Ladies must take lessons into rest of their season
YEOVIL Town Ladies must take lessons learned against Leeds United into upcoming cup and league matches, according to joint manager Sarah Lawler.
The Glovers bowed out of the FA Women's Premier League Cup on Sunday, beaten 1-0 by the top flight side at Huish Park. However, Lawler and fellow joint boss Nigel Williams left the home of their npower League One men's colleagues beaming with pride.
Once again, the Premier League Southern Division ladies showed they could mix with the country's biggest teams.
But Lawler, right, said resting on their laurels is the last thing on their minds ahead of crucial games in the Somerset County Cup, Women's FA Cup and Premier League.
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She said: "We were really proud to have gone out on Huish Park and the opportunity to play there meant a lot to the players. They went out and played for that and each other.
"We never like losing but to have lost in the way we did against quality opposition I think certainly showed we gave them a game. We had our own opportunities to score and get the result they had.
"When we play the bigger teams we tend to play better football and there were spells in the game when we were on top. It wasn't until the last 25 minutes that we started to get tired. We also had an horrendous injury that did effect the team, but you learn from these types of games in terms of what the step up is.
"We saw that we needed to be fitter in that last part of the game and maybe be more clinical with our crossing and finishing.
"We enjoyed the game, don't get me wrong, but from everything we try and take lessons whether we win or lose. We have done that from Sunday and all we can now do is take the form and the way we played into the other cup competitions and into the league.
"We have got the Somerset County Cup, the FA Women's Cup and league games coming up. We were really proud of the way they played on Sunday. It was not a one-sided game and Leeds weren't the only side in it.
"There were moments when it was end to end, there were moments when we were on top of them and there were moments when they were on top of us. It was a typical, good competitive match and that is what people want to see."
Former player Lawler also thanked the bumper crowd at Huish Park, as more than 600 took the rare opportunity to see the Glovers' ladies playing in their home town.
"We cannot say enough to thank the crowd and everybody that came along, be it people that regularly watch us or those that were watching their first game," she said.
"People came from across the South West to watch us and we would like to thank them for turning out and making the game what it was. The girls said they could hear the crowd behind them and it really helped them in the game.
"There probably were some nerves at the start but sometimes that's good. They were very quiet when they came into the changing room.
"But they soon put on their music and got that out of their system. Coming to the club, for the majority that had not played there were probably taken back a bit but they didn't let it affect them."