Clinching the Spring Series 2 title will give us the belief we can be winners.
That’s the view of Everton Ladies boss Andy Spence ahead of his side’s season finale at London Bees on Saturday (4pm kick-off).
The Blue Girls need only a point in the capital to be guaranteed of winning the league. And although it is a one-off competition to bridge the gap ahead of the full WSL2 campaign starting in September, Spence has no doubt about the impact winning silverware will have for his squad in their bid for the top flight of the national women’s game.
“It would be a real shot in the arm in terms of confidence,” he said. “We’ve got a young group in the main and it can make them believe. These players now know they can be winners. We’ve still got a big job to do to make sure we finish the season well and make sure we confirm the number-one status.
“The players think, ‘You know what, not only can we perform at this level, we are getting really close to the next level’.
“I genuinely feel that if this team had to go and play WSL1 football now that we’d compete. You looked at the Spring Series as a) an opportunity to look at your squad, b) add to the squad, c) look at the players in our development pool who we can maybe give opportunities to and d) win games of football. All of them take priority. The fact we’ve been able to do all those things has been great for us.
“We’ve got better as the games have gone on and it sets a benchmark ahead of the full season starting in September.”
Midfielder Lauren Davies is expected to be the only absentee for the trip to London after picking up an ankle knock.
It means Spence will once again have a welcome selection poser as to who will make his starting XI.
“It’s the perfect scenario,” he added. “I say to the girls that 11 players are probably going to like me each week, and seven or eight won’t, but as long as you like your teammates and respect the fact that everyone wants to play, that’s fine with me. It’s a competitive squad and one that will improve again which is exciting.
“We’ve found a really good identity. It’s something we’ve had but enough of in terms of knowing what we are strong at. We’ve shown everyone what we’re about. We want to finish that off in London and then come back and be even better for the new season.”