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Cheltenham Ladies boss Alex Cheal has high hopes for the club’s future

Cheltenham Ladies manager Alex Cheal insisted he’s looking forward to ‘bigger and better things’ with the club.

The Robins impressed this season, finishing fourth in the FA Women’s National League Division One South West and winning the Gloucestershire Women’s Trophy.

“We set a target of top three and finished fourth which is beyond where the club have been before so it was a massive achievement for the club,” he said.

“Ultimately, we can look forward to bigger and better things which we’ll work on in the summer.”

The Robins’ achievements are more impressive considering they finished the 2017/18 season on 10 points.

Their rise this year is something Cheal takes great pride in.

“I’ve used the word proud repeatedly this season because we should be proud of our improvement.

“We never thought that we’d do it so quickly with such a high turnover in players and having to change a lot of things behind the scenes but we have.

“It’s a testament to the players’ hard work on and off the pitch. They’ve changed their attitude to training and embraced everything which has led to the results on the pitch.

“There have been ups and downs but now we’re in a better place going into next season.”

Along with Cheltenham’s improvement, Cheal is also paying attention to what is happening at the top of the women’s football pyramid.

Going into next season, the Women’s Super League will begin their three-year partnership with Barclays as their sponsors.

On the new deal, Cheal added: ” That’s something I definitely keep tabs on. Women’s football teams are in their own community and everyone is in it together and the new Barclays deal will be massive for everyone involved.

“We welcome it from a national approach and hopefully those benefits soon which might mean more people watching and more money in the game for clubs to improve facilities.

“Ultimately it’ll have a huge impact on women’s football in the UK as big companies like that supporting the game will only push it further.”

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