1. ITV Report

West Country clubs prepare for Women's Super League season


Yeovil Town Ladies and Bristol City Women will get their Super League campaigns underway this weekend.

The league will be played over winter for the first time this season.

Last season was a memorable one for West Country teams.

Yeovil were crowned champions and Bristol City were runners up, meaning both teams were promoted.

This season they will be competing in WSL 1 - the equivalent of the men's Premier League.

The teams have already experienced playing in the higher league because this year there was a Spring Series which didn't have promotion or relegation.

It was introduced as the women's game moved from a summer season to a winter one.

Yeovil were promoted as champions of WSL2. Credit: ITV News

The Spring Series proved a reality check for both sides because Yeovil failed to win a game, and Bristol City won only once.

Both teams are determined there will not be a repeat performance when they open the new campaign.

If we'd taken the Spring Series as an actual league of relegation and promotion we would have been relegated and what we want to do is going into the real season now we want to make sure that we improve on what happened in the Spring Series.

– Annie Heatherson, Midfielder, Yeovil Town

We're really excited to get started. Obviously we didn't know what to expect when we first went into the league with a lot of people not having a lot of WSL 1 experience but I think we have a lot of potential. I think it will be a good season for us.

– Millie Turner, Captain, Bristol City
Both West Country clubs are training hard ahead of the season opener. Credit: ITV West Country

Yeovil and Bristol City will be competing against some of the top clubs in Europe such as Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Those clubs operate on much bigger budgets than the two West Country teams.

Yeovil's manager says his side will do all it can to be competitive in WSL1.

A lot clubs promoted from WSL2 have the same limitations and it's maximising what you can with those limitations. Bristol will be in the same boat as ourselves. They are a bigger club a more established club maybe in WSL 1 terms because they've been there before but for ourselves it's not about a season long project it's taking each game as it comes making sure we get it right.

– Jamie Sherwood Manager, Yeovil Town

Yeovil start their season with a match on Sunday at home to Manchester City whilst Bristol City are away to Chelsea.