Ladies Ready For Action

by Mark Rowan

The Dixies

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This Sunday sees the start of Everton Ladies season at Marine AFC, when the Blues entertain newcomers Bristol Rovers (12.30pm).

It has been a far from quiet pre-season period with plenty of new faces joining the club and one or two notable exits.

Manager Keith Marley has swooped to sign Maz Catterall and Paula Oldham from Garswood Saints, while Lindsay Johnson and Jenny Jones have signed from Liverpool.

Defender Joanne Traynor and striker Sara Whewell are set to move in the opposite direction across Stanley Park, but the Blues have been boosted by the fact thatEngland internationals Sammy Britton, Rachel Brown and Kelly McDougall have pledged their future to the club for a further season

Johnson, usually a midfielder, will make her debut in the starting line-up on Sunday, but will operate in the centre of defence.

With Whewell departing, Marley may hand young striker Louise Worrall her chance up front alongside Britton.

The most notable change will be between the sticks. With Rachel Brown currently finishing off the Icelandic season, 15-year-old keeper Danielle Hill will be given her first taste of Premiership action.

Meanwhile, the club have announced that there will be a three-pronged management team at the helm this season.

Keith Marley will stay on as manager but will take temporary charge of the reserves as Keith Cliffe has left the club.

New 'A' Licence coach Mo Marley will combine her playing role with that of first team coach. Assisting Mo will be fellow 'A' Licence coach Phil Hackney, newly appointed from the Centre of Excellence.

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