Golden Girls are gearing up for a shot at glory

Sarah Wiltshire fires on goal. Picture (c) Andrew Waller
Sarah Wiltshire fires on goal. Picture (c) Andrew Waller

After last season’s successful campaign, Watford Ladies are back in training aiming for another impressive performance in the 2014 WSL2.

With the change in league set up, the Golden Girls haven’t played a competitive game in almost nine months but a number of the players went out on loan in order to get some football under their belts and keep up fitness levels.

Regular first teamers Chloe Gunn and Sarah Wiltshire headed to Chesham and Cardiff respectively during the long break but are now both happy to be back in training with Watford.

“It’s great to get all the girls back together and just start preparing for the Super League,” said Gunn.

“We’ve been waiting for so long to get back into it and now it’s finally happening.

“We’re starting to put all these plans into action that we’ve been doing for so many months now, it’s just all coming together.”

Wiltshire echoed her team-mate’s thoughts, saying: “It’s really good to get back with all the girls again and just to get back into it.

“I was on loan to Cardiff so I did play some football but it was a long time not to have any Watford stuff going on. It has been good to come back into it and see everyone and start our season.”

While the league campaign is still a few months away, Watford will be back in competitive action next week as they travel to either C&K Basildon or West Ham in the third round of the FA Women’s Cup , weather permitting.

“We’ve been doing quite a bit of fitness work to get our fitness levels higher,” said Wiltshire. “This week we start training three times a week.

“We have played an internal game between first team and reserves, a friendly against Brighton and hopefully will have another couple of friendlies before we go into our FA Cup game.”

Following on from last season’s second-placed finish in the league, Gunn and Wiltshire are both confident of another successful campaign.

“I think we’ve got an opportunity of doing really well in this league,” Gunn said. “I’m looking forward to it, I think teams will underestimate us but I think that we’re going to do really well.”

Wiltshire added: “We did really well last season and we’ve kept pretty much all of the players and a couple of new girls.

“We’re looking to build on last season and just keep going as we have got a young but very good team.”