Stylish Springs Continue to Impress
Our Premier Women's team continued their fine start to the season last weekend with a come-from-behind win over second placed Hamilton.
Head Coach Ryan Faithfull was suitably impressed with what he saw at both ends of the pitch.
6 points clear and, dare we say it, a little gap starting to open up. Another great team performance to come from behind to win. What did you say to the team in the changing rooms after?
Hamilton was a difficult team to play against in position. I was pleased with the teams collective desire to respond positively and showed composure after going 1-0 down inside the first 10’.
It seemed the biggest challenge was what team was Hamilton going to put it with some of their players away on futsal duty. Did this impact at all, especially as they got that early goal?
No, it doesn’t matter what Hamilton team you play, you always know you’re up against a strong side that will impose themselves on us and make the match difficult. This challenged us to find new ways to find our rhythm in the match.
Let's just pause and reflect on Emma's goal. Great skill and composure from Rina to pick her out and a lovely finish. Emma has been selected for the New Zealand U20 ID Camp this month and a lifelong Springs player. Can she make it all the way to the Football Ferns?
Emma is a talented youngster. She works tirelessly to improve her game and stays focused on the challenges that are directly in front of her - one step at a time. Emma has been recognised to represent New Zealand in the youth national teams and the Futsal Ferns camps.
Top scorers in the league and conceded the least- none from open play. Have you found a great balance with this team?
It’s been good to see so many different goal scorers, which shows we have players all over the pitch capable of threatening the goal and versatility in our attack. Additionally, our best performances have always been built on a solid defensive foundation.
Ellerslie up next and...an away game at last....they are bottom but all of their games have been close. What will your key messages be to the team this week?
As always, it’s important we recognise the areas of improvement from last week and look to manifest these aspects against our next opponent. Ellerslie is a tricky side, they are somewhat fluid in their defending approaches and look to exploit you quickly when they regain the ball. We need to understand when and where to risk the ball to nullify their strengths in the transition.
Ellerslie AFC v Western Springs AFC
Saturday 24th April
MICHAELS AVE RESERVE - KO 12:00pm