As we reach the business end of the season I thought it might be a good time to take a look at the league table and the remaining four games.
With 12 points still up for grabs, Solihull Ladies will be fighting hard to grasp as many points as they can, as they strive to keep their position within the The FA Women's Premier League Midlands Division One. Similarly to the men’s side collecting points is just part of the task, as they also need to up their goals tally in the hope of strengthening their league position.
With two home games and two away trips still to come it is important the girls focus their energies on each match individually in order to retain their composure on the pitch and earn those vital points.
Manager Sarah Westwood is aware of the challenge ahead, she gives her thoughts here: “It’s as simple as this: we have one game in hand on Rotherham and Leicester City Ladies. We are 2 points and 5 points ahead of these teams respectively. Our game at home to Leicester this Sunday is pivotal – win that, and we secure our status in the league for another season. The girls know what they need to do and I have every confidence in them to go and do it!”.
There are no easy games in this league but perhaps their greatest chance of claiming a win comes against fellow strugglers Leicester City; the teams meet twice over the final weeks, both at Hampton and Away at Linwood.
Leicester have struggled to pick up points on their home turf, so I’d expect Solihull to really bring the game to them at Linwood, and exert their authority as dominant visitors.
Another potential to grab some goals and points comes in the form of the girls’ rearranged game away against Loughborough Students. Despite lingering at the foot of the table the home team should not be discounted as the squad have strengthened substantially since the two last met; resulting in a huge 6-0 victory for Solihull. The girls will need to dig deep mentally and physically to see this game out.
The season closes on May 14th with a home tie against The New Saints; the visiting team have really rallied these last few weeks picking up maximum points from their last three league games. Interestingly however when the teams last met; we were treated to a real goal fest resulting in a 3 all draw.
Depending on how the next four games pan out, this could be a real six pointer for both teams at either end of the table. The final game of the season also sees the girls play their last game as Solihull Ladies FC, a very exciting new era begins on July 1st when the club will officially become Solihull Moors Ladies FC completing their merger with The Moors.
Captain Tanya Dickinson gives her thoughts on how the rest of the season will play out: “After a disappointing loss at the weekend, results in the last few games are critical for our survival in this league.
"We know what we need to do, and we are focused and determined to get the points needed. The remaining fixtures work in our favour, with three of the four games being against opponents below us in the league, however we are under no illusion that it'll be easy.
"It'll take hard work, commitment and desire, but if we play to the level I know we can, then I have no doubts that we'll finish the season on a high. I am personally going for maximum points from the remaining games and have every confidence that we will be able to achieve it.”
FIXTURES (all 2pm kick-off)
23rd April at Hampton F.C v Leicester City Ladies
30th April away v Loughborough Students Womens
7th May away v Leicester City Ladies
14th May at Hampton F.C v The New Saints Ladies