Steve calls on a big crowd for the Ladies
Exeter City defender Steve Tully is urging fans to come and see the Ladies contingent in their FA Women’s Cup first round tie against Brislington on Sunday 9th December, which takes place at 1pm at St James' Park.
In a year when women’s sport triumphed on these shores at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and when the likes of Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams, Ellie Simmonds became national idols, women’s football still needs support and recognition and Tully feels that the Exeter Ladies side might surprise a few neutrals.
“People will be shocked!” said Tulls. “The consensus about women’s football is that it’s slow and laboured, but that’s completely false.
“When people come and watch a game they get gripped and want to come back and see another game. Hopefully we can get a big crowd in at St James’ Park just to sample it, and they’ll realise we’re a club going forward and we’re looking to push on even further.”
Exeter Ladies have the chance to make history by reaching the second round of the tournament for the very first time. The Grecians play in the South West Combination – three tiers above their guests from Brislington – but the visitors are flying up through the divisions in the same way the Exeter girls did in recent years, so Tulls is not taking passage to the next ground for granted.
“Brislington are a young team, and they’ve done the same as we have in the past few years – they’ve come up through the ranks, and they haven’t lost a game yet this season.
“They’ll love playing at the Park too which will probably boost their performance by 10 or 20 per cent. We’re not going to underestimate them – we know we’ve got to do the right things if we want to progress.”
Tickets for the Flybe Stand to see the FA Women’s Cup first round match against Brislington are available for just £3 for adults, £2 concessions and £1 for children, and kick-off is at 1pm. So come along and cheer the girls on against Brislington, and hopefully into the history books!