West Ham Women: We’re on course for another year battling the best in the country

With our Women’s Super League status almost confirmed, we can look ahead to kicking on next season

General view at the West Ham United v Manchester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th September, 2023.

After some huge wins against Arsenal and Bristol City and a brilliant home draw against Manchester United, we are six points clear of the drop and a far better goal difference to the bottom placed side. Since our new signings have joined, they have helped transform our team, they are a huge reason why we had another good month in March.

But we have now lost Kristie Mewis and Katrina Gorry who are crucial in our midfield. There is a high chance Mewis will make a return before the end of the season, but there is a lot on uncertainty around Gorry. Her injury came in the first half of our last game against Chelsea and nothing has been said yet but it didn’t look good as she left the ground in a protective boot.

An ongoing improvement, which has yet again shone through this month, is our defensive discipline. Against one of the top sides, Manchester United, and a team we conceded five to in the last time out we only conceded the one and we managed to get a draw because of it.

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Also against Arsenal who were second at the time, we also conceded one, and considering we conceded very early on, our old selves would have probably conceded three or four more, but in this case we scored two and went on to win. These are the types of results that have helped us push away from the bottom side. We need to carry this on going into the next season and I believe with a few more recruits and if our attack is still firing, we can really push on in the league and cups next year.

We now are in an international break where eight of our players will be in action and if we haven’t already solidified WSL football next season, we need to make sure we do not get any injuries over the international break. The first game back will be against Manchester City which will not be easy as they are aiming to pick up the WSL trophy this season after eight years without it.

Then we go onto Aston Villa away which will also be tricky as they are another side that has started to really push on in the second half of the season. It does help that the team that are bottom of the league, Bristol City, play both Liverpool and Manchester City, so fingers crossed they go on to lose both of them games and we can carry on winning to confirm our WSL league status for next year.

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