Thursday 27th December
Chesham's Ladies lead the way with QPR up next
Chesham United Ladies are creating some interest in women's football. The girls' remarkable run of form has seen them unbeaten so far this season, amassing a quite staggering 86 goals in 15 matches which has seen them featured in national and local media. The Ladies play in the South East Combination, just one promotion away from the National FA Women’s Premier League. At the half way stage of the season unbeaten Chesham lead the table by seven points with nine wins and two draws from their eleven league games and and a goal difference of plus 36. Already Chesham are representing our town against the Ladies sides of clubs like Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and MK Dons. If they were to be promoted the next level would pitch them against clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Millwall, Reading, Brighton & Hove Albion and QPR.
The team have made it through to the semi final of the County Cup, where they will face current holders Reading. The Ladies also have the opportunity of reaching the 3rd Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup with a home tie on the 6th January against Queens Park Rangers who are currently bottom of the FA Premier League Southern division.
Coach Lisa Welling puts the success down to players becoming more consistent, and the reduced travelling: "We can now get all the players to all the games, this wasn't possible last season in the South West Combination. A round trip to Newquay or Plymouth made it very difficult to get the shift workers down there, but now the furthest matches are Norwich and Ipswich.
"On the pitch our squad has expanded to 18 quality players, we have an incredibly quick forward line, who are all loving their football, blending in with some more experienced players through the spine of the team, so far this season it has just clicked, we just hope we can keep it going.
With such a success story for ladies football on our doorstep please do come down to a match on Sunday afternoons at the Meadow. League games are free entry with kick off normally at 2pm and the bar is open from noon. There is a small £2 adult charge for the upcoming FA Cup tie with Under 16s still free and kick off for this fixture is 1pm. We hope that our fans and the people of the town come out to support the girls in this game and help them continue the success this season. As Lisa says, "We would love to have a good crowd at the QPR game - gradually the numbers watching our matches are increasing and we hope this continues."
The club are still keen to recruit players in the U16 age band – if you know any interested girls in school years 10 and 11 please visit the Ladies' website at www.culfc.co.uk for more details and contact information.