SU­PER HOOPS? QPR BUILD FOR THE TOP

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

QPR Ladies were left dis­ap­pointed in 2013 when their ap­pli­ca­tion for a Su­per League place fell through – but midfielder Elly Maggs thinks the club have the po­ten­tial to make it one day.

The WSL 2 is to welcome two new clubs, from the WPL, by 2017.The de­ci­sion will be made based on league po­si­tion and the clubs abil­ity to meet offfield li­cens­ing cri­te­ria.

Maggs, who has been at QPR for six sea­sons, be­lieves their strong setup be­hind the scenes will stand them in good stead to progress.

The 33-year-old midfielder said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing as we all want to play at the high­est level and were look­ing for­ward to the chance to do that. But we are very lucky that we get so much sup­port from the men’s club and that makes a huge dif­fer­ence. There is a good struc­ture, great coach­ing team and we are very lucky with our train­ing fa­cil­i­ties. QPR fans are al­ways tweet­ing their sup­port for us and you can’t buy that.”

QPR have had a dif­fi­cult start to the cam­paign play­ing four out of their five open­ing matches away from home. They are yet to pick up a point but their per­for­mances have been en­cour­ag­ing.

“Fix­tures wise it has been a tough start,” said Maggs. “But we can­not make ex­cuses, it all evens out over the course of the sea­son.

“We need to start win­ning games and fast. I do think our per­for­mances have been good and we have been un­lucky and on the wrong end of a few 1-0 score lines.”

Maggs, who cap­tained the side last sea­son and pre­vi­ously played for Sun­der­land and New­cas­tle, couldn’t be hap­pier at QPR.

“It is the per­fect fit for me and I be­lieve we can achieve some­thing this year,” Maggs added.

“Af­ter be­ing in the game so long, and some may say too long, it is so nice to have such a pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from football fans when I say I play at this level. It makes me very proud to be play­ing for QPR.”

QPR take on Ply­mouth to­day, who have just the one point from their four matches, and Maggs has al­ready billed it as a “must win.”

She said: “Once you get the first three points out of the way the only way is up!”

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