The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

WORK­SOP Town may not be a house­hold name in women’s football, but their skip­per Ni­cola Stray in­sists the sky’s the limit for her side af­ter get­ting the back­ing of the world’s fourth old­est football team.

This the women’s first sea­son for the Tigers and they have been reap­ing the ben­e­fits of be­ing man­aged by men’s first-team boss Mark Shaw.

They also train along­side the men and have been roared on by le­gions of Work­sop sup­port­ers at their matches.

For­mer Ch­ester­field and Sheffield United player Stray led Work­sop to an open­ing win against Socrates in Sheffield & Hal­lamshire Di­vi­sion Three, and de­spite los­ing last week­end against Barns­ley, Stray is con­fi­dent of a suc­cess­ful de­but sea­son.

“We’re a new team and still try­ing to gel, but it’s a great set up, the girls are all great and we’re re­ally en­joy­ing it,” she said.

“We take it just as se­ri­ously as the men’s game, and we’re go­ing to try our best to get pro­moted this sea­son.

“A lot of the fans came and sup­ported us, and they see Mark wants us to play just like the men’s team play.

“He’s one of the best man­agers I’ve played un­der, he knows what he wants us to achieve.”

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