Leeds United Ladies vs Ripon City Ladies
Editor’s Note: This will be the 4th friendly for LULFC, coming off of a friendly against Huddersfield Town and a split-squad friendlies against East Yorkshire Carnegie and Stoke City Ladies. Again, big thanks to everyone at Leeds Ladies and Chris Routledge for all of the help covering the squad.
Great to see last years player of the season re-signing for 2017/18 season. Welcome back Arianne Parnham #weareleeds #wearepremier pic.twitter.com/XmXB2O1QDa— Leeds United Ladies (@LeedsUtdLadies) July 22, 2017
The club has announced a number of signings recently, with the transition to Leeds United Ladies FC. Player sponsorships are still available, if anyone is interested in sponsoring a member of the Ladies team.
We have a memorial game arranged with @CityRiponLadies tomorrow. Come join us & celebrate the memory of Barry Colman #OneBarryColman pic.twitter.com/JztSyAO2TJ— Leeds United Ladies (@LeedsUtdLadies) July 22, 2017
Come along and cheer in the ladies as we remember Barry Colman in a memorial game against @LeedsUtdLadies#OneBarryColman #Ripon pic.twitter.com/pUG1YO8WI8— Ripon City Ladies (@CityRiponLadies) July 22, 2017
This Sunday takes Leeds United Ladies to Malorie Park, Ripon to face Ripon City Ladies. The game is a memorial match celebrating the memory of Barry Colman, a dedicated fan. Ripon finished joint top of their league last year only losing one league match so they will be good opposition.
Leeds have an abundance of players available this week and will take a large squad many of which have played in previous Leeds teams, this where we will get a measure of how the squad is coming together and where they need to strengthen, with around a month before the first league game we should now be looking at strong performances with the right outcomes, whereas previous games were more about fitness and team building.
The game will no doubt be played in good spirits and there should be a reasonable crowd, kick off is at 2pm so if you fancy a trip to Ripon to watch the ladies version of the mighty Whites it should be an enjoyable afternoon for all.
Gorgeous day at @batleysports yesterday watching @LeedsUtdLadies V @scfc_ladies #ALAW pic.twitter.com/cEbfzYqxYC— Emmie Johnson (@Emzun) July 17, 2017
Whatever happens in preseason should not be taken too much as a measure of how Leeds Ladies will start the season. The games are all planned to stretch Leeds to the limits so new players can bed in at the right level and experience the top quality facilities that Leeds have to offer and this will take time.