The Bootroom with Ross Norgrove

The Bootroom with Ross Norgrove - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

We caught up with Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies manager Ross Norgrove with the  team due to play their first league game in the Welsh Women's League against Newcastle Emlyn at the Old Road this Sunday.

Hi Ross, how have pre-season preparations gone after the teams relegation from the Women's Premier League?

It has been a successful pre-season with us retaining nearly all of last seasons squad, we played some tough opposition in our pre-season friendlies and have put in some good performances and I feel the squad are all ready to go in their first league game on Sunday.

Has there been any changes behind the scenes regarding management and set up?

Yes, Simon Powell continues as my assistant with the first team.

There is a new Reserve Team manager with Richard Churchill taking over from Hattie Williams who stood down at the end of the season. Richard previously managed a successful Llangyfelach Under 16's team which has provided some of our current first team squad players for the last two seasons.

We have also recently formed an Under 16's girls team for the first time which is being managed by Robert Brown and Alan Topper and will play in the West Wales Girls U16's League this season. Rob is also taking on a role with our seniors as goalkeeper coach.

What do you see as the clubs ambitions and targets for the season ahead?

Simply the target for the first team is promotion back to the Welsh Premier Women's League, I feel we certainly have the squad to achieve this but I foresee stiff opposition from Aberystwyth and Barry Town.

For the Reserves the aim is to continue to build on the success of the cup win last season and compete at the top end of the West Wales Women's League.

Finally for our Under 16's they are a young squad with all players Under 15's so are playing a year above, but I do expect them to challenge in the league and hopefully a cup run in the Girls Welsh Cup.

Finally, how do you feel the Women's section has developed since being formed at the Old Road?

It has definitely progressed year on year, last season we introduced a reserve team for the first time and this year we have added our first junior team with the forming of our Under 16's.

It was very disappointing to see our first team relegated from the Premier League but it was an extremely young squad and I am sure we have all learned from the great experience and will return stronger and more mature.

Thanks to Ross for the time and all at the club would like to wish the three teams the best of luck with the coming season ahead.



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