Hullbridge Sports Ladies are targeting yet more success after making light work of their return to the women’s game.

Having disbanded at the start of the 2016/2017 season following the departure of Lisa Frost, a new committee was formed tasked with bringing back a ladies first team.

Frost had led the team only formed in 2014 to back-to-back league titles – winning the Essex Women’s Premier Division Trophy in 2016.

And, having successfully managed to orchestrate the return of the team, head of ladies football John Gilbert says the team are well on course for another good season.

“The team was promoted two years in a row under Lisa before she handed it over,” said Gilbert, 43. “And it was always going to be hard for someone else, a lot of the players went to other clubs and some girls stopped playing so the team disbanded.

“It was strange for us as that was not what we wanted.

“A whole new committee was formed at the beginning of last year. We wanted it back up and running. Through a lot of work we got 50 per cent of the ladies back and 50 per cent new girls in and we are going well.”

The ladies are currently top of Division one with 11 wins from 11, with two games in hand on second placed Southend United Ladies who they meet on Sunday.

Sports have scored 87 goals and conceded just seven in that time and are looking odds on for a speedy return to the Premier League.

The on-form ladies are also into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

And Gilbert, who lives in Hullbridge and is the former manager of the girls’ under-14s team, has praised new manager Steve Spencer for getting the ladies firing so quickly.

“We are back in Division One this year but are targeting promotion,” he said. “And we should go back into Premier League at the rate we are going.

“We thought it might take a little while but Steve has done some very good work to get the team going.

“Now we have that sorted we want to get reserves going. We want all the girls’ teams to see a route into the ladies team and everything is really positive.

“We want to develop the girls from Mini Soccer age. That is very important to all of us and having a good senior team is equally important.

“We want to achieve a lot and the sky is the limit.”