegid from 7.00p.m. until 8.00p.m. Come and join us!