Town Ladies target an improved 2015 season

Banbridge Town Ladies begin their season tomorrow (Wednesday) by hosting Linfield Ladies Swifts at Crystal Park.
Banbridge Town Ladies begin their season tomorrow (Wednesday) by hosting Linfield Ladies Swifts at Crystal Park.

Banbridge Town Ladies are hoping for a more successful 2015.

After finishing rock bottom of Division One last year, they’re keen to secure any sort of a rise up the league table in the newly revamped Division One South.

And before they kick-off their campaign tomorrow (Wednesday) at Crystal Park (kick-off 7pm) against Linfield Ladies Swifts, manager Harry Chambers is in optimistic mood.

“The girls are all itching to get going, particularly with such a big game coming up first,” he said.

“We finished bottom last year so hopefully we can turn that around a bit this season.

“With the teams that have been named alongside us in our division, it’s certainly not impossible to think that we could get a mid-table finish this season and get a cup run or two as well.

“That will be our aim and I would hope we can achieve it. The commitment from the girls during pre-season has been fantastic all winter. Their effort has doubled or maybe trebled since last season so that shows how much they want to improve.

Hopefully the effort will be proven on the pitch.”

Chambers joined the club at the beginning of last season but it proved to be a frustrating year for the Ladies, who picked up just a solitary point from their league campaign.

Now that he has taken over the managerial reigns, Chambers has been putting the girls through their paces during a busy pre-season schedule.

“We have a similar squad this year but the girls have all worked so hard and a lot of them can now play in different positions,” he said.

“We still have the likes of Michelle Spence, Lauren Thompson, Tina Brush and Katie Lennon but it’s very much a whole team effort.

All of the girls pull their weight and play big roles for us.

“It’s a young squad with our oldest players being around 25.

“As a coach, it’s more challenging than men’s football because it’s totally different. It can be like a different sport at times but it’s something I really enjoy.”

And as they begin to look upwards, they will scarcely have a bigger test than tomorrow night.

“It’s going to be a very tough game for us but we’ve come up against some other newly formed sides over pre-season and the girls have done very well,” said Chambers.