Cheltenham Town Ladies have completed the first half of their season and it is safe to say it has been a rollercoaster ride of a campaign so far.
The 2016/17 season for the Robins ended with an 11-game winless run and the start of this season seemed to continue in this vein as they lost their first five competitive fixtures.
This run included a 2-1 home defeat against Maidenhead United, however this was not any normal home game for the Ladies as they played for the first time ever at the LCI Rail Stadium.
Nine games into the season and with only one win across all competitions Graham Fletcher decided to step down as manager and first team coach Andy Hicks also left the club due to work commitments. Chairman Andy Liddle took over as interim manager with Fletcher filling the role of vice chairman.
This change in management reinvigorated Cheltenham Town Ladies who have won three of their five games. Including their first-ever victory at the LCI Rail Stadium when they beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0 in the Gloucestershire FA County Cup.
Captain Jen Brown-Wealls has found playing at a football league ground beneficial for her side and can’t wait for more games in the future.
“It’s been a really nice experience playing there. Their pitch is beautifully kept which has aided the way we’ve played so we’re able to play some good football on there,” Brown-Wealls told ParkLife Sport.
With games at a larger stadium bigger crowds have been drawn in and the Robins regularly have the largest attendance in the Women’s Premier League South West Division.
The Ladies are looking to push on in the second half of the season as they aim to retain their Gloucestershire FA County Cup and are hoping to climb up the table and push for a top-half finish.