Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, as part of the build-up to the FAWSL1 home match against Bristol City Women that is being played at the Viridor Stadium, Taunton.
CC: At the moment at the start of this, you've had defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea. Yes, that may sound tough, but given the quality of those clubs, you knew it was going to be a tough start.
JS: We knew this season was going to be tough, regardless of whether we're playing a top team like Chelsea or Liverpool, or whether we're playing a team like Bristol who we're playing this evening. So every game is going to be tough, but it's a challenge that we want to face, and it's a challenge that this club has progressed to achieve. So we're looking forward to the fixtures. As you say with the previous two defeats both of them have been League champions in the past. So there's a big difference in the clubs that we've been playing, and tonight gives us a real chance to show that we've got our bouncebackability and that we can go out and give Bristol a good game.
CC: They are your local rivals. They must also be one of the clubs that you are looking realistically at taking a few points off.
JS: We've spoken to the players and we've spoken to the staff and the club understand what we're out to achieve this year. We have to win our league. This league is split into three different tiers. We've got the top four, we've got a middle section and we've got a bottom section. The bottom section are the league that we are competing in and the league we must win. That's what we're set out to do tonight, and we'll put on a good show and put on a good performance, and if we show the characteristics that we've shown in the last two games then tonight will be an interesting proposition.
CC: How is it now? Charlotte Haynes broke her hand against Chelsea. That's her out for the rest of the season. That is a blow, isn't it?
JS: That's always a blow, when you lose your keeper. Charlie, over the last two and a half years, has developed into one of the top goalkeepers in our league, and one of the top goalkeepers in FAWSL2 last year. She's one of the youngest goalkeepers in FAWSL1. So it's going to be a loss, but we'll be fully prepared for the fixture tonight, and we'll be ready to go.
CC: She must be gutted too.
JS: She is. She actually broke her hand in the 25th minute, and she played until the 75th. That shows the character of the young lady, and it shows the mental attitude that she's got to approach the game. She wanted to do the best she could do. Unfortunately she played with a broken hand, and did what she could. But she's now out for the rest of the season and we must make new plans and make sure that they come to fruition.
CC: You're at the Viridor Stadium tonight, home of Taunton Town. Is it going to be a bit strange to be away from Huish Park?
JS: I'm sure it will be. It's our first game away from Huish Park when we've been playing in Somerset. But this is what the Spring Series was about. It's about getting out into the community, engaging with new fans, motivating fans to come and watch our games, so that when we do return back to Huish Park, that following will come with us. At the Liverpool game, we had nearly 1,900 people in the ground. For a club our size to achieve figures like that is showing the growth. Tonight we want to make sure we have a rowdy crowd, a good atmosphere, and that will make for a new game.
CC: As you say this is a chance for people who have never seen the Ladies game before to get down there. People who have never been to Yeovil before, if they're closer to Taunton, then use the opportunity.
JS: Exactly, and that's why we're out on the road. We're out there to showcase it. Women's football is a good product, and it's a product that every football fan could enjoy, and we're hoping that the fans come out tonight and they create the atmosphere that's been created at Sherborne Town for us previously, and at Huish Park. So we're looking forward to it, and I know Taunton Town are looking forward to it as well.
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