A Review Of Worcester City Women’s Pre-Season & A Look Ahead To The Upcoming Campaign
Worcester City Women have spent the summer preparing for the new season in the West Midlands Regional Women’s Football League under the new leadership of Head Coach Jodie Williams and Assistant Head Coach & Player Jess Fassnidge.
In addition to the new-look coaching team, a host of additions have joined with a number of familiar faces committing to City for 21/22 campaign. Ahead of the season opener, we look back at the progress made during the summer…
“It’s a learning curve and we will take one game at a time… I think having a brand-new squad is a great challenge for us”
First Team Assistant Head Coach, Jess Fassnidge believes that pre-season been a positive one for City: “Our pre-season has been really good as we have looked to work on numerous aspects of our game and continue to gel together. With Covid it has caused a lot of disruption, but we have done really well to pull together and work to our goals”.
“We pretty much have a brand-new squad, so the emphasis has been on getting to know each other and for us as coaching staff knowing what makes them tick as a team”, says Fassnidge. And she believes that this season is all about learning – “Having a brand-new squad is always a challenge to begin with as we essentially need to go back to basics. It’s a learning curve and we will take one game at a time”.
Williams’s team went undefeated in pre-season, picking up four wins from five games, including an emphatic 3-6 win away at Solihull Sporting Ladies.
City earned a draw away against Leafield Athletic, who are in the league above, with a 2-2 draw. City’s third pre-season fixtures came against The New Saint Ladies earning a 2-0 victory away. Fassnidge believed during this fixture the side started to look more like a team and took on board what was being worked on in pre-season.
In City’s final pre-season game, they ran out 0-2 winners to local rivals Gloucester City. Fassnidge was once again impressed with the side: “I thought we played some of our best football within this game. The build-up play was brilliant to watch, and the team gelled exceptionally well during this game”.
The defence was on top for the last three games of pre-season, keeping three clean sheets. “The defensive display in the last three games was a credit to them as a unit. Every player played a role in keeping the clean sheets” said Fassnidge.
Hopes and expectations for the new season…
Fassnidge believes that this year is all about ‘bonding as a team’, “There are no set expectations with where we want to finish in the league. Of course, everybody wants to compete for the title, and it is in our minds, but as of right now there is no pressure from the coaching staff to happen right away”.
A fruitful pre-season for Worcester City Women brings anticipation going into the new season. Whilst Fassnidge stressed that there is no pressure this season on results, excitement still builds around the club on and off the pitch for what the future holds.
Fassnidge and the squad prepare for their season opener at home against Lye Town Ladies on 5 September, 2.30pm.