BURTON Albion Ladies are in confident mood ahead of their re-arranged tie with Lye Town in the First Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.
The tie was postponed last Sunday due to a waterlogged pitch so the Brewers ladies now travel to Lye this Sunday instead.
Brewers player Ella Spears has insisted that she believes they will win the tie due to a new found confidence amongst the squad.
Spears said: “We’re now looking forward with the new management and it’s looking really good. Goals-wise we are actually scoring, which is a difference. And defensive-wise we are working a lot better as a team, so I think we are going to win.”
In their last fixture, Burton Albion Ladies suffered a 6-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion Women in the FA Women’s National League Plate. But instead of deflating the side, the defeat appears to have galvanised them.
Ella Doocey has expressed how well the side is playing, and she hopes that, with Lye being a division below, that Burton can begin to play their style of football.
Doocey said: “We had a great performance as a team last week, and we all felt that we played quite well. With the team (Lye) being a lower level than us, it gives us a chance to try and play our football.”
This will be James Billings’ third game in charge of the side on Sunday, and there’s hope that he can secure a first victory having given the players a confidence boost since taking over.
Coach Ben Webster explained the impact Billings has made on the girls since taking over the club.
Webster said: “The girls have really taken to James since he has come in. I think the ideas he’s trying to put across have been really good and promising. The girls have now got a little bit more structure to their play.
“He wants us to play good and pleasing football, but ultimately, we all know we’ve got to stop conceding goals and that’s what he has been able to address as soon as he has come in.”
Spears continued to praise the new manager, and thinks that the confidence levels of the players have risen since Billings came in.
She said: “From the coach’s view as well, they seem a lot more involved. It seems like they want to help us more, and they have more positives to take from games, they have given the players self-confidence.”
The Brewers will be hoping that they can come out of Sunday’s fixture, ready to find out who they’ll face in the Second Round.