Taylor Hinds hopes her debut cameo against Bristol City in the FA Cup last Sunday is the first of many appearances for Everton.
The versatile 18-year-old was introduced for Chloe Kelly for the final few minutes of a game in which the Toffees had come from a goal down to win 3-1 thanks to Olivia Chance’s brace and a Georgia Brougham header.
Hinds, who had been an unused substitute the week before against Chelsea, signed for the Blue Girls from Arsenal in the winter transfer window and is eager to build on her first outing in royal blue, starting with the visit of Reading to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.
“I am buzzing to have made by debut,” she said. “We have some hard games coming up so it is nice to get my first appearance under my belt.
“It wasn’t our best performance in the first half against Bristol, but in the second half we wanted it so much. We put in a lot of effort and the team worked incredibly hard to get the win in front of a great crowd.
“I am already looking forward to making my next appearance. You always want to be in the starting line-up. The Bristol game has given me a taste of what it is like to play for Everton and I am hungry for more.
“I have been working hard since I came here but I now need to push on and work even harder so I can break into that starting line-up because it is not just given to you, it doesn’t work like that.”
Having played Bristol at their former home at Marine in Crosby, the Toffees are back in the familiar surroundings of Widnes this weekend ahead of their WSL clash with the Royals.
The visitors sit three points ahead of Everton in sixth place in the league table but recently knocked the Blue Girls out of the Continental Cup at the quarter-final stage back in December.
Hinds was on the bench for Arsenal when the Gunners faced Reading in the subsequent semi-final and saw how strong they can be despite the Londoners edging a five-goal thriller. It’s a return to north London for Everton after this weekend, meaning the big games keep coming for Andy Spence’s side.
“It will be a tough fixture,” Hinds added. “They all are at this level but that is what you want. You want to test yourself against the top sides.
“We then play Arsenal the week after which will also be difficult but we as a team will all be putting in the effort for both these games.
“It will be strange to play Arsenal because I am friendly with all the girls there and get along with them all. But that is football. I am now an Everton player so I will be working hard to get the win.”
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