23 Jan We catch up with Bonnie, Emily and Ellie.
We have recently caught up with some Yeovil town ladies players!
First is midfielder Bonnie Horwood who joined the club in the summer from Millwall Lionesses. She has been an important part of the Glovers starting 11 but suffered a broken toe against West Ham Ladies back in September. The 31-year-old is glad to be back fighting fit and ready to help the Glovers climb up the table. Here, you can find out a bit more about her…
How are you finding being a full-time professional?
Yes really enjoying the chance to dedicate my time just to football without having to work alongside it. You can’t really beat getting the chance to play football every day for your job!
How has the move down to Somerset been?
Feeling settled now, it’s a little quieter compared to Essex but my housemates keep me entertained.
What has been your highlight at YTLFC so far?
An overall highlight I would say would be the progression of the team week by week, an obviously our first win.
How hard was it to sit out the few matches earlier in the season due to injury?
It was frustrating being injured with a broken toe as to start with I couldn’t even use the bike but that’s football and injuries happen.
Loudest I would say is Amber!
I think Amy has the most fines.
I’d probably say Annie, but only about how her body hurts…ha!
We then had a chat with Emily Syme.
She has been compared to Iniesta by the gaffer and has impressed for Yeovil Town Ladies since her return from injury. Having missed out on the early part of the season, Emily Syme has since shown how much talent she has with a late goal against Birmingham – and almost scoring an injury-time equaliser – as well as a sublime individual goal against Brighton in the Continental Cup. The finish received a lot of attention on social media and well-earned praise.
How have you found the first half of your first professional season?
I have really enjoyed playing professionally. It has presented lots of new challenges which is ultimately making me a better player. I look forward to what the rest of the season will hold for me and the team.
How did it feel to score your first WSL goal at Birmingham?
It felt amazing to score my first WSL goal! To be out with an injury towards the start of the season, and then come back and score my first goal was a really good feeling.
Is the goal at home to Brighton one of the best you have scored?
Yeah, probably one of the best! Hopefully many more goals to come this season…
Are you enjoying the challenge of WSL football?
The challenge of WSL football has definitely made me a better player. It has made me fitter and stronger and I get to play against top players which is always going to make me better.
How tough was it dealing with an injury earlier this season?
It was gutting to get injured, especially missing out on the England U19 Euro Qualifiers. In the long term, it has made me more resilient and motivated me to be even better than before injury.
Who is the…
Best trainer? Emily Donovan
Most skilful? Amber Gaylor
Your away day travel partner? Libby Piggott
Finally, we caught up with midfielder Ellie Mason. Mason scored her first goal for the club – and her first professional goal – against West Ham Women in the 2-1 defeat away from home, having signed this season from Millwall.
How are you finding the move to full-time football?
At first it was the case of my body getting used to it but I’m enjoying every bit of it, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do and to be able to train full time is a great feeling.
How did it feel to score your first goal of the season at West Ham?
It was a great feeling, it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet especially for it to be my first professional goal.
The team all seem very close despite having only played together for a short space of time, did you gel quite quickly?
We are a close team, I think each week we get stronger as a team on/off the pitch. When I came into the team the girls/coaches were very welcoming and everyone knew someone so I think that helped as well. The girls are a great bunch.
How are you doing in terms of the amount of fines this season?
I hardly get fined but I seem to get stitched up every week with item of the week!
Who is the loudest in the squad?
Amber for sure… she seems to speak her own language and sometimes you hear some of the girls speaking like her too (it catches on).
How excited are you to take on Everton?
Very excited. It will be a good and close game. There are definitely points for us to take away & I know us girls are up for the game!
What has been the toughest match so far?
Arsenal, how they play and what players they have, they were very hard to play against.
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