Spence: Let's Carry Villa Form Forward

Everton Ladies boss Andy Spence has called for his side to keep their momentum going when they take on Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

The Blue Girls head to the Keepmoat Stadium off the back of a 3-0 Spring Series win over Aston Villa, a performance Spence called their best of the season so far.

And he wants his players to carry that form into a difficult fixture against a side relegated from WSL 1 last season.

“Doncaster are a couple of games behind in terms of the amount they have played but from our point of view we see them as strong opposition,” he said. “They have already done well, picking up two wins and a draw.

“They came down from WSL 1 last season but they are in a good position in terms of retaining players. They are talented players, too; we know it is a tough division up there.

“They will certainly be a team that will present a number of challenges. But going off the way training is going, and building off the confidence of the win over Aston Villa, I see a group of players at Everton who are excited to build on the good work they have already put in.”

Spence trialled a different formation in the win over Villa, with Megan Finnigan dropping to join Gabby George and Georgia Brougham as a defensive back three.

The Toffees manager recognises the need for various options at his disposal and has been pleased with the way his side have taken to understanding the change of systems.

“You want to constantly evolve,” he added. “That is part of the challenge for the players, seeing how they adapt to new things. Different systems give us more options and it helps the players develop if you can challenge them in different ways.

“It now gives us a number of ways of working. We can change things within games as well, because we have good players who can adapt. That is another string to our bow and one that will give us a lot of confidence in the work that we do and the quality that we have.”

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