Yeovil Town Ladies' boss believes squad has character to do better
YEOVIL Town Ladies joint manager Nigel Williams believes his team has the spirit to succeed in the FA Women's Premier League despite slumping to their second defeat of the campaign.
The Glovers travel to Colchester United on Sunday in the Southern Division, seven days after being beaten 2-1 by second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion.
Williams - who shares the managerial role with former club captain Sarah Lawler - backed the team to kick on after twice valiantly chasing an equaliser.
"I was pleased with the response we gave this week, going down to a penalty and then creating chances," he said.
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"We were as good if not better than Brighton and then still going for the equaliser when we conceded the second says to me that we have the spirit at this club to battle in this division.
"We have learnt a lot from Brighton, who have some great players and their passing and movement was something to admire. They are in the position where we want to be and I am sure that we can get there with the way we set up and the players we have in or squad.
"This one is now behind us. We travel to Colchester on Sunday and we are ready for the challenge. This league is not easy and we are growing in stature week by week."
The Seagulls flew out of the blocks, with pressure in the opening 20 minutes eventually drawing a foul for a penalty the visitors dispatched.
The strike stirred Yeovil to life and introducing Grace Rapp following her midweek England under-19s call-up and Charlotte Hannam at half time gave them an even greater footing in the game.
Under pressure from a Brighton defender, Rapp slid the ball to summer signing Kayleigh Sage who curled beyond the keeper into the top right corner.
Further Glovers' attacks came to nothing before Brighton made the most of a counterattack on the right wing. Enjoying space that should not have been afforded her, the visitor's chip found its way into the net via a poor first touch and an unfortunate rebound off the post and keeper Rachel Simkin.
Williams added: "It was great to see Charlotte back in a first team shirt after injury. We were really impressed with Kayleigh's performance, she has fitted well into the side."