Spike Hill is welcomed to Crusaders Strikers by Stephen Calvert (c) Crusaders Strikers

HILL APPOINTED AS STRIKERS HEAD COACH

Crusaders Strikers have announced the appointment of former Glentoran II and Bangor boss Spike Hill as their new head coach for the forthcoming Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season.

The new coach previously spent ten years at the Oval and has had experience with the international women’s setup at senior, under-19 and under-17 level.

Spike returns to the NI Football League for the first time since an ill-fated spell as Bangor manager during the 2016/2017 season as the Seasiders were relegated from the Premier Intermediate League.

Hill told the club’s official Facebook page, "Delighted to be joining the Shore Road outfit, the Strikers have a great history and we need to add to that. Prior to taking up the role I spoke to many people at the club and they were all extremely professional in promoting the club and in their recruitment process."

He continued, "Pre season is well underway and the girls are working hard towards the big kick off, the Academy is flourishing under the guidance of Danielle McDowell and they share my developmental ethos, so when you couple that with the experience of the likes of Julie Nelson amongst others it should be exciting times ahead.”

Crusaders Strikers have won the Women’s Premiership on six occasions, but not since 2012 have the North Belfast side been league champions, finishing fourth last season in the 2018 Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.

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