Football never stands still, and over the last few weeks, the pace of change at BCWFC has beenparticularly quick. So what’s been going on?
Firstly, Katy Woodcock has been named as Club Captain for a remainder of the season. Formerly the Reserve team captain, Katy has made 12 appearances since returning to the club this season, and wore the arm band for the first time in the 3-2 away win at Norton Ladies.
Through the squad reshuffle two of this season’s stand-out performers from the Reserve team have been promoted into the first team squad. Louise Willoughby and Paris Durrant both stepped into the side, and made their competitive starts in the 2-2 home draw against Chester-le-Street Town.
February also saw the addition of two new recruits, signed to bolster manager Chris Hames’ squad in the fight against the drop. Charlotte Gill made the switch from FAWNL Midlands side Donny Belles,having also played in the West Riding before for Guiseley Vixens and Brighouse Town; whereas theformer Bradford City Women and Guiseley Vixens winger Sophie Hawkins, rejoins the club after aspell in the West Riding County League with Skipton Ladies. Charlotte and Sophie will wear the No. 5 and No. 11 shirts respectively
Following these updates, Manager Chris Hames gave his thoughts:
“It’s been another hectic few weeks, but I’m delighted to with the outcomes and the opportunity to reshuffle this squad into, what I believe, is a far stronger shape.
“The additions we have made have definitely bolstered the squad, and given us another edge, as well as driving standards further, thanks to this competition for places. Sophie has settled in brilliantly, and made a huge impact in her debut, and I can’t wait to get Charlotte doing the same soon enough.
“Similarly having Katy step up and take on the captaincy role has been a huge boost for the team, as for me she sets the standards of what it takes to commit yourself to compete at this level.
“Louise and Paris both had their starts thrown on them a few weeks ago, and showed great quality in that match. I’ve had no reservations in using both frequently in the subsequent matches, and we are all looking forward to continuing to work with both on and off the pitch”.