Accrington Stanley Women open against another of the ‘Original Twelve’

Accrington Stanley Women open their new season against Preston North End, one of the other twelve founding members of the Football League.

The North West League Division 1 North also features Bolton Wanderers – another of that famous dozen – plus other teams from current or former league clubs in Blackpool, Carlisle United, Morecambe and Workington.

Bryn Tracey, Accrington Stanley head coach, said: “Last season we were a newly promoted side and did really well finishing seventh. Our recruitment over the summer has been really good and this is the strongest squad we have had in the two years I have been here. We are looking to kick on at a regional level and try and position ourselves in the top four or five moving forward.

“In terms of players to watch out for, we have brought in Jordan Harding who at 20 has previously been in the Academy system in Spain, and also been part of Tottenham Hotspur U-23s. We are renowned for giving youth a chance and also have 16-year-old Megan Rodriguez, who is the cousin of Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez, making her debut this season. Last year we were the youngest side in the league and the FA Cup, fortunately this season we have added a bit more experience with Paula Jolly signing for us.”

Accrington play Preston on Sunday 21 August with a 2pm kick-off at Padiham FC, tickets are £3 per adult and £1 for under 18s.

The North West Women’s Regional League also has a full programme for next midweek, when Accrington visit Haslingden.

For all the fixtures, click here.

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