Retained List Week 2 Roundup

16th August 2020

With the season drawing nearer, three more Robinesses – Kirsten Rendall, Lauren Ellis and Mai Butler – will stay with the club, and they’ll be joined by brand new signing Billie Haynes.


Kirsten Rendall|Defender

Signing from Keynsham Town Ladies in September 2019, Rendall would make her debut in The Robinesses’ 2-0 away win over Southampton Women’s.

A gifted fullback with a fantastic left foot, she would also demonstrate her adaptability by standing in at centre-half alongside Sammy Hallsworth following the club’s centre-back crisis near the end of last season.

For the 2020/21 season, Kirsten will be sponsored by Engineering Integration


Lauren Ellis|Defender/Midfielder

Behind only Abby Bevan in appearances last season, Lauren Ellis has shown her quality at leftback after originally joining as a right fullback or winger.

With an underrated right foot, her ability to deliver set pieces was shown in glimpses last season as she scored two free-kicks from distance against Brislington.


Mai Butler|Defender

Joining from Wolves Women ahead of 2019/20, Mai Butler scored Cheltenham’s first competitive goal of the season at home to Poole Town Ladies on the opening day.

A leader and organiser on the field, Mai was a rock at the heart of Cheltenham’s defence, as well as being a threat from set pieces which saw her get two goals in her 13 starts.

For the 2020/21 season, Mai will be sponsored by Jon Palmer


Billie Haynes|Winger

Strong left-footer Billie Haynes joins The Robinesses from Wolves Women with a wealth of FA Women’s National League experience.

Haynes joined Wolves Women from Aston Villa Women after Wolves had been promoted to the FA WNL Northern Premier, making 23 appearances and scoring 4 goals. Following relegation to the FAWNL Division One Midlands, Haynes would equal her previous season’s appearances, but this time racking up 14 goals. Last season saw her make 15 appearances for Wolves, contributing four goals.

For the 2020/21 season, Billie will be sponsored by MPH Merchant



Manager Tom Davies was pleased to confirm the latest players. He told “Kirsten’s been another one that’s kept  everyone going during lockdown. She’s been helping to organise Zoom quizzes and bits to keep together, which is important for what we want to build here. She brings vast experience and quality to the group.

“Lauren is one of the longest serving in the group now. She’s bought into the ideas we’ve put in, she works hard, applies herself in every session and is constantly putting in strong performances.”

Davies was also delighted that centre-back Mai Butler had committed for the season, along with the addition of new signing Billie Haynes.

“I’ve worked with Mai & Billie before when we were all at Wolves Women. We’re all a couple years older, and we’ve improved since then and I’m really excited to see what these two can do in this division.

“Mai’s a natural leader, she’s such a strong defender and will play a key part in our success in this campaign. As will Billie, whose quality and potential are huge. She’s powerful and quick, and she’s really been enjoying her football since her arrival.”

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