Exciting Times for Women’s Football
Following the Lionesses’ success in the Euros this summer there is plenty of excitement around the women’s game. But for Forest Green Rovers Women the enthusiasm has been building for some time.
A record attendance of 369 fans watched FGR Women eliminate Almondsbury from the FA Cup in emphatic fashion at The New Lawn and the team played in front of 2,247 fans at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol as part of a double header with the men’s side. Support also continued to grow home and away in the league too, whilst a large number of fans across the globe also let us know about their enthusiasm for the Women’s team.
Last season saw the FGR return to the South West Regional Women’s Football League Premier Division (the 5th tier of women’s football), managing to finish 5th. The season started well under the guidance of Chris Hicks who had overseen some strong results in two covid hit seasons leading to the club’s promotion, before Tom Needham took charge on an interim basis until the end of the season.
FGR were often praised by supporters and other teams for their entertaining brand of football. They even had a big say in the title race as they became only the second team to beat Ilminster in the league all season, allowing St Austell to lift the title as the season came to a climax.
Anticipation for the new season grows
The new season for FGR sees a new manager in the dugout as Neil Moore takes charge. Moore joins with a wealth of experience in the women’s game and will hope to continue FGRs continual improvement over the last few years.
Moore inherits a talented squad with a good mixture of experience and youth. The likes of Morris who stood out at CB, midfielder Jones who was one of the standout performers in the league, and former golden boot winner Rowlands should give some strong continuity through the spine of the team. They will be supported by the wealth of young talent that emerged last season like Rucker and Boyd and will also be bolstered by some new arrivals in the squad.
There are plenty of familiar faces in the league, whilst Poole Town who come down from the Women’s National League Division One SW will be strong competition for those looking at promotion and Bristol Rovers, Liskeard and Warminster will all look to make an impression following their promotion to the league.
FGRs fixutres (Home and Away):
|Bishops Lydeard Ladies First
|Bristol Rovers Women First
|Ilminster Town Ladies First
|Liskeard Athletic Women FC 1st
|Poole Town Ladies First
|Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies First
|Sherborne Town Ladies First
|Torquay United Women 1st
|Warminster Town Ladies
Full fixtures and league details can be found here
FGR Women have made the move to Hartpury College for the upcoming season. Entrance continues to be free for supporters. There is plenty of parking and you can get there by following the postcode GL19 3BE.