WSL 2: Yeovil Town spurred on by record support - Heatherson

Ann-Marie Heatherson
Ann-Marie Heatherson is Yeovil Town Ladies' joint leading scorer this season with five goals

Forward Ann-Marie Heatherson says club-record support for Yeovil Town against Millwall can help them win promotion and build the game in Somerset.

A crowd of 722 watched third-placed Yeovil win the first Women's Super League match played at Huish Park.

"We want to grow this game," Heatherson told BBC Somerset after the 1-0 win.

"Yeah, we are WSL 2 and don't have World Cup players here, but I tell you what, with that support being behind us and pushing us we will go far."

Yeovil's crowd followed a spike in interest a week earlier, when average WSL 1 attendances rose by 78% for the first round of fixtures played since England's World Cup bronze-medal winning success in Canada.

At home at Huish Park
Yeovil Town Ladies last played at Huish Park, the home of their male counterparts, in the Women's FA Cup in 2013. The tie against Leeds United drew a crowd of more 600 to the 9,500 capacity ground.

Support for the Somerset club has increased for every home game so far in 2015, with the their first match of the season against Reading at Sherborne attracting just 347 spectators.

Former Chelsea, Millwall and Bristol Academy player Heatherson said trying to keep spectator numbers up will be a motivating factor for players.

"We do it for each other, but we will do it for everyone that wants to support us," she added.

Yeovil's match against Millwall was their first competitive fixture in seven weeks and they are six points behind second-placed Reading.

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