Southampton FC Women Head Coach Marieanne Spacey-Cale is targeting a big crowd as Saints take on fellow title contenders Cheltenham Town at AFC Totton tomorrow afternoon.
There’s been plenty of support for the club’s women’s team this season, as they continue to draw in crowds that far supersede the league average, but Spacey-Cale isn’t under-estimating the impact of fans who make the effort to come out on a Sunday afternoon.
Saints have the chance to reassert their dominance at the top of the league tomorrow, following last week’s 3-0 win over Buckland, but are being chased by plenty of other teams, Cheltenham included.
“For the supporters out there, please come and watch and cheer the girls on," Spacey-Cale commented. "The support we’ve had this season has been phenomenal.
“In terms of percentages, we’re only one of the highest attendances in the whole of the FA Women’s National League let alone just in our division.
“That’s because we feel part of the family and hopefully the family will come out and support us on Sunday.
“We try to not think about it but it’s hard not to because the table isn’t lying at the moment. The table isn’t lying for Cheltenham either as they’ve played four, won three and drawn one.
“Two teams that will go out and try to beat the other team’s unbeaten record and propel themselves to a little bit of clarity at the top of the table.
“We’re under no illusions. Cheltenham are going to be a very strong team and that’s how we’ve prepared this week for this game.
“Everything this season is a first so we’ve not played Cheltenham before. In terms of growing I think the competitiveness in training and in game time is fantastic.
“We’ve got players that played against Buckland on Sunday and then away against Crawley Wasps with the Development Squad.
“There’s players pushing from that squad to get into the first team as well so the competitive element and intensity of training has been fantastic. I’m really pleased with that growth and development.
“I think we’re still learning about the league and the different types of physical challenges we’re going to come up against."