Spacey-Cale: Let's finish the job

By SFC Media Sat 20 Apr Womens Team
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Marieanne Spacey-Cale

Having navigated through the entirety of their Southern Region Women's Football League Premier Division campaign so far without dropping a point, Southampton FC Women finally stand on the verge of claiming the title.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale's team have won 16 from 16, and head into their penultimate game on Sunday, at home to Barton Rovers, knowing a point or more will secure the trophy and promotion into Division One South West of the FA Women's National League.

Saints will host their opponents, who they beat 3-0 away from home earlier this month, at AFC Totton's Testwood Community Stadium, with kick-off at 2pm.

we'll be very focused. barton gave us a tough game last week.

marieanne spacey-cale
southampton fc women head coach

While Spacey-Cale's side will be big favourites to win, their head coach will certainly not let them show any complacency.

"It's great looking at the table at this point of the season and now we're at the top," she said.

"We need one more point and we've got two games left, and certainly Barton on Sunday we want to go out and get the three points, and maintain our unbeaten run.

"But the most important thing is we get a good performance and the players continue with their development at this part of the season, because it's easy to look at what we've done and not think of what we can still do.

"So we'll be very focused and looking for three points, but Barton gave us a tough game last week, so we're not under any illusions that they're just going to turn up and let us play our game."

It is testament to the form of title rivals AFC Bournemouth CST – whose only dropped points have come in their two defeats to Saints – that Spacey-Cale's side have not already been crowned champions.

"It's been cat and mouse, especially the last part of the season, and that's credit to Bournemouth because in their heads we could drop points, so they've got to continue their form," said Spacey-Cale.

"They've got one game left, we've got two games left, so it's definitely in our hands now, but we know if we do slip Bournemouth are there, so we have to be professional and we have to be very focused, because we know they are on our tails.

"It's made it really exciting, because Oxford were in the mix for a long time as well. Having three challenge at the top for the neutral is exciting to see and follow. For the clubs involved in it, you're always checking each other's scores, but the reality is on Sunday we've got it in our hands and it's up to us to do our job."

Totton's Testwood Community Stadium can be found on Salisbury Road, Totton, SO40 2RW. Entry is £2 for adults, and free for concessions and Season Ticket holders on production of their Season Ticket cards. 

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