- Lewes FC kick off the new Women’s Championship season on Sunday with a clash at Birmingham City, where new Rooks boss Scott Booth is coming up against his former club.
There’s been plenty of changes to the Rooks set-up over the summer, with new players coming in and new coaches installed ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
And after weeks of preseason and a fair few friendly matches, Booth is delighted to be getting stuck into competitive action for the first time as Lewes manager.
“We’ve worked hard to get the information to the players this week, in order to give us the best chance to get the result that we need,” says Booth.
“It won’t be for the lack of trying, we’ll do everything we can in both home and away games this season to get three points no matter who we play against.
“A lot of our opponents will be close to each other, so it’s going to make things really competitive. We need to try and find an edge somewhere.”
Booth up against former club
Lewes head up to St Andrew’s for Sunday’s 12:30pm kick off seeking to get the season off to a winning start. For Booth, it is also an opportunity to go up against the club he managed last season.
“Who’d have thought it! I know a lot of the players myself and we’ve got a good feel for the opposition,” says the boss.
“Of course we respect the fact Birmingham have just been relegated from the WSL. They’ve trimmed down the squad but the ones they’ve brought in are probably better than the ones they’ve released.
“So they have a better squad all-round than what they had last season. We have to give them that respect, but at the same time we have to believe in ourselves.”
Birmingham have made a number of signings over the summer, including Fran Stenson, Ashley Hodson, Charlie Devlin and Arabella Suttie.
Booth himself has a wealth of new players to turn to ahead of Sunday’s game, and reckons the team has gelled well over the past few weeks of preseason.
“Remember we’re brand new as a squad and there’s a lot of work to be done, but so far, so good,” he adds.
“The players have been attentive to everything. They’ve been sponges for information and I couldn’t have asked for any more.”
Birmingham City vs Lewes kicks off at 16:30pm on Sunday. Away tickets in the West Paddock stand start from £8 for adults, £6 for seniors and £1 for U13s. You can buy tickets from eticketing.