United Services Pinks are reaping the benefits of some recent additions to their squad.
A team who proved to be one of the more consistent performers in division four in recent seasons earned the right to test their abilities in division three last term.
And with the help of some restructuring within the team, they didn’t let the pressure of their new surroundings get the better of them as they won seven of their 14 games.
Inviting former Stubbington Pinks stars Julie Morris, Helen Carrington and Pam Fisher on board following the break-up of that outfit helped reinvigorate the team.
The joining of forces has also gone down well with the current players, who are delighted to be thriving in the third tier of the Gosport & Fareham League.
‘Towards the end of the summer season we were asked by our Stubbington Pinks founder, Lyn Harris, if we would be interested in joining up with a club she was running called United Services,’ said captain Julie Morris.
‘We discussed the offer at our Christmas party and again at the end-of-season night out and decided that we liked the idea of belonging to a club again.
‘Joining a club means we have to lose our signature pink t-shirts but this was a small consideration when weighed against the numerous incentives, like regular weekly training and new kit and equipment.’
‘Not to mention the support of two other teams in the club and the possibility of taking part in GFNA’s major social events like the one held at Brean Sands.
‘We have quite a big squad, with 14 members, but as two key players are in the navy, we often find ourselves short when they get deployed.
‘We also have quite a wide age range from mid 40s to early 20s.
‘Everyone plays to their strengths and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the team. Experience goes a long way.’
Morris added the team was surprised to earn promotion to division three last season, but were delighted to round-off the campaign without a drop back down at the first time of asking.
‘Going up to division three was a bit of a surprise and we anticipated it to be quite a challenge,’ she said.
‘But we finished fifth which we were delighted with.’
US Pinks next game is on Wednesday at 8.30pm against Antonios.