Claudia Walker has vowed there’s much more to come from Everton Ladies.
The Blue Girls prepared for the start of the WSL season in September by clinching the Spring Series title on Saturday after a resounding 4-0 victory at London Bees.
Walker came off the bench in north London to score twice – first from the penalty spot, before ending the campaign in style with a thunderous 25-yard strike in injury-time.
The forward believes that showed the strength in depth in the Toffees squad. And after finishing the WSL 2 Spring Series with a record of seven wins and one draw from nine matches, she insists the Ladies’ youthful squad will only improve as they bid to make the top division.
“Everyone’s been on a high since Saturday but we're also taking into consideration that we know we can be better than what we’ve shown,” said Walker. “So if we can win, and that’s not us at 100 per cent, that gives us great confidence going into the proper season.
“There’s a lot of quality in the team and it will only get stronger and stronger from now. As a squad now we’re strong enough to compete and we showed that in the cup game against Liverpool (a 2-1 extra-time loss to the WSL1 side in March).
“We took them to extra-time, we had chances ourselves and if people look at that game, we showed we can compete because Liverpool are one of the higher teams in WSL1 so it shows how strong we are.
“It shows how much more we’ve got to come as players and as a young team it shows how much time we’ve got together.”
With forward Aileen Whelan given her first start since joining the Blue Girls from Notts County last month, Walker was named on the bench against London Bees, but was happy to send a reminder of her talent with a second-half double.
“You’ve just got to take that opportunity when you’re on to showcase yourself and put yourself forward so that you are regularly starting games,” she added.
“My last goal was a great way to end the league – that was the main thing. Their keeper pulled off some really good saves. It could have been a good seven or eight.”