Spacey-Cale's trust in players

By SFC Media Fri 17 May Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle | Marieanne Spacey-Cale

Southampton FC Women head coach Marieanne Spacey-Cale is confident her players will rise to the occasion when they attempt to seal a league and cup double this Sunday.

Saints face Oxford City Ladies in the South West Region League Cup final, at AFC Totton's Testwood Community Stadium, as they aim for a second piece of silverware this season.

Spacey-Cale's side have already lifted the Premier Division title, with a perfect record of 18 wins from 18, and they are favourites to add to their trophy haul this weekend.

Their manager is not expecting a simple afternoon, however, but has full faith in her squad that they can prevail.

"We've had a good week training with the players," she said. "The excitement's there, and the nerves are starting to come forward as well a little bit.

"They've got to the League Cup final, they've done so well in the league, and now it's about one more step to really try and finish off this first season hopefully with a double.

"The pressure all through the season has been the league games and getting to the target we did, which was 18 wins out of 18. Now it's a one-off game, so it's slightly different pressure, but I've seen throughout the season how they thrive off that pressure and how they grow with it.

i think the girls will thrive on the pressure.

marieanne spacey-cale
southampton fc women head coach

"So I'm excited to see how they see it and how they challenge themselves on Sunday. I also know Oxford are going to be very difficult to beat, because we've played them twice and each time they have got better and done different things, so it will be tactically how do we set up, but most of all it's just exciting for the girls and I want them to embrace the excitement and enjoy it.

"They've got to work hard and they've got to earn it. I trust the players, I trust that they'll prepare right. We want to produce a really good performance.

"Tactically, Oxford caused us a couple of problems in both games we've played so far, and for them it's the excitement of a cup final as well. But I think the girls will thrive on the pressure."

Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 3pm BST on Sunday, are £3 for adults, £1 for children over 11, and free for those under 11.

Testwood Community Stadium is found on Salisbury Road, Totton, SO40 2RW.

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