After a strong performance in midweek against title rivals Swansea, Cardiff Met travel to Abergavenny to try and take a stride at the top end of the table, writes Geren Scapens.
The last meeting between the two teams was a favourable result for the traveling side in this week's fixture with Met coming away with a 4-2 win.
Despite having the win, the goals conceded in that game have made Met wary of how much of a threat Abergavenny can be. Met forward Erin Murray believes that Abergavenny are a side that, "have good attacking presence so it’s important we nullify those and start well”.
Not only did Murray praise the opponents, but she also took time to speak highly of her own team. Murray stated, “as a team, we are looking forward to the game, after our performance on Wednesday we are confident we can carry that through to Sunday, and its been an enjoyable week of football. We’ll continue going into every game confident, excited, and giving 100% knowing three points are essential to stay in the title race”.
Despite their confidence and excitement, the knowledge of Abergavenny’s threat going forward will be an issue in the back of their minds come game day. The fact that forward Lyndsey Davies has netted double figures this season, is certainly going to keep them on their toes on Sunday ahead of the match.
Someone who will be watching from afar come Sunday will be Met’s Grace Corne who is currently out injured. Having the perspective from the sideline has allowed Corne to see the game in a different light and she believes Met need to focus on ending the season positively.
“We had a very strong, positive game against Swansea on Wednesday so we will be hoping to take that into the game against Aber who are a great side. We know how important it is to play well and win our remaining games, not focusing too much on the table but more on getting the points and finishing the season on a high”.
Despite Met's confidence going into the match, Abergavenny will prove to be a tough test for the Archers. After last time out, they lost to Port Talbot 2-0, who sit one place above them in the standings, which could be crucial come the end of the season given the Steelwomen have a three point cushion over Abergavenny. . However, sitting in fifth, there is still lots for the hosts to play for in their season and a strong performance on Sunday could be the beginning of a strong end of season push.
This has been made very apparent to Amber Roberts that this could be the case. Defensively they have to be switched on to come away with a positive result. “Our attackers have been on top form with goals after goals,” but Roberts also made it clear that, “it’s important that we keep a clean sheet”.
An important game awaits both sides come Sunday afternoon.
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