Walsall Women captain Abi Turner is excited to be starting the new season at the Poundland Bescot Stadium against Darlaston Town (1874) Ladies on Saturday.
The game will follow the men’s first team game against Colchester United, kicking off at 6pm and admission is free.
History was made back in April when Walsall Women faced Port Vale Ladies for the first time at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
After suffering a 2-0 defeat that evening, Turner is aiming for an improved result and is looking forward to playing at the stadium once again.
“We could not think of a better way to start the season, and can’t thank the club enough for having us back to play at the stadium again,” she said.
“It means so much to the girls and I to get opportunities like this, and for all of us it’s a dream come true to have played once, let alone again.
“The experience of playing at the stadium for the first time was one in a million, I think we were all overcome with so many emotions, it’s hard to put into words.
“This weekend we have a stronger and more developed squad and we are aiming for a winning result and our team making more history with some first-time goals.
“This is a huge opportunity for Darlaston as well and I’m pleased other teams in our league get to share this experience with us.
“We expect a high standard of football from them so we are ready to compete against them.”
The growth of the women’s game is continuing at a rapid rate, particularly on the back of another successful tournament from the Lionnesses, who reached the 2023 World Cup Final, narrowly losing to Spain.
Turner hopes the team can also play their part in the women’s game and have a similar inspirational impact on Walsall supporters.
“It’s really important that we can keep the momentum of the growth of women’s football in the local area strong and hopefully we can make Walsall fans proud like the Lionesses made us proud,” she commented.
“A goal of our club is to inspire a generation in the Walsall area. This is a huge step in that direction.”
We hope to see as many supporters as possible stay behind after the match against Colchester and support the girls!
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