Peterborough Northern Star ladies are looking forward to making their home debut in the FA Women’s Premier League on Sunday (August 23) when they take on Midlands Division One rivals Rotherham United at the Branch Bros Stadium in Chestnut Avenue (kick-off 2pm).
After drawing their first game away to FC Khalsa last Sunday boss Steve Iredale’s selection is boosted by the return of Vicki Gallagher, Deva Rawlings, Laura Biggington and Rachel Mumford although forward Rachel Adkin and right-back Laura Dawson are not available.
Iredale said: “There was a positive feeling after the game on Sunday, although one or two of the ladies were definitely feeling a bit leggy as the pace of the game is a lot higher than we’re used to. However, the players have really buckled down and trained well this week so we’re hoping for a good display in front of our home fans this Sunday.”
The fixture that’s catching a lot of attention on women’s football websites though is the following Sunday (August 30) when Star take on Derby County at home in the preliminary round of the Women’s Premier League Cup.
Derby play one league above Star in the and will provide stiff opposition for the city side.
“It may be only one league difference on paper now,” said Iredale, “but three months ago we were still a regional side and Derby were established in the Premier Division.”
Derby County will represent the highest ever standard of women’s football to come to Peterborough and although the task facing the city team is huge, Iredale has no fear.
He added: “We’re at home in the cup and we’ll have a real go at them.”
Star are hoping to make it big day for ladies football in the city and have sent out invitations to all the local junior and senior female football teams to come down and support them on the day.
Iredale said: “Most of the local female soccer leagues don’t start until the following weekend so hopefully the interest in seeing a Premier Division side come to Peterborough will be an attraction for all local female football players.”
Entry for the Derby game will be £2. All under 14s will be admitted free. Kick-off is at 2pm and the gates open at 1.15pm.