“We are making excellent progress and in reality we are ahead of where we thought we would be at this point. There are areas we can definitely improve going into the second half of the season and we will work hard to maximise the potential of the squad.”
Luke Williams (1st Team Manager)
Barry Town Utd Ladies manager Luke Williams took time out to reflect on the 2018/19 season so far with the squad taking a break for the Christmas period before returning to league action on Sunday 6th January with a home match against Merthyr Town.
Going into 2019, Barry find themselves in third place in the Welsh Women’s League, just three points behind leaders Caldicot and second placed Aberystwyth Town with Barry having a game in hand over the West Wales outfit.
In addition the Vale based club have reached the semi-finals of the South Wales FA Cup which will be played in February and with a three way challenge for promotion it’s going to be an exciting start to the new year with some key early fixtures.
“On reflection we are really pleased to be in a position to challenge for promotion, especially given the changes the club made during the summer. At the end of June we had 5 existing players in the first team squad from the previous season so the fact that we are competing at the top end of the table shows that we have recruited well during the summer and the players are buying into how we want them to play”, Williams commented.
“We anticipated the first half of the season was going to be the most challenging aspect with building a new team, growing new partnerships and getting to know the players and they have worked hard over the first four months of the season. It was disappointing to lose our first league game at home to Aberystwyth just before the break but we also have to take a positive from being the only team to take all three points at their stadium.
“We are making excellent progress and in reality we are ahead of where we thought we would be at this point. There are areas we can definitely improve going into the second half of the season and we will work hard to maximise the potential of the current squad whilst also looking to strengthen in key areas.”
The first team are now resting for the Christmas period and will return in the New Year to play two big matches in the league with the home game against Merthyr followed by an away trip to league leaders Caldicot Town on 13th January.
“We will have the players in over the xmas break for a session to maintain fitness levels and to plan ahead for the Merthyr game at Jenner Park which will be a good test for us after a 4 week break from matches. The squad are in good spirits and hopefully we can kick off 2019 with a positive start.”
In other sections of the club the Development Ladies team have endured a tough start to the season in the newly formed Development League but the players are working hard and performances have been much improved in recent weeks.
In the junior section there is excellent progress being made throughout the Under 12 to Under 16 age groups. The Under 16’s are currently unbeaten in the league and have already reached the last 4 of the FAW Cup and therefore making a strong defence of their title of Welsh Champions from the 2017/18 season. Our Under 13 Dragons and Under 14 girls are also undefeated up to this point with our Under 12 and Under 15 teams also progressing well in their respective age groups.
Our mini section is also growing by the week with our Under 8, 9, 10 and 11’s playing weekly festivals across the South Wales area.
Updated 15:51 - 19 Dec 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC