Sophie Ball: There’s things we can improve on

Walsall Ladies captain Sophie Ball believes that there is room for improvement after the Saddlers suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season following a 4-2 loss away at Sutton Rangers last Sunday.

The two teams played each other for the second time in the space of two weeks, with Sutton coming out on top on both occasions.

“To suffer back-to-back defeats was disappointing and tough to take but the spirit in the camp remains high,” said Ball.

“If anything, we are now more determined to get back to winning ways and get back to picking up results on a regular basis. We know where our weaknesses are as a team and I know that myself and the girls will work tirelessly in training this week to make sure that these areas are looked at and improved on. The last two games have almost helped us pick out those fine little details and hopefully we can use this to our advantage.

“Having said this, we also have a lot of strengths and talent in the team and we have shown great character and composure during the course of the season so far. I’m really proud of the team.

“Given the fact there were multiple injuries and some key players missing within the squad leading up to last Sunday, I think we played well and gave another good account of ourselves. Sutton are a very good team but I’m proud of how hard the girls battled and how they never gave up. This was evident in the match two weeks ago also but we know we have some things to work on in training.”

Despite suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, the Saddlers remain 2nd in the league and Ball is hoping the team can brush these defeats aside, work hard in training and get back to winning ways this weekend against Wyrley.

“As captain, I will be looking for three points on Sunday against Wyrley Women’s Reserves,” she added. “I am confident that we can perform well on the day and get the win and get our season back on track.”

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