Sasha’s future in safe hands after impressing at Chelsea

Scarborough Ladies goalkeeper Sasha Woods, who impressed at a trial with Chelsea Ladies under-19s over the weekend. Picture: Richard Ponter
Scarborough Ladies goalkeeper Sasha Woods, who impressed at a trial with Chelsea Ladies under-19s over the weekend. Picture: Richard Ponter

Young Scarborough Ladies goalkeeper Sasha Woods is dreaming of a career in the Women’s Super League after a trial with Chelsea under-19s.

Woods, 16, was recommended for the trial by York Centre of Excellence after coming to the end of her time there, and the stopper grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

The SLFC youngster also impressed at a trial with Hull City, and is likely to be travelling back down to London for a second spell with Chelsea later this month.

Woods said: “I was pretty nervous the night before, but I managed to stay calm on the day and did pretty well.

“I was training with the male keepers so it was quite tough, but they’ve asked me to go down again on April 30, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Woods is a big Chelsea fan and admits she’s now dreaming of a career in the big time, following in the footsteps of her hero and Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl, who she met recently after a trip to watch them with SLFC.

“It was great to meet them all, Eniola Aluko wished me good luck for my trial,” added Woods, who admits a move down south doesn’t faze her as he chases her dream of playing professional football.

“It’s what I want to do one day, that’s the dream.

“I would jump at the chance to move down there, we’ll have to see how things go now.”

Woods has recently made the transition to the SLFC senior side, and that’s an experience that the young keeper believes has benefitted her.

“I’ve played six games for the senior team and I’ve really enjoyed it,” she said.

“It’s more competitive and it’s definitely improved me.”

The Graham School pupil has been with SLFC since under-10s, and managerJames Hunter is delighted with her progress.

“Since coming into the open-age side, Sasha has been fantastic,” he said.

“She has been an integral part of the club since she was nine-years-old, and everyone at Scarborough Ladies is really delighted her hard work and dedication is paying off.”