While it’s still too early to get carried away, going into the mid-season break top of the league is definitely exciting for fans of Yeovil Town Ladies. Back-to-back wins at Huish Park against fellow title contenders Bristol City Women and then Aston Villa Ladies secured their place as WSL2 leaders.
Here’s a few reasons why we think the Glovers have been successful so far this campaign, and why they will be fancying their chances when the season resumes.
1) They are in great form
Despite losing on the opening day of the season to Bristol City Women, Yeovil have since gone six matches unbeaten, winning five of those games. Their biggest victory came against Millwall Lionesses, where the Glovers scored four goals with no reply at The Den, and they also found the back of the net four times in a home victory over Aston Villa.
However, the highlight of the season so far will probably be beating promotion rivals Bristol City at Huish Park, simultaneously gaining revenge for the opening day defeat and ending the Vixens’ unbeaten run.
2) They have possibly the best striker in the WSL2
Sarah Wiltshire has been terrorising defences in the WSL2 for Yeovil ever since she first joined in 2014, before signing for Manchester City Women. When she returned for a second spell with the Glovers a year later, manager Jamie Sherwood must have known he had secured an integral player.
So far this season, Wiltshire has scored an impressive eight goals in nine games in all competitions, and showed her quality by netting three of the four goals against Aston Villa.
3) They have possibly the best manager in the WSL2
Jamie Sherwood has proved to be a popular figure at Yeovil Town Ladies with fans and players ever since he was appointed as Sarah Lawler’s successor. The passion and positive attitude that he brings to the club is invaluable.
He also has a knack of getting the best out of his players and knowing exactly which tactics to use to get the better of the Glovers’ opponents. This was proved in that game against Villa, when a stern half-time team talk and minor tweaks resulted in a fantastic comeback win.
4) They have plenty of character
While that game showed Jamie Sherwood’s managerial ability, it also showcased the fantastic amount of character that Yeovil Town Ladies have.
You need to be mentally strong to compete in the WSL2 because every squad competing seems to have a great team spirit, but Somerset’s number 1 women’s team have proved often enough that they have the belief to go all the way.
5) They have great backing from the fans
Since moving from Sherborne Town’s Raleigh Grove to Huish Park, attendances for Yeovil Town Ladies games have been rising. In fact, this season their all time attendance record was smashed when 831 people walked through the gate to watch them take on Millwall Lionesses.
Those fans have often been praised for creating large amounts of noise and colour, and they were encouraged further when they were given clappers for the midweek game against Bristol City Women.
So, yes, we are getting carried away, but why not? After all, Yeovil Town Ladies ARE top of the WSL2 and deserve to be there! We hope they enjoy their break and pick up where they left off against Durham Women on the 26th of June.