Team Solent Ladies: Ending on a High


Brazilian Rafa Citron took the helm at Team Solent Ladies at the start of the season and is seeking to end his first campain on a high with one fixture to go.

Citron replaced the successful Jesse Waller Lassen , who masterminded a promotion and Varsity victory last year, and hoped to bring a continental style of play to the side.

The new manager recently commented on his side’s appealing style of football so far this campaign: “What we’ve done so far is really good. We’ve played really well this season, even if we didn’t win every game.”

Rafa Citron addresses his team during a warm up
[Photographs: Adam Whyte]

The change in manager was not the only difference to the Solent Ladies set up this season; second year students Georgie Lowe and Hollie Veness were promoted to the captain roles prior to the start of the season.

Speaking in September, Lowe was full of praise for the training so far under Citron.

She said: “He knows what he wants to do with us this season. He’s come in pretty direct and now its about putting that across in matches.”

Whilst the change in management took some time for all to get used to, Solent Ladies currently sit second in the BUCS 1A Division and have won four of their last five league games.

The Sparks enjoyed big wins home and away against local rivals Bournemouth University, alongside a confident 4-0 win over University of West England at Test Park.

Citron and his team at half time of a recent game [Photographs: Adam Whyte

Exeter University were the Division’s runaway team this season, but Citron believes his team’s performances more than match that of the league leaders.

“They [Exeter] score loads of goals and play really nice [football],” said Citron. “But when they have they have the ball they don’t play the way we play.”

This campaign Solent Ladies have scored eighteen goals in nine games; winning five of these fixtures in the process.

In order to secure second the Sparks need to beat University of South Wales on the 7th of March in their final league game of the season.

“We’ll go for the last game on the 7th of March against South Wales,” said Citron. “If we win, we’ll finish second so I’m hoping for the three points.”