The West Ham Ladies have had a fantastic start to 2013, comfortably beating London Corinthians away in the cup and Gillingham away in league.
The Ladies return to cup action this weekend at home to Witham Town where they hope to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games. Speaking exclusively to Blowing Bubbles, centre back Danica Revell has been delighted with how the side has started the year after a frustrating end to 2012 where the Ladies endured a run of cancelled games because of the weather. She has also been pleased to see the Ladies’ new signings get the chance to show what they can offer the team.
Reflecting on the Ladies season, she said: “We have had games where we haven’t played up to the high standards we know we are capable of but most of the time we’ve done really well this season. We’ve got great team spirit.” The return of striker Kelley Blanchflower has also pleased the centre half. Kelley broke her collarbone during the Ladies’ 2-0 win at QPR in September. “Kel has been training really hard and was doing really well in training before she got back in the team,” Danica continued. “I’m delighted to see her come back. It’s a huge boost for us because we will need her scoring goals to help with our push for promotion.”
She added: “We’re still very much in the fight for promotion and hopefully, fingers crossed, we will get it. If we keep putting in the hard effort and not let it slip, then we will be pushing for promotion right till the end of the season.” Danica’s partnership with captain Rosey Sullivan has been the subject of huge praise from her teammates as have their individual performances.
“I have a great partnership with Rosey,” Danica said. “We’ve played together for a couple of years now and we also went to the academy at Leyton Orient. “We know each other’s game, inside out and play the same way. We also get along really well, which I think has been key to some of our performances this season.” Since joining the Hammers back in the summer of 2010, Danica feels her time with the club has been the best period of her career so far, highlighted by being named West Ham United Ladies ‘Young Player of the Year’ last season.
She concluded: “I feel that I am developing towards my full potential and have found my place within the team. “I am thoroughly enjoying being part of the West Ham team. We all get on very well and although we train extremely hard, we also have a lot of laughs throughout training.”