The return of a club favourite and the publication of their league fixtures emphasize that a new campaign is just around the corner for Impetus partner club Pride Park. ‘Boot Room’ reports.
Above: Hannah Roberts, who is returning to Pride Park. Photo: Pride Park FC.
Tier Seven Derbyshire Ladies League Division One side Pride Park FC Ladies have announced the return of Hannah Roberts as their first summer signing.
Roberts returns to The Pride after a season at University of Derby, of which she was President in her final year of studies, after playing the three preceding seasons at Pride Park, making 46 appearances and scoring 2 goals.
Having completed her studies at University of Derby, Hannah said goodbye to the City she called ‘home’ for four years earlier this summer, but an unexpected job offer in “Derbados” meant a change of plans and the chance to return – and we had no hesitation in signing her.
“I really wasn’t expecting to be back in Derby after finishing University, but as soon as I knew that would be the case, I asked about the chance to return, and am delighted to be back at Pride Park.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Pride Park, and missed playing with the team last year, although I kept up with their results and match reports. It was an easy decision to come back, and I can’t wait to get started again!”
The Derbyshire Ladies League fixtures have been published and it’s a tricky opening fixture on 12th September for Pride Park, away to Champions Draycott Victoria.
That will be the first of four fixtures on the road for Pride Park, who won’t play at their Moorways home until the visit of Belper Town on 10th October.
Compensation comes in the form of five home games in succession, and six out of seven games at home, in November and December before concluding with two away fixtures, at Wirksworth and Chesterfield Inspire Blues respectively.
Division One comprises nine teams, including newly promoted Chesterfield Inspire Blue and Sandiacre Town, making for a League season of sixteen matches.
There are six new teams joining the League; Amber Valley, Heanor Town, Bakewell Town, Pinxton, Mickleover U18 and Derby Rovers. Division Two of the Derbyshire Ladies League is to be split into three conferences of five teams each, making for an 18 game season.
The full schedule of fixtures is available at: http://www.gotfootball.co.uk/events/?EventID=4399 – this is the primary fixture schedule maintained by the League, so will be the first place to look to check for updates.
The scope for any Cup competitions to be held this season will be determined by the League in December, following a review of the league fixtures completed up to that point – it may look like a short season at this point, but experience suggests that postponements due to the weather and any potential Covid disruption will result in re-scheduling of any number of fixtures.