CREWE Vagrants WFC are gearing up for their debut season in the Women's Midland Combination League.
The all-conquering team will be looking to extend their remarkable unbeaten sequence of 36 matches in the league, with their only `blemish' being a draw and a narrow defeat in a County Cup tie to Stockport, who themselves ran away with the Northern Combination title to gain promotion to the National League.
The summer months have been a busy time for the Crewe team, with players competing in the high-profile Moss Farm Seven-a-side tournament.
Not wanting to rest on their laurels, the Vagrants are looking to strengthen its squad for the forthcoming campaign as they bid to achieve National League status.
Last month, the club received the West Midlands Premiership Trophy and last week, the first team received a new playing strip from sponsors 2020 Logistics - part of the highly successful Caudwell Group.
Vagrants' preparations for the new season continued with a 3-1 win at National League side Wolves in Sunday's friendly.
Tracy Sloane scored the first two with Paula Lambert adding the other when she rounded off a sweeping move with an exquisite chip.
During the forthcoming weeks, Vagrants are extending an open invitation to talented players in the area to come along to training sessions on Thursday nights at the Vagrants Sports Club. Interested ladies can contact club secretary Russ Edwards on 01270 665081 or 0777 3333 062 for a chat or attend training sessions on Thursdays between 6pm and 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, Crewe and Nantwich Girls FC is going from strength-to-strength with an ever-growing legion of girls in the Under 10s and Under 12s age groups.
Last season's Under 12s carried away the Cheshire Girls League championship and a large proportion of that team will be mounting a challenge for next season's Under 14s title. They are looking for players to join for the new season and are especially keen to recruit a goalkeeper.
Training during the summer is being held on Barony Park, Nantwich on Wednesdays from 6pm. Interested girls and their parents are more than welcome to pop along for a visit and join in or phone Richard Williams on 01270 625459 or Ian Kemp on 01270 625088 for further details.
Gemma Edwards and Helen Fryer were among the guests of honour at a recent civic reception for outstanding sporting achievement held at County Hall. Gemma and Helen received awards for their part in the successful Cheshire Schools FA girls' football team.
The girls' remarkable season saw them become National Champions after defeating Hampshire, Northern Champions after overcoming a strong Merseyside team and also carry off the Northern Region League Trophy.