Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hammers Ladies' manager praises new recruits as cup clash looms large

West Ham Ladies' manager Julia Setford has lauded the impact of her new signings as the team prepare for the re-arranged County Cup quarter final against Witham Town. The Hammers come into the game on the back of consecutive wins over Gillingham and London Corinthians, and with home advantage on their side, will be red-hot favourites to progress to the semi final. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday the 20th but was called off owing to bad weather.

New signings from Colchester United, Hannah Gowland and Lily Mellors have made an instant impact since arriving recently and manager Setford couldn't be happier with their progress. "The two girls I brought in, I knew they were quality- they've settled in well and really proved themselves." The two new recruits have really strengthened the Hammers side, according to their boss. "Their finishing, especially Hannah's, is second to none. She's a left-footed player and she brings a nice balance to the team; together with Lily's vision, it's really boosted our numbers and made us strong."

The team's recent form is particularly impressive given the problems they have faced of late; owing to the adverse weather conditions, the Ladies have only been able to complete four games since November, but hopefully the worst of the bad weather is over now and the Witham game, whenever it's played, will bring glorious sunshine and a third win on the trot for the in form Irons, with more sparkling performances from the two new signings.

By Alex Shilling

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