(Published on Yeovil Town Ladies FC’s official website)
Over the past month, football fans have been treated to a very entertaining European Championships. The huge amount of late goals, underdogs exceeding expectations and involvement of the home nations has meant that you’re not able to take your eyes off of it for a second.
Arguably one of the highlights (for England fans!) would have been the match between the three lions and Wales, which was won in the dying seconds by a Danny Sturridge finish. The game would have divided the dressing room at Yeovil Town Ladies, as there are many Welsh representatives in the side. Even gaffer Jamie Sherwood tweeted his support for the Dragons!
While England got the better of Wales on the day, the latter got the last laugh as they finished top of the group and then beat fellow local rivals Northern Ireland in their Round of 16 match, before an emphatic win against Belgium in the quarter finals.
Despite all of the excitement that the tournament has brought, there has been a void in the lives of Yeovil Town Ladies supporters; they haven’t seen their beloved Glovers play at home since May. The last match at Huish Park was a memorable one though: the thriller against Aston Villa Ladies. On that day, Yeovil completed a fantastic comeback after going two goals down, thanks to a Sarah Wiltshire hat-trick and Nicola Cousins strike.
The fans will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday against Notts County Ladies, especially after another win in their first game back after the mid-season break against Durham Women. It was another occasion where Wiltshire showed her quality, as her lob secured the win after Atlanta Primus’ goal opened the scoring on 57 minutes. It was an impressive, albeit patient, display from the Glovers.
It was also a display that saw them keep their place at the top of the Women’s Super League Division 2 table and, although Bristol City Women are hot on their tails, Yeovil secured a well earned point at Oxford United Women on Thursday to keep them strong at the summit.
However, Jamie Sherwood’s side never show complacency and never under-estimate their opponents, something that is crucial to overcoming teams in this division. On the other hand, after such a strong first half of the season, it is difficult for fans to not become confident, even expectant, in Yeovil.
Indeed, they are in great form, they have a striker who has been hailed as the league’s best in Sarah Wiltshire, they have a popular and respected manager, they have bags of character and to top it off they have fans who will surely give them a warm welcome back for the game.
After all, the Euros may boast some of the world’s best players and teams, but watching them on your telly will never recreate the Yeovil roar. Let’s make sure we back Yeovil ‘til the end, and make sure we help their home venue stays a fortress!