Simpson-Ash: I’m delighted with the team

Walsall Ladies manager Donna Simpson-Ash has praised her team and believes that momentum is building within the side following their recent form of results.

The Saddlers secured a 1-2 win against Black Country Fusion in the first game of the new year away from home last Sunday in what was a fairly tight affair and with the team looking stronger by the week, Simpson-Ash has praised the team for their continued hard work.

“I’m very pleased with the team at the moment, “said the Ladies manager.

“It was a tough game last Sunday against a good side and despite looking rusty early on I was delighted with how the team approached the game and how hard they worked to play themselves back into form. We displayed our quality in the final third in the key moments of the game and overall I think we deserved the win.”

Last Sunday’s victory saw the Ladies maintain Simpson-Ash’s 100% record at the helm since taking charge of first team affairs and seen the Saddlers rise to second in the table with 27 points thus far and the recent form of results has seen the side pick up momentum leading into their next game.

“The sense of momentum is building,” explained Simpson-Ash.

“The squad is definitely gelling together now and with the consistent hard work at training reflecting on the pitch, we feel that we are in a good position at this moment in time.

“In the build up to our last game, we spoke about our desire to carry on the levels we reached prior to Christmas and I am very pleased that the team took this on board and carried it through. Hopefully we can utilise this in the future and keep reaching those standards that we set out with each week as we all appreciate that although we carry some momentum in our hands, we can only maintain this with continued hard work.”

The Ladies’ attention now solely turns to Sunday where they face a clash with Tamworth FC who currently occupy top spot in the league table. In their last outing, they secured themselves an emphatic 1-18 win away from home against Doveridge LFC to maintain their unbeaten record and whilst the game will be an entertaining one for the neutral, the manager believes that they can cause an upset.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we will be facing our toughest test of the season so far on Sunday,” explained Simpson-Ash.

“They have a good record in the league and currently sit at the top of the table so we will be working hard in training this week as we always do to maintain our focus and levels of intensity both with and without the ball.

“We cannot rest on our laurels just because we have been on a good run recently. We have to remain focused before and during the match and treat the game with the respect it deserves.

“Having said this I am confident that if we turn up on the day with the right attitude and play to the best of our ability, we can get something out of the game.”

Sunday’s game between Tamworth FC and Walsall Ladies at Tamworth Football Club, B77 1AA, kicks off at 2pm.

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