YEOVIL HAVE TO DIG DEEP TO KEEP UP STRIKE RATE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Chris Bai­ley

NO MAT­TER how many strik­ers Yeovil lose, their goalscor­ing touch never seems to go miss­ing.

Now, He­len Bleazard be­lieves her side can cash in on a mo­men­tous week­end in FA Women’s Su­per League 2.

Two pro­mo­tion spots are up for grabs and four teams are mak­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally strong case with just three rounds to go be­fore this week­end.

Top side Yeovil were level on points with Bris­tol City, but Ever­ton and Durham, who both have one game in hand, are knock­ing very firmly on the door.

And the fix­ture list has thrown up a po­ten­tially sea­son-defin­ing 24 hours as Yeovil en­ter­tain Ever­ton to­day af­ter Durham trav­elled to Bris­tol yes­ter­day.

The Lady Glovers hit a speed bump in a 3-2 de­feat to Lon­don Bees last time out.

But, af­ter los­ing to Ever­ton ear­lier in the sea­son, Bleazard in­sists her side are dou­bly mo­ti­vated to re­turn to form at Huish Park.

“We didn’t per­form against Lon­don Bees, but we’ve had some re­ally good ses­sions this week. We have done all we can to make sure we bounce back from it. We know we’ve got to put things right,” said the mid­fielder. “We lost to Ever­ton, too, and along­side the Lon­don Bees game they have been our two worst per­for­mances.

“Credit to Ever­ton. They had a game­plan to counter us and we’ve got to re­spect them for that – they did their home­work.

“But we made mis­takes that cost us goals, so we look back at it as a learn­ing curve as we know what we can do when we are on our game.”

Yeovil’s cause has hardly been helped of late by a bizarre set of cir­cum­stances in which they have lost at­tack­ers to a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons other than in­jury.

Sarah Wilt­shire scored 12 goals in 14 games be­fore an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy, At­lanta Primus – daugh­ter of Portsmouth le­gend Lin­voy – ac­cepted a schol­ar­ship in Amer­ica and Natasha Knap­man, in search of game time, dual-signed for Plymouth Ar­gyle.

But, of boss Jamie Sher­wood’s emer­gency swoops, Lucy Quinn has im­me­di­ately taken to life in Yeovil. The for­mer Portsmouth striker has net­ted three times in her last two games.

Bleazard says there’s never any lack of a con­tin­gency plan with Sher­wood.

“I don’t think you will find many teams can say they have lost three for­wards in one sea­son, mean­ing we have had to re­cruit again,” added 26year-old Bleazard.

“But Lucy has come in and hit the ground run­ning and there’s no rea­son why she can’t con­tinue that against Ever­ton.

“Tasha’s been in and around the squad, but we haven’t seen her all the time as we’re shar­ing her, and At­lanta was a big loss as she started the sea­son well be­fore get­ting the schol­ar­ship.

“But Jamie and the board are al­ways keen on bring­ing the right peo­ple in. It’s not just about sign­ing any striker – we need the right play­ers to fit. At­lanta was the right fit and it was un­for­tu­nate she left. Lucy has

also gelled quickly.”

LEARN­ING CURVE: He­len Bleazard says Yeovil must learn from their ear­lier de­feat at the hands of Ever­ton

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