King’s Lynn Town Ladies will end the first weekend of a new era at The Walks by entertaining their counterparts from West Ham in a glamour first home fixture.
The ladies will host the Hammers, who play in the FA Women’s Premier League South, on Sunday – less than 24 hours after the first team kick-off their first Southern League campaign under new owner Stephen Cleeve.
Head coach Joe Simpson said: “From a men’s perspective, everyone knows what a big club West Ham are, so to get the ladies down here for a friendly fixture is immense.
“It’s a really attractive game and they’ve promised to bring a strong team. It will be a great way to start playing under the banner of King’s Lynn Town FC at The Walks.
“Everyone connected with the club are very excited about it and it will give us the chance to express ourselves and have a real go on the pitch.”
Simpson is part of a close-knit coaching set up.
Michelle Stewart-Sheen is the manager and will be assisted by Louise Coggles, while Sean McQuaid is helping Simpson out on the coaching side.
Simpson hopes the fans will turn out in force for the game.
“They’ve always been superb and got behind Lynn, whatever team it has been, so it would be great if they could do exactly the same with us,” said Simpson.
“We’re a good side, a good group and we try and play football the right way so hopefully they’ll come and give us a go.”
Sunday’s match will be one of only a few occasions where the ladies grace The Walks.
The Norfolk Women’s and Girls League Women’s Division One outfit’s fixtures are set to be held at River Lane with county cup fixtures set to be staged at the home of the Linnets.
Simpson, who harbours hopes of a good season in the league, added: “It’s been a positive move to come under the umbrella of the football club.
“From a football perspective, there’s nothing but talent in and around the town.
“I’m an ambitious person and want to be as successful as possible. My personal target would be for us to achieve a top-four finish in the league, but it’s also about helping the girls develop.”
Entry for the match, which kicks-off at 2pm, costs adults £5 and concessions £3. Children under the age of 11 are free.