A new era kicks off at Salford City on Sunday as our first women’s team, Salford City Lionesses, begin their season at AFC Urmston Meadowside (KO 14:00).
The Lionesses have been training with manager Shauna Duffy and coach Danny Livesey for the last few weeks, enjoying some positive success in a handful of pre-season fixtures.
Now they have been accepted into the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League Division 1, and start the league campaign at Urmston’s Lees Fields.
Defender Livesey, who is on loan at Chester for the 2018-19 season, is coaching the Lionesses, and the 33-year-old is positive about the season ahead.
“We did the trials way back in May now so it’s been something that’s been building for a while, we’ve had the girls in for just over a month, they’ve played a couple of games and they seem to be getting on well, seem to be gelling.
“We’ve brought a brand new team together but we’ve done quite well in the friendlies up to now and I think they’re just chomping at the bit to get started.
“They’re looking good, strong at the back, we’ve got some really good defenders in there that are looking really solid, we’ve got some pace in there so it’s a nice mix and we’ve gone about it well.
“We know it’s going to be a long process but we’ve got our aims and we want to try and do as well as we can and go up the leagues. We know it’s not going to be easy and that we’ve got to work hard but we’ll see where we can take it.
“We’re excited with what we’ve got and we’re looking forward to the challenge and seeing what it’s about.
“Sunday’s more for the girls really, they’ve worked really hard in pre-season and they deserve to get off to a good start, and I’m sure they will. That will only benefit the club, the community, and it’ll be nice to have people talking about us in a positive way.”
Entry is free at AFC Urmston Meadowside (Lees Fields, Davyhulme, Urmston, Manchester M41 8QA), and the game kicks off at 14:00.