The West Ham Ladies have endured another difficult start to their season and ended September one place above bottom side Queen’s Park Rangers. The only positive that the side could take from last month was the hardfought scoreless draw against C&K Basildon on Wednesday 14 September.
But they came back down to earth with a bump the following Sunday when Crystal Palace Ladies comfortably beat them at Ship Lane 4-0. Manager James Marrs was left disappointed after the defeat following the midweek draw with C&K Basildon. He said: ‘On reflection, we were not good enough and didn’t match their work rate or intensity. We were tired and were probably feeling sorry for ourselves.
We have had a tough week regarding games and training. It’s very disappointing on the back of two better performances defensively to put on a show like that, so there are no excuses from us.
‘We simply weren’t good enough, but we will continue to improve and I am learning a lot about the players each week.’ A 7-2 defeat away at Lewes had not been the start to the season Marrs would have been looking for. This was, however, followed the week after by a 3-1 defeat away at Portsmouth with their only other league game ending in a defeat away at Coventry United Ladies.
The less said about their 10-0 hammering in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup at home to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies the better. But the Ladies might see themselves in a similar position come the end of October with a tricky run of games coming up. They will face high-flying Charlton Athletic Womens home and away as well as a home game against Coventry United Ladies who currently sit in fourth.
Away trips to C & K Basildon Ladies and Cardiff City Ladies offer Marrs’ side an opportunity to get some points on the board but both will prove tough tests.
A scheduled cup game against Crystal Palace Ladies will off er some escape from League action but aft er conceding four goals without reply in the league last month, it’s not going to be plain sailing for the Hammers. Th e Ladies will, however, be hoping to end a torrid run of no win in league since their 1-0 victory over Spurs at Upton Park.
To date, that has been their only league win in 2016 and you need to go back to just before Christmas 2015 to see another league win – a 4-2 victory over Plymouth Argyle.Ladies who went onto finish bottom. In last month’s Blowing Bubbles, James Marrs highlighted there will be challenges ahead and admitted it would be a ‘tough job’ to get the Ladies up near the top of the table.
He knows this league isn’t a forgiving one and mistakes are punished quickly but having guided Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies to the title last season, he knows what it takes to get to the top.