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Reformed Lancaster City Ladies Football Club getting “stronger”

Lancaster City Ladies FC. Photo by Phil Dawson (@PhotosbyPhilD)

Lancaster City Ladies FC’s manager has spoken to Beyond Radio about a great first few months for the club.

The team has been extremely successful on the pitch since their reformation over the summer.

The Dolly Ladies are off to a flying start, winning all four of their competitive games so far.

They play in the Lancashire FA Women’s County League Division 1 North/West and are second, behind Chipping Ladies, who have played two more games than them and are on 12 points.

The team’s results have been a 14-2 win over Blackpool Town Ladies, a 7-1 victory versus St Annes FC Ladies and a 10-2 triumph against Sir Tom Finney FC Development Women.

They have also progressed to the third round of the LFA Women’s Challenge Cup after beating Penwortham Town Reserves 8-0, who are in the league opposite Lancaster – the LFA Women’s County League Division 1 South/East. Scott King says this has been the highlight of the season so far.

The third round sees them face Southport FC Women, who play their league games the Liverpool Women’s and Youth Football League. It will likely be the Dolly Ladies’ toughest game yet.

Manager Scott King has been involved with Lancaster City for a long time.

He played at youth level for the club and made two senior appearances for them.

“I went away to join the army, came back and just wanted to get involved," he said.

"I saw a post (advertising the manager’s role) on Lancaster’s web page and applied. The club said ‘that’s great’ and I got accepted straight away.

“Everything is going really well so far, there’s a lot of work that has had to be done behind the scenes but it’s going great.”

Scott has been pleased with the start the club have made so far.

“It’s been a better start than expected because just getting the side together and players signed on was the main thing. Week on week we’ve just got stronger and we’ve got a very good side.”

Club captain Kayleigh Young has been especially helpful to the club in terms of bringing players to the club, and Scott and the rest of the club are very thankful to Kayleigh.

The club is still open to new players joining.

“Anyone can come down and train and get involved, then we take it from there," he said.

"We’ve got a lot of players signed on but we’re always willing to take on new ones.”

Thermo Fisher Scientific are the team’s main sponsors and Scott was keen to place on record his thanks to them.

“We got a really big sponsorship from the company and we really appreciate that.

"Our biggest thing was getting the kit and everything else, and that’s come from them.

“They’ve backed us massively with everything so far.”

Scott is also thankful for everybody at the club, especially Graham Dockerty (general manager), Charlotte Harkin (club secretary), Ruth King (ladies secretary) and Sarah Pearce (first team secretary).

Those interested in training with (on Tuesday nights on Giant Axe junior pitches) and/or playing for Lancaster City Ladies FC can contact lancastercityladiesfc@gmail.com.

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