With the ladies season due to start next week, we caught up with new Ladies Manager Colm Nash to ask him a few questions.
LT: Colm, are you looking forward to your first season in charge of the ladies? CN: Yes very much so, we have been waiting a long time to get started and thankfully it’s just round the corner. It’s a completely new challenge as I’ve always been involved in boys and mens football from I started coaching but I cherish the opportunity of taking Lurgan Town Ladies.
LT: How’s the squad shaping up? CN: I’ve only been with the Ladies the last few weeks post Covid and a short spell pre Covid but I’m happy with the squad so far. As every manager does I’m hoping to be strengthening the team in key areas before season kicks off. Given the Ladies perfect league campaign last season it was no surprise that Irish League clubs would come knocking on the door for a few key players, and we have also lost a few for other reasons. So that said I had a long term plan of bringing a few of the young girls through the ranks into senior football and I have to say they have surpassed my expectations so far. It will be a some what new look Lurgan Town side this year but I have no doubt they will prove worthy of the challenge.
LT: Wit such a young squad in place, what’s the aim for the season? CN: The season is only 7 league games and with the Championship being such a competitive league there is no room for errors this season at all. If I’m being realistic my aim is to build on the youth this year with a good cup run hopefully. Given the high standards the Ladies set last year it will be very hard to copy their unbeaten record.
LT: Its going to be a bit strange for the ladies playing in the winter months. How will they cope with the different playing conditions? CN: I think the ladies are bit like myself and happy to be back playing competitive football again. I don’t think anyone would ever have predicted that football would be cancelled for such a long period. I know personally I am enjoying the game more now than ever and wont be taking it for granted again. That is something that I have told the Ladies from the start to enjoy every minute of their playing career.