Taylor Hinds admits the chance to face some of the best players in the country was a big reason why she joined Everton.
The full-back was up against Chelsea’s Eniola Aluko on Wednesday night, acquitting herself well against the decorated 102-capped England international forward despite Everton suffering a 1-0 defeat.
Having joined the Toffees from Arsenal in the winter transfer window, Hinds has started the past two games, playing at right-back in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland before switching flanks to face Aluko against Chelsea.
Both Hinds and the rest of the Ladies squad now face Reading in WSL 1 on Sunday, and the 18-year-old is relishing the opportunity of another big game against a side who have impressed this season with notable wins over Arsenal and Manchester City.
“Playing for Everton, I am so happy I moved here,” she told evertonfc.com. “I am loving it. Getting this experience - I couldn’t ask for anything more.
“When I was younger, I used to look up to the players like Eni Aluko and Fran Kirby so to play against them is weird but this is what I want to do and what I live for.
“Eni has always been a great player and I feel lucky to play against top players like her.
“We have had three big games in a week, with Arsenal in the FA Cup, Chelsea and now Reading. We are making sure our preparation is right, that we are recovering well, and hopefully we can get the three points on Sunday.
“They lost to Arsenal on Wednesday so will be out to make sure they bounce back against us. But we lost too and want to do return to winning ways ourselves, so it will be a good battle at the weekend.
“I thought we were dominant the last time we played against Reading [when Everton won 2-1] so if we can replicate that against them then I have faith we will get the win.”
The Toffees may be coming into the Reading game off the back of a defeat but they can take confidence from their performance against Chelsea at Marine on Wednesday night.
Not for the first time this season, a display of resiliency and character went unrewarded as Andy Spence’s side succumbed to Magdalena Eriksson’s first-half winner.
But the Blue Girls kept persevering up until the final whistle and came within a whisker of levelling late on when Angharad James struck the bar from 20 yards.
“I was celebrating!” added Hinds. “Then I saw it go out and had to focus again on the game but it was unfortunate for Haz that she hit the bar. We played really well, especially in the first half. We never gave up and we could have got something from the game late on.
“We have been playing well against the top teams like Arsenal last week and Chelsea. We have Reading at the weekend and if we can perform to the same level or even better, then we will be getting the three points that we need to move higher up the table.”