After the league success in an away win at HBW United Ladies, Grimsby Town Women enjoyed a week off from fixtures last week. But they return to action this week in Cup game at Appleby Froddingham. Ahead of the game we spoke to manager Dale Houlston and got his thoughts on the challenge ahead.
This is the second time you have played Appleby Frodingham Dale, what do you know about them.
"Yes we have played Appleby Frodingham at home this season and it was probably the best test that we have had so far. It was a fairly close game that we won 4-2 and it was 1-1 at half time. So I would expect another good game and we will have to be at our best to get the points. It's a group game in the Lincolnshire Women's League Cup. But I am confident that if we continue with how we played in the last game at HBW, then we should have enough about us to keep the 100% record going. But you know how these things can sometimes go against you when you are least expecting it, so I will be looking for our team to remain totally focused on the job in hand as we don't want and slip-ups".
You mentioned some improvements in the last performance Dale. In what areas are those improvements.
"Well, firstly I can't fault any of the effort and determination from the players so far this season. They have got a huge competitive spirit and a desire to win games and that is the minimum that we demand of them. But we have been looking to improve the way we play the game, particularly in possession; and we have been trying to establish an identity or a style of play if you like. I think we are starting to see this in our play now, where we are keeping the ball for longer periods of the game, passing it well and we are beginning to see some nice combinations in all areas of the pitch. That said we have also got some flair players that are comfortable on the ball and in 1v1's, and we see that as positive too. There is nothing more exciting is there than seeing a player with the confidence to take on and beat an opponent, but I just think we have started to make better decisions".
Are there any injury doubts ahead of the game?
"Not to my knowledge, it looks like we have a full complement of players. We did have a bit of scare in training on Thursday when Sophie Bartup slipped and jarred her knee, but she is okay and raring to go. We have to be a little bit careful on our training surface when it is wet, but the girls have also been working very hard in the gym too".
Is there a transfer window Dale for adding players and are you currently looking at bringing anyone in?
"Yes there is a transfer window, but it's fairly wide in our league. There a couple of players that have become available locally, players that have played in the league above us, and of course we are always interested in adding to our numbers if the right players come along. We have had a conversation with one of those players, but I don't envisage anything happening there in the short term though. I am confident that the squad we have is more than capable of achieving what we want this season, and so I am in no mad rush to be bringing anyone in at the moment".
Travelling supporters are welcome to follow the women's team this Sunday.
The kick-off time is 2pm at Brumby Hall Social Club, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe. Lincolnshire DN16 1AA