West Ham Ladies striker April Bowers has vowed to fire her side towards promotion this season.
The 18-year-old bagged the winner in the Ladies’ league game against Tottenham Hotspur which was also her first game back from an ankle injury. And with her fitness picking up all the time, she has now set herself a goals target and hopes to make strides into that this weekend. She said: “I wouldn’t say I’m 100pc fit at the moment but I’m getting there and my ankle feels good so I can’t wait to play this Sunday.
“It was annoying to have been out so early in the season particularly as I felt my fitness was good and I was happy with how I was playing. “We’ve been playing a 4-3-3 system this season and I’ve been playing out wide, up top – like an old school winger – and I love it because I love scoring goals.
“I have set myself a target of getting at least 15 goals this season and help us really challenge for promotion.”
But she continued: “I wouldn’t say there is pressure on any one person to score all the goals and at the minute we are all chipping in with goals. “Bex [Merritt] has got a few goals already, as has Lindsay [Morgan], and although I love scoring, it is nice when one of the other girls scores too. “To be honest it doesn’t really matter where they are coming from, as long as the goals are going in and we are winning games that is all that matters.”
She added: “Bex [Merritt] has been one of the outstanding players so far this season. She is also always helping me and talking to me and trying to build my confidence.” This season is the second the striker has played with the first team having come through the juniors and reserve sides. She continued: “I love playing in the first team. I remember when I first started playing with the first team, I found it so fast but now I feel I have made the step up.
“It is a big step from the reserves to the first team but there are few girls who could come up and get into the squad and I hope they get their chance to.” Asked how she thinks the Ladies’ season is going, April replied: “I think the season is going well so far. “Losing out first game to Millwall was a bad start but we’ve picked ourselves up from that and we are all gelling well as a team and working hard in training.”
West Ham Ladies are next playing at home on Sunday, November 11 against Colchester United in the FA Womens’ Premier League Southern Division The game kicks off at 2pm. The Ladies play their home games at Thurrock FC, Ship Lane, Grays, Essex, RM19 1YN.