Hard work should start reaping rewards

Midfielder Lindsey Morgan hopes the West Ham Ladies’ hard work on the training pitch will see them climb up the table once they return to FA Women’s Premier League South action later this month.

Midfielder Lindsey Morgan hopes the West Ham Ladies’ hard work on the training pitch will see them climb up the table once they return to FA Women’s Premier League South action later this month. The Hammers haven’t played a league game since they beat Chesham United 3-1 on December 8 because of the wet weather conditions so far this winter but are scheduled to play away at Lewes on February 23

The Ladies currently sit fourth from bottom having picked up 12 points from their opening 12 games and Lindsey believes the prolonged winter break has been a positive. “I think to a certain extent having a break from games has worked in our favour,” the 33 year old said. “It has enabled us to regroup and given us the opportunity to work together as a squad to improve in some areas

I can’t really see any issues arising as a result of the backlog of games. It will obviously prolong our season but for me this will only become an issue if we suffer any injuries because we don’t have the biggest squad this season in comparison to previous years.” Lindsey rejoined West Ham United in 2011 from Millwall Lionesses and has impressed so far this season with one player of the match award and a goal in 12 appearances.

My hope moving forward is that we put in some good solid team performances and pick up some momentum,” she continued. “It is important that we pull together and work for each other and hopefully the results will start to reflect the hard work we are putting in on the training pitch. “As a senior player I look forward to continuing to nurture the young talent at the club and will pass on my experience to the other players in the squad whenever possible.”

The midfielder had planned to hang up her boots at the end of the 2011/12 campaign but admits she now has no plans to retire. “I have spoken previously about retirement but while I’m fit and injury free hanging up my boots couldn’t be further from my mind,” she said. As for the departures of fellow senior players, forward Becky Merritt and goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne, she added: “It is the nature of football that there will be a natural turnover of players at the club.

“However, that being said it is always disappointing to lose experienced players. “On a positive note we have a lot of good young talent at the club and perhaps this will give them the opportunity that they need to break through into the first team.” West Ham Ladies are in County Cup action on Sunday away at Colchester Town. They are next playing at home on Sunday, March 9 against Brighton & Hove Albion. The game kicks off at 2pm. The Ladies play their home games at Thurrock FC, Ship Lane, Grays, Essex, RM19 1YN.

“However, that being said it is always disappointing to lose experienced players. “On a positive note we have a lot of good young talent at the club and perhaps this will give them the opportunity that they need to break through into the first team.” West Ham Ladies are in County Cup action on Sunday away at Colchester Town. They are next playing at home on Sunday, March 9 against Brighton & Hove Albion. The game kicks off at 2pm. The Ladies play their home games at Thurrock FC, Ship Lane, Grays, Essex, RM19 1YN.

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