With the Watford Ladies FC first team not due to report back for pre-season duty until the new year ahead of the WSL2 league, many of the players have opted to keep themselves ticking over by joining an FAWPL club on loan.
Midfielder Kate Natkiel is one of those as she opted to join Brighton & Hove Albion Women and watfordladiesfc.com caught up with Kate to find out how she’s finding life on the south coast.
“I’m really enjoying being on loan at Brighton, everyone has been really welcoming and I’ve really liked the training sessions and matches I’ve been involved in,” she said
Kate admits that – with such a long gap between the end of Watford’s last season in FAWPL and the start of WSL2 – keeping up her fitness was a concern for her and that she felt it was important to get as much game time as possible between now and pre-season.
“I wanted to go on loan to keep my match fitness up for the beginning of our season in March, and to keep playing at a high level.
“Brighton was definitely the best option for me, after going to one training session I knew I was going to love training and playing with them!”
Kate has certainly made a big impact since arriving at her loan club.
Brighton got off to an indifferent start to their league campaign, with only one win in the first three games, but after making her debut in the 5-4 victory over Chesham, they have gone on to win three games in a row.
The latest win was a 6-0 away thumping of local rivals Lewes, a match in which Kate scored a fine hat-trick to take her goal tally to four for the season.
“I thought it was going to be a tougher match than it was in the end, but that should take nothing away from our performance which was really good and I think we deserved all the goals we managed to get.”
Kate can’t deny that she has one eye on the WSL however and is excited for it to get going.
“I can’t wait for pre season to start and to get all the squad back in together,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to working hard and I know this can be our best season yet and I really believe we can challenge for the title in WSL2”
You can keep up to date with how Kate and all the WLFC loan players are getting on via Twitter @watfordladiesfc and Facebook Watford Ladies FC.
This weekend the Reserves host Bristol Academy Reserves in the WSL Development League South. The match kicks off at 2pm at Sun Postal FC, free admission.
With the England v Wales fixture just around the corner, Bristol may use the fixture to give the odd international star or two some match time.
The Development Team were due to host Harvesters U18 in Herts County Cup first round but have been given a walkover into the next round, where they will host Stevenage Borough Ladies on November 17.