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Sutton United announce groundshare with AFC Wimbledon Ladies

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Sutton United are pleased to announce a second groundshare for the 2015-16 season with the news that AFC Wimbledon's Ladies will play their home games and train at Gander Green Lane from July.

Having recently won the Surrey FA Women's Cup, AFC Wimbledon are currently fourth in the Premier Division of the London & South East Regional Women's League, and will play two friendlies on the 3G surface on Sunday 9 August and Sunday 16 August before their league season starts on Sunday 23 August.

In addition, the club's 11v11 teams, comprising the development team, the Under 18s, Under 16s, Under 15s and Under 14s, will use Gander Green Lane for training.

Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott said: "We have always had a good relationship with AFC Wimbledon since providing the opposition for their first game in 2002, and we are delighted to welcome their ladies' teams to the club and hope it will help their ambitions to progress."

Manager Paul Doswell added: This is another exciting development following our decision to change to a 3G pitch, and with the ladies and girls' teams coming to Gander Green Lane will add to the community feeling that we are cultivating.''

AFC Wimbledon Ladies Life President Carl Sims was equally enthusiastic about the move. "It's brilliant news. A great venue; local, plenty of parking, nice bar, good stadium. I am really looking forward to it, and some great games!"

Manager Chris Lyons emphasised the playing advantages. "Our ultimate goal is to put this club back into the Women’s Premier League. To play at the next level the infrastructure has to be right, and training and playing at the prestigious new facilities at Sutton United is another big statement on how determined we are.

This will help even more in raising our profile, and the more forgiving surface of their 3G pitch will mean fewer training related injuries"

Source: www.suttonunited.net


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