West Ham Ladies have appointed former Crystal Palace Ladies and Fulham Ladies boss Mark Saunderson as their new manager.
Saunderson is one of the most respected names in women's football, having won the WPL Southern Division title with the Cottagers in 2008, before taking a sabbatical from the game after the birth of his daughter.
"I was lucky to be approached by a number of clubs but once West Ham made their interest known, it was an easy choice," Saunderson told shekicks.net.
The West Ham Ladies finished their season last weekend with a defeat away at league
champions Reading. Shortly after the game, Blowing Bubbles caught up with Toni Anne Wayne, Hannah Gowland, Zoe Lipley- Hinton, Stacey Little, Becky Merritt, Lindsey Morgan and captain Rosey Sullivan to give their votes in six categories.At the bottom of each category, we have also decided who we think should win.
Goal of the Season
TAW: Hannah Gowland’s goal against Leeds in the FA Cup. It was a game of limited
chances and she took it well.
HG: For me it has to be the second goal we scored against Gillingham away. I scored it which I am proud about but that’s not why. It was such a great team goal. It all started from the goalkeeper, worked its way through all positions, before it was given to me to score.
ZLH: Becky Merritt’s goal against Brighton because it was just a lovely clean hit.
SL: This goal sticks in my mind for the way Kell picked the ball up and ran through the QPR defence before sliding the ball underneath the keeper. Unfortunately, Kell also went on to break her collarbone in this game.
BM: We were 2-1 down with minutes to play and Lindsey smashed a half volley to earn us a point.
LM: Even though we lost the game it was an unbelievable strike from outside the box.
RS: Katie Bottom’s goal against Reading last weekend.
The Blowing Bubbles Award for Ladies Goal of the Season goes to Becky Merritt for her goal against Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies.
West Ham Ladies endured a difficult week after being told their application to join the FA Women's Super League second division was declined before losing at home to Yeovil to a last minute goal last weekend.
The Millwall Lionesses, Watford and Reading were amongst the clubs chosen to play in the second tier of Ladies football at the expense of the Hammers.
Sunderland, Aston Villa, Doncaster Belles, Durham, London Bees, Oxford United and Yeovil completed the list.
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The latest news, views and opinion from West Ham United Ladies by Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore.