An update on the progress of SSFC Ladies
South Shields FC Ladies was founded in June 2013, giving young women an opportunity to develop their football skills while playing the beautiful game.
The team gives women over the age of 16 in the North East a place to play football at a competitive level, with the best affordable facilities to become the brightest football player that they can be. Before the side was founded, it did come as a surprise that South Shields did not have a senior ladies’ team, but has since been affiliated with South Shields FC.
The side have had a successful, albeit short, history. As their eighth competitive season gets underway, the Ladies will look to bounce back after their 2019-20 season was voided. They placed third in the North East Regional Women’s League – Premier in 2018-19, which was their best-ever league finish.
At the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign, Stephen Lester stepped down from his managerial duties, and passed the baton onto Scott Hempsey. Despite the difficulties regarding COVID-19, Scott has strengthened his coaching team, as he looks to build on his side’s promising ability. Former team-mates Daz Smith and Chris Burns have settled into coaching roles, and the players have benefitted from this greatly.
Results have been mixed this season as the club has overseen change on the pitch. With a host of players retiring and moving on, South Shields Ladies have brought through several new players from junior and academy football. The most notable acquisition has been Sunderland and England Under-16 defender Abby Towers, who will be soon making her way into the Black Cats’ first team.
The lack of experience has proven costly at moments, but the energy and talent on display in this young side has seen a brilliant FA Cup run. Victories over Stanwix FC and Penrith AFC saw the Ladies face Gateshead Rutherford, where South Shields overcame a physical encounter with a 3-1 win.
South Shields Ladies are next in action on January 3rd 2021 as they face off against Sheffield Wednesday Ladies.