(Published on Yeovil Town Ladies FC’s official website)
Yeovil Town Ladies will head to Everton looking to extend their unbeaten league run to ten games this Sunday. They have every chance of doing that as long as they produce the same level of performance that they did against Watford last week.
In their second game played at Sherborne during their mini-return to The Jones Stadium, the Glovers secured an emphatic victory over the Hornets. Yeovil were dominant right from the start but were made to work hard by Watford, with the home side perhaps feeling unlucky to be going in at half time only 2 – 0 up.
However, there were no complaints after the referee’s final whistle as the game ended 5 – 0 to Yeovil. One of the most impressive things about their performance was that they never took their foot off the gas, playing with a high amount of intensity and attacking intent even after the result become virtually guaranteed.
The goals themselves came from Sarah Wiltshire, who netted a brace, Nicola Cousins, Atlanta Primus and Helen Bleazard. All four players deserved to get their names on the scoresheet, and virtually all five goals were perfect demonstrations of textbook finishing.
A player who didn’t get on the scoresheet but still deserved a lot of praise was debutant Danielle Carlton. The new signing had the unenviable task of filling the shoes of Yeovil’s ever-present captain Ellie Curson as a half time substitute. However, the midfielder, who signed from Millwall in the week prior to the game, really pulled the strings for Yeovil and also showed some Curson-esque leadership skills.
After the game, manager Jamie Sherwood described the Yeovil Town Ladies squad as a “family”, saying: “We make sure that if one’s in, we’re all in and we make sure that we look after each other.” That team spirit at the club was there for all to see against Watford, not just during the match but also afterwards in the post-match celebratory huddle.
As a supporter, it’s admirable to see such unity and camaraderie, and it’s clear that it rubs off on the crowd. When you walk through the Yeovil Ladies turnstiles, whether it be at The Jones Stadium or Huish Park, you really feel as if you’re part of something special, an ever-growing group of people all working towards the same thing.
Next up for the team is an away fixture against Everton, and it won’t be an easy game. Just last week in his programme notes, Jamie said that, in his opinion, the Toffees were title favourites. After that, they’ll face a home match against Durham Women, who are currently third in the Women’s Super League 2 table.
It would be a slightly daunting run of games for any team, let alone one that has Bristol City Women hot on their tails at the top of the league. It’s exactly the kind of challenge that requires a good team spirit and a lot of character, but you can count on the Yeovil Town Ladies family to bring it in abundance.