BRISTOL ON THE UP, SAYS EARPS

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

BRISTOL Academy goal­keeper Mary Earps is ec­static with the re­cent form of her de­fence and be­lieves with three wins in their last four matches the side is on a high ahead of the sea­son run-in.

Rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Bristol cur­rently sit bot­tom of the WSL 1 ta­ble, but af­ter two wins in the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup and a league vic­tory over Notts County, they are claw­ing their way back to­wards the pack.

And Earps, 22, is con­vinced that those cup vic­to­ries over WSL 2 sides are price­less, es­pe­cially when clean sheets abound.

“Peo­ple can say they’d ex­pect us to come away with a win, but As­ton Villa and Yeovil are two of the bet­ter sides in WSL 2 and they were strong op­po­nents,” said Earps.

“We pre­pared prop­erly for those two games and per­formed prop­erly, so we came away with two con­vinc­ing wins and two clean sheets. That gave us a lot of con­fi­dence and we can build on that now.

“As a goal­keeper, par­tic­u­larly, you can’t put into words what a clean sheet means. My tar­get and the tar­get for the de­fence is a clean sheet in ev­ery game that we go into, so to have picked up three in four games is bril­liant.”

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