BY LUCAS BALL
Crystal Palace Ladies Football Club have been awarded a spot in the FA Womens’ Championship following Sheffield FC Ladies’ withdrawal due to financial constraints.
With Palace having already lost Gemma Bryan, they will now need to keep hold of their best players as they look to secure success in the second tier in 2018-19.
It also means that former Millwall Lionesses captain Ashlee Hincks will come up against her former club this season, something which was unexpected with Palace originally taking part in the National League.
Hincks said: “The club have a real ambition to take the women’s side to the highest level of the women’s game and that’s showing by the relationship they have with the men’s side. They get fantastic backing and want to progress to the next level. The sky’s the limit for this club.
“It just ticked all the boxes right from the off, conversations with the manager and then the chairman just showed me their intent on not only pushing Palace forward but to ensure they brought in the right characters for the team, something that is huge for me is the right fit.
“It’s important to get along with team-mates and have a good relationships, on and off the pitch. The club have a genuine desire to do all the right things, they have a great set of fans, brilliant links with the RTC and community so it definitely was an easy decision for me to come here.”