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Steve Guest looks ahead to historic day for Walsall Women

20 April 2023

Walsall Women

Steve Guest looks ahead to historic day for Walsall Women

20 April 2023

Walsall Women Manager Steve Guest will be leading the team out on what will be a historic occasion as the team play at the Poundland Bescot Stadium for the very first time today on Saturday evening.

Guest replaced Joe McGrath as boss back in November and has started to put his own stamp on the team.

There’s plenty of excitement amongst the squad and Guest is hoping the occasion will inspire the team for the future and sees it as a chance to really kickstart their journey.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all the girls, especially the local community who can come and watch the game, girls who are already here at Walsall wanting to come next season so it’s good to build on that, not only just for one game but for seasons to come,” said Guest.

“They’re buzzing for the game here, hopefully a few fans stay and watch the game as well so it’s a big one for the girls, a nice opportunity for them to play at the Bescot where the first team men play.

“They want as many fans to stay behind and support them.

“It comes around with four/five games left of the season to play so it will give them that bit of a push, that bit of belief with the supporters and the fans.”

2023 has been a frustrating year so far for the team.

After starting the year with a sequence of defeats, a number of their matches then fell victim to bad weather and postponements.

After a 3-2 victory against this evening’s opponents Port Vale in the cup, the girls didn’t play until Sunday 2nd April when they lost 3-0 to Tamworth.

It’s been a difficult build up without a consistent run of fixtures but Guest insists the team are still optimistic of putting on a show today and having a strong finish to the season.

“The girls are still excited with several games being called off due to the weather,” he commented.

“Until we played Tamworth, our last game was against Port Vale (before a run of postponed fixtures), who we are playing here at the Bescot so that will be a bit of a grudge match, a bit of payback for them. It’s exciting, the girls are looking forward to it."

Walsall Women are keen to have a strong finish to this season and improve next season.

They currently play in the West Midlands Regional Women's Football League but have lofty ambitious with Guest and the Club seeing a pathway of where they want to take the team in the not-too-distant future.

“Nick (Adshead) and Dan (Mole) have been great, we’ve met with them a few times over the last few months over the development of the women’s game, where they want to go, where they want the first team to be – we’re all on the same page,” Guest explained.

“We want the women to play, hopefully one day, at national league level competing with West Bromwich Albion, Wolves and Stourbridge around us.

“There’s nothing saying we can’t, there’s a lot of hard work we need to put in to build on that.”

Guest is confident that the team can get to where they want to get to and is hoping for more days like Saturday which will play a massive part into helping them along the way.

“Hopefully we’ll get the opportunities to play at the Poundland Bescot Stadium and then compete with those teams around us, the teams in the league above,” he said.

“It’s not going to be easy; it’s going to be challenging at times but we’ll get there and hopefully this will get more people through the door at our women’s games which then will hopefully give the girls belief to kick on and get promotions.”

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