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Walsall Women

Steve Guest discusses recent form and final league game of the season

8 May 2024

Walsall Women

Steve Guest discusses recent form and final league game of the season

8 May 2024

Walsall Women have picked up four points from their last two outings and will be looking to end the season with a victory when they take on Newcastle Town Women this weekend.

It’s been a strange period for Walsall Women who didn’t play a match for the entirety of March but returned to action on April 7th as Devonne Barratt’s goal helped the team earn a 1-1 draw with league leaders AFC Telford United Ladies.

Manager Steve Guest was satisfied with the result against a strong side but he felt his team could have emerged with three points with the chances they had.

“It was one of those end-to-end games,” Guest explained.

“First half, both keepers made some good saves and second half, we dominated more but we couldn’t finish our chances so I think a draw was quite respectable going up against top of the league considering we hadn’t had a game for about three or four weeks prior to that so getting a draw against the favourites at their place is a good result.”  

From facing the league leaders to the division’s basement side, Walsall Women travelled to Darlaston and Mia Fellows bagged a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory and Guest was pleased with how his team played overall.

“We had a lot more possession,” Guest said.

“Darlaston had a 5/10-minute spell where they looked dangerous but we defended well. It was a good display from the forwards and midfielders.

“We did have a makeshift back four that game but they all did well, they gritted in and got through to the end of the game with three points.”

Walsall Women are currently third in the West Midlands Regional Women’s Football League Division One table but a handful of teams below have games in hand.

The Saddlers have just one game remaining this term but they already have 12 more points than they achieved last season and Guest has been pleased with how far the team has come over the course of the campaign.  

“It’s been progressive from last season and we remind the players every game in the dressing room – remember where we were last season to where we are now,” he commented.

“It’s a great position going from eighth last season, losing a few games by high scores, to going into this season where we’ve scored in every game we’ve played in from the start of pre-season in July until now.

“We recruited a good striker in Mia who’s scored a few goals to help us across the line. The likes of Saanya (Najib), who has developed well and Ria coming in from Lye, they all make a difference and hopefully they can stay next season and we can push for promotion.”

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