Everton Ladies FC
Sat 20 May 2017
Everton on brink of Spring Series title ahead of Bees clash
The Blues travel to take on London Bees knowing a point will be enough to secure silverware
Everton can finish their excellent FA WSL 2 Spring Series campaign in style on Saturday as they face London Bees knowing that just a point will see them lift the title.
The Blues have been the league’s stand-out team, and they face a Bees side comfortably in mid-table – with sixth likely to be their final position.
The Bees have won three wins of eight games and have scored 13 goals so far, but Everton have netted more than anyone else and will be confident of keeping the Bees at bay.
Everton sit three points clear at the top of the table, and barring a mammoth defeat they will lift the trophy.
Their goal difference is nine healthier than second-place Durham’s after a comfortable 4-0 win against Watford last time out.
Everton have really hit their straps since April, with convincing wins against Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford cementing their place at the summit.
But the Bees were at one point in position to challenge for the title, before a run of three consecutive defeats has put paid to that dream.
Goals are always a prominent feature in their games, but too often they have gone in at the wrong end of late – with Durham walking away 3-0 winners in their last match.
Everton may have won both of their clashes with the Bees last season, but they may not have fond memories of their final-day victory in November.
Gabrielle George fired in a dramatic winner late on in a thrilling 4-3 win, as they came from 3-1 down to stun the Bees.
But Everton had dreams of celebrating promotion that day, and instead had to settle for a third-placed finish behind a jubilant Yeovil Town and Bristol City.
Everton also won their other clash with the Bees last season, 5-1 back in May.
ONE TO WATCH – Simone Magill Everton
Magill has enjoyed a fine Spring Series campaign, with five goals from six games playing a huge role in the Blues’ success.
The Northern Ireland star has been at Everton for four years and is continually improving, and the Bees will have to be on their guard to prevent her running riot again.
Everton are playing an exciting brand of football and Magill is at its heart, with her deadly finishing, high work-rate and eye for a pass contributing hugely to their Spring Series success,
WHAT THEY SAID
Olivia Chance, Everton midfielder:
“You always want to win things and I think it’s a good environment right now with the girls.
“We all get on, no matter if you’re on the bench or if you’re playing. I think that’s nice that, no matter what, as a team, together we all take it together.
“I think we have a good team environment and we’re excited to hopefully clinch it.
“We’re confident, but being confident can sometimes work two ways. You need to control that in the team and our captain [Kelly Jones] is good at that.
“We need to stay together and not be overly confident because that’s when you can start to get away from the game and get losses.”
Ashleigh Goddard, London Bees midfielder
“We know Everton are a strong side but as you have seen from some results in this league, anyone can beat anyone in this league.
“Everton is a whole new game. We have a little break and we will work on all the things we need to, be positive and do the best we can.
“There have been a lot of players come and go. The main thing is changing the mentality and that is the hardest thing to change.
“So I am very proud of the team. Everyone has been positive and we changed our mindset. Even this, where we are extremely disappointed, we learn, we train and hopefully not make the same mistakes again.
“Hopefully we will put in a good performance against Everton and continue to build. Even when Everton is finished, we straight away turn to the main season.
“The main thing is being positive. We are not a team who are going to moan and make excuses.”
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