Teenager Jess Parlane has praised the work of West Ham Ladies goalkeeping coach Julian Roberts in helping her start to fill the void left by experienced shot stopper Toni-Anne Wayne.
The 19 year old joined the Hammers from Chelsea in October and was enjoying training with and watching
Toni-Anne play before she quit the club to join Women’s Super League hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last year.
Now the former Colchester United Academy player is hoping to cement her place in the starting line up and help the Ladies push up the FA Womens’ Premier League Southern Division.
West Ham Ladies are 90 minutes away from Essex County Cup glory after seeing off C&K Basildon in a semifinal penalty shoot-out.
The match finished 1-1 after extra time, with an early Lily Mellors strike being cancelled out just seconds later by a headed Basildon equaliser.
However, the Hammers emerged victorious after ‘keeper Lauren Picton saved two penalties in the shoot-out and defender Danica Revell notched the winning spot-kick to put the Ladies through.
West Ham Ladies manager Mark Saunderson has today followed captain Becky Merritt and goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne in quitting the club.
The departure comes after the Ladies lost 5-1 at Watford in the FA Cup third round and after a largely frustrating season which has seen the Hammers win just three games out of 12 in the FA Women's Premier League South.
A club statement, released earlier this morning, read: "Today we announce with regret that the First Team Manager, Mark Saunderson has left the club with immediate effect.
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