BLU boss hails the signing of international keeper Farrell
BRISTOL Ladies Union boss Rich Sears says the arrival of youth international keeper Katie Farrell is a statement of intent.
The SW Women's League side expect Farrell, who has experience with Northern Ireland's under-17s and under-19s at both Euro and World Cup qualifiers, to join them early next month.
"Along with Lauren Wells, who is an ex-Wales international, the arrival of Katie will add even more strength to the goalkeeping pool and I am very excited by her forthcoming arrival," said Sears.
"It shows we mean business too. We are constantly building a stronger squad and an addition like this shows the other teams our intent. We are not here just to play the ball around, we are here to win."
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BLU's 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Town took them level on points with Premier Division leaders Downend Flyers, who suffered their first defeat since promotion.
Natalia Debek netted twice – making it seven goals for the season, while Cheryl Baber, pictured, took her tally to six.
Although it was the Coombe Dingle club's third victory in a row, Sears has been far from happy with some of the displays. He believes the side are struggling to deal with the formation he wants to play and is talking about a switch.
"We're not good enough to win this division in our current form," he said. "We can and will win this division when we hit the sweet spot."
The end of Downend's 100 per cent start came at fancied Larkhall Athletic, where Carley Corcoran scored in a 2-1 defeat. Carly Symons and Anna Walby were on target for the Bath club.
Sally Ann Langton's double was not enough to get Cleeve West Town out of the bottom two as they lost 6-2 at home to Bridgwater.
In Eastern Division I, Evelyn Gould scored Nailsea United's goal in a 4-1 home reverse to Forest of Dean, while an Amy Jefferies strike and a double from Charlotte Davis secured St Nicholas a 3-0 win at Oldland Abbotonians.
Oldland's assistant boss Steve Lavis acknowledged St Nicholas were worth their win, but bemoaned his side's luck in terms of having players unavailable.
"One of our girls fell off a horse and another boxes for a hobby and broke a couple of ribs," said Lavis. "We just don't seem to be able to get all our best players on the pitch at the moment, and that's no disrespect to those who are in there at the moment."
Keynsham Town maintained their strong start in the SW Women's Combination with an 8-0 romp at Havant & Waterlooville to remain the early pacesetters.
Gloucestershire County Women's League club Bitton made it four points from two Division One games as Megan Bloomer (2) and Jessica Morgan netted in a 3-2 away win at Wootton Bassett.
Bloomer was denied her hat-trick by the woodwork in a game which should have seen Bitton run out bigger winners.
Longwell Green had a full squad for their second game of the season in Division Two and took advantage by hitting double figures against a Southmead CS side who only had ten players, but still fought until the end.
Amy Nicholson led the way with five goals, while Lauren Ellis scored four. Georgie Thompson, Georgia Smith, Molly Barr and Stacey Newell also got their names on the scoresheet.