West Ham Ladies forward Emma Sherwood says the Hammers are enjoying their tough run-in to the end of the season. The Ladies beat title contenders Cardiff City 2-1 at the start of the month and secured a hard-fought draw against in-form Charlton Athletic on April 7 and the 21-year-old believes the performances, attitude and passion shown in these games will help them in their upcoming games against Brighton, Portsmouth and Lewes.
The Hammers are also gearing up to play in a London FA Capital Women’s Cup Final against Charlton at Harrow Borough FC’s Earlsmead Stadium on Wednesday 6 May. Kick off 7.30pm.
‘I feel like we all, as a team, turned a corner in the Cardiff game and we showed that we can compete against the top teams in the league,’ the former Millwall Lionesses and Chelsea player said. ‘I’ve always believed we can compete against those at the top but walking off the pitch after the Cardiff game, I felt we proved we can. We could’ve scored a lot more in that game to be honest and we followed up that performance and result with a draw and another positive performance against a Charlton side who are doing really well at the moment. They’ve not lost a game in ages but we could’ve come away with all three points with all the chances we created.
There is a belief in the squad at the moment that we can beat anyone in the league and I think if we can carry this momentum into next season, we will be up there competing at the top next season for sure.’ The forward is enjoying a decent goal scoring run of late – notching up six goals in the Ladies nine games before their 0-0 draw against Charlton – and is hoping her form in front of goal continues for the remainder of the season.
‘The only reason I didn’t score against Charlton was because I played in centre midfield as we had quite a few injuries heading into that game,’ Sherwood continued. ‘My aim at the start of the season was to be our top goal scorer and I’m not too far off that but missing seven games in the middle of the season hasn’t helped.
‘I’ve not focused too much on the scoring run I’ve been on, I’ve just taken each game as it comes but scoring goals always builds confidence and I believe that if I’m playing up front, I’ll score goals – hopefully I’ll score the winner in the cup final against Charlton. ‘That’s the game we’re all playing for now – it’ll be our most important game of the season and everyone wants to make sure they are in that starting XI. It’ll be a great way for us to end the season, it’s going to be a great game and I know there will be a lot of supporters there to cheer us on.’
She added: ‘I’ve really enjoyed my first season at West Ham. It’s been quite up and down this season with different things going on but we’ve enjoyed more highs than lows, which is a positive. ‘Things are definitely looking up for us as a club. We’ve got a brilliant manager and with the squad we’ve got at the moment, I honestly think we are making good progress.’