Football

UKAF Women's Football Squad 'Excited' For New Regime

Karl Milgate has taken charge and will make his managerial debut against the Irish Defence Forces.

The UK Armed Forces Women’s Football Team are "excited" to see where their manager can take them ahead of his first match in charge.

The military side will face off with the Irish Defence Forces in new boss Karl Milgate’s first match at the helm.

The team have completed their first few days of training with the new coaching staff and are pleased with how it has gone.

Nat Bavister, an experienced defender for the team, said: "It’s been a really positive start, to be honest. I think they got the set-up right on day one.

"There are always new girls coming into the team as it has been a few months since the Inter Services competition. The dust has settled a little bit.

"It was a good tempo yesterday and we had some time to get to know each other. We had some icebreakers and some fun with the football drills as well.

The new coaching staff have worked hard to make sure the players are ready for the Irish Defence Forces.

Jessica Treharne is a senior member of the Army’s team and is looking forward to seeing the UKAF squad progress under Milgate.

She said: “It's exciting to see where we are now and where they want to take us. The whole squad is excited to progress forward with the new manager."

The game against the Irish Defence Forces will be a difficult test for Milgate and his team. They are unbeaten in previous matches on British soil and the UKAF Ladies are expecting a physical match.

Bavister said: “They will come over here with something to prove, but at the same time, we know the quality and confidence that we have with this set-up.

"The girls are the best in the military and that’s an amazing accolade to achieve.

"We basically want them to go away knowing they have been in a game, but we want to come away with the win."

Catherine Beaver has experience against the Irish Defence Forces.

She said: "I’m from the RAF and we have played them before so some of us have an idea of what they are like.

"They are very physical but we are going to give it just as much back. I think our tactical and technical ability will probably outweigh theirs and we should be looking forward to a good result.

The game is being played at the home of National League South side Slough Town.

Bavister is pleased to be able to play at the facilities, saying: "It’s an amazing opportunity. I think that’s what playing at this level can bring.

"Playing for the UK Armed Forces is something that shouldn’t be knocked. It’s the biggest accolade that we can achieve as military players obviously above the single service representatives.

"To have that opportunity and to be given that chance is something special. We will cherish it."