United Ladies cel­e­brate big changes at The Den

Up­graded fa­cil­i­ties al­low team to move back home

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DEN­HAM United Ladies FC of­fi­cially ended their three-year ex­ile when they un­veiled their brand new chang­ing room pav­il­ion at The Den last Thurs­day.

When they first team got pro­moted into the Women’s Premier SE Divi­sion One three years ago, one of the re­quire­ments was to have a cer­tain stan­dard of fa­cil­i­ties. Now, af­ter three years of play­ing at Hilling­don Bor­ough’s sta­dium, they are fi­nally able to play home games back at The Den.

The project was made pos­si­ble thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Premier League and FA Fa­cil­i­ties Fund, plus £72,000 from the Foot­ball Sta­dia Im­prove­ment Fund and as­sis­tance from Den­ham Par­ish Council.

The new fa­cil­ity will be used through­out the Den­ham com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing by Wy­combe Col­lege for PE lessons.

Club sec­re­tary Joanne Cur­rivan said: “We would like to thank the Mid­dle­sex FA and Den­ham Par­ish Council for their help and sup­port in se­cur­ing the grants. This new fa­cil­ity will help us to at­tract and re­tain more play­ers, which will then help im­prove grass­roots sport in the area.”

The first team cel­e­brated their new sur­round­ings by beat­ing Lu­ton Town Ladies 1-0 at The Den on Sun­day, Alissa Downs scor­ing the only goal with a well taken free kick, while the re­serves came back from a trip to C&K Basil­don with a hard-earned point fol­low­ing a goal­less draw.

The U15s and U14s were both in sev­enth heaven, en­joy­ing 7-0 wins. An Alisha Ba­jwa hat-trick, plus a brace from Court­ney Wool­ley and fur­ther goals for Naomi Hickey and Ni­amh Reynolds, saw the U15s down Bish­ops Stort­ford, while Melissa Asavoaie and Mer­reisha Waul both bagged tre­bles in the U14s’ ham­mer­ing of Ben­geo Tigers, with Mad­die Kirkby also on tar­get.

Mil­lie Conger­ton was an­other hat-trick hero as the U12s won 4-1 at Berkham­sted Raiders, where Jess Weather­son also net­ted, to go top of the league, while the U16s were able to put their feet up af­ter op­po­nents Rush­moor Saints were un­able to field a side in their League Cup tie.

There were also wins for both U11s sides, the Pu­mas beat­ing Lark­spur Rovers and the Wild­cats see­ing off Kemp­ton Park. Evie Perkis, Phoebe Smith, Jess Poul­ton, Maisie Swan, Chloe Hag­ger, Ruby Brown, Beckie Cur­rivan and Lu­cie Bar­rett scored for the Pu­mas, as did Madi­son Perry, Paige Hoile, Ruby McCul­loch, Beckie Cur­rivan, Amna Butt and El­lie Trigg for the Wild­cats.

OPEN DAY: Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Mid­dle­sex FA Peter Clay­ton cuts the rib­bon with Den­ham play­ers

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