Walsall Ladies are back in action this weekend as they face local neighbours Walsall Wood at Dales Lane on Sunday 24th November.
The Saddlers come into this game having played the visitors a few weeks back in the League Cup, a game which saw Wood advance to the next round with a 1-9 away win. Since then, the Saddlers produced an encouraging display last time out against a strong Stoke City Ladies side in the Challenge Cup and although the game finished 0-7 to the Potters, Ladies captain Sophie Ball was one of the first to run the plaudits.
“I am really proud of my teammates”, said Ball.
“We knew going into last Sunday’s game that it was going to be a difficult task but I thought we showed a great account of ourselves despite the result and should be proud both individually and as a team. We put our all in, battled hard and never gave up against a really good team.”
In what was an encouraging display from the Saddlers, captain Ball believes that having played against a strong opposition, it will benefit them greatly during the course of the season.
“Looking back, I think we have realised that when we play to the best of our abilities, we can compete against anybody that is put in front of us”, added Ball.
“We made life hard for Stoke on a few occasions and that was pleasing to see. It was a good experience for us to play Stoke because it allowed us to see where we can improve. Stoke play really good football across the floor and that’s one thing that we are striving to achieve on a regular basis.
“We were of course disappointed to lose as we always go out on the pitch with the intention of winning the game. Nonetheless, I was really proud of every member of the squad and management staff last time out and I am confident that if we perform and conduct ourselves in the same manner, we will stand a good chance of winning against Walsall Wood.
With the focus now back on the league, the Saddlers sit 3rd whilst the visitors currently occupy 6th and Ball believes it will be a different test to the cup game.
“It’s going to be a different sort of game on Sunday,” added Ball.
“It was disappointing to lose in the way we did against them in the League Cup but we know what we need to do this time around.
“We have worked tirelessly in training and despite some disappointing results in the space of a few weeks, confidence is high in the camp and we are all excited to go out and compete and hopefully get back on track and pick up an important win.”
Sunday’s game between Walsall Ladies and Walsall Wood at Dales Lane kicks off at 2pm.
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