As we head into the final few weeks of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League season, Tobias Hunt takes a deep dive into the standout fixtures left in the 2020-21 season.
May 9th – Cascade YC v Aberystwyth Town
Cascade and Aberystwyth will battle it out at the CCB Centre For Sporting Excellence this weekend in a bottom of the table clash. Aberystwyth are currently 8th in table with five points, while Cascade sit a point behind in 9th.
Sunday’s game is massive for both sides, reiterated Aberystwyth’s Kelly Thomas, “Every game is a big game in our league as you will have seen from the close results week after week. But it’s always that little bit bigger when the fixture is against a team so close in the table.
“We know it’s winnable, but Cascade is always a tough place to go so we know we will need to be ready to put in a big performance to come away with 3 points.”
On how the morale is in the squad having only won one game all season, Thomas stated “It hasn’t been easy keeping morale high after certain games that we felt we should have got more from. But the girls are resilient, and we have a good togetherness.
“We still believe we can compete in this league, and there is a pressure on us to show it. Feedback from other clubs that we are playing a lot better than previous years has helped. We just need to start taking our chances and being more clinical to get more points on the board.”
In the reverse fixture this season Cascade came out on top, “Of course it was disappointing to come away with nothing after the home fixture. We have been working on certain weaknesses in training a lot and it would be nice to put that right this Sunday.”
May 23rd – Swansea City v Cardiff City
Swansea currently sit 2nd in the WPWL, level on points with Cardiff Met and with a game in hand. The recent form of both sides suggests the title race could go down to the wire. Swansea City face Cardiff City on the final day of the season, while Met travel to Aberystwyth.
Swansea boss Colin Staples spoke about the title potentially going down to the last day. “As a club we treat every game as it comes along and until we get to the final game no one can say whether the game against Cardiff City will be the decider.
“However, the players and staff will prepare for each game as we have all season, with respect for the opposition and a plan to go out and attack the game and play our brand of football.
“We are confident the players will give 100% until the very last kick of a ball for this season, we are confident the players understand their roles and responsibilities and we are confident that they will carry out the required levels of performance warranted in efforts to win games.
“Morale is and has been very high, with an excellent squad to select from, everyone keeps everyone on their toes, with a balanced amount of competitiveness, camaraderie, humour and desire.
Working with the squad is a pleasure and a challenge, as we all wish to improve and become even better at what we do.”
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