Notts County’s ladies gear up for the start of the season

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Newly-formed Notts County Ladies are putting the final touches on preparations for their first competitive game in the Women’s Super League.

The team, formerly known as Lincoln Ladies, were forced to relocate to Nottingham in the summer in order to meet the criteria of a revamped Women’s Super League, which states that all clubs must establish a partnership with a men’s club.

The decision to move to Nottingham prompted an outcry from fans of Lincoln Ladies, but after a series of high-profile signings, including several England internationals, things are looking up for the Lady Magpies.

The Notts squad, comprised mainly of Lincoln Ladies players, has welcomed England defender Rachel Unitt, who has 102 international caps, and fellow compatriots Dunia Susi, Sophie Bradley, Ellen White, Jess Clarke and Carly Telford.

The Women’s Super League has been subject to a massive restructure over the past year and has been split into two tiers for the first time in the league’s three year history. The league has also struck deals with BBC Radio 5Live and BT Sport, with both covering various league games throughout the season.

Notts County Ladies, managed by former Leeds Ladies boss Rick Passmoor, are facing their first season in the Women’s Super League and will come up against clubs such as Arsenal Ladies and Birmingham City Ladies, who are arguably the most successful women’s teams in the country.

And it is Arsenal, winners of 40 major trophies to date, who Notts welcome to Meadow Lane for their first league game on Wednesday 16th of April. Tickets for the clash are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions and can be bought online.

Seb Pearce

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