Everton Women expert hails team spirit and bond with fans in rough season
We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.
Ahead of the first game for over three weeks Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane focused on what has made the season worth it through troubled times.
After a demoralising run of four heavy losses, the Toffees travelled to the league’s bottom side, but were only able to manage a goalless draw.
Although very little has come together this season, MacFarlane has still been delighted by both the commitment of the fans, and the effort of the players, resulting in a connection that has carried both through a struggle this year.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, he said: “Something which has been brilliant from a supporter’s point of view has been the dedication of he travelling fans.
“Chris Roberts and the players alike have been very vocal about their appreciation for the fans, especially during a trying time for the team.
“As a supporters club we have tried so hard this season to improve the atmosphere at our matches, especially now we are settled at Walton Hall Park.
“One of the biggest positives for us this season has been the attitude of the players who have never let their heads drop, and have carried on fighting for the shirt even during the most difficult of times.
“At Birmingham our supporters were once again loud and proud, in a game which Everton dominated and should’ve won.
“Izzy Christiansen nearly opened the scoring just before the break but her superb 30-yard effort was tipped over.
“The second half was all Everton, with Hanna Bennison who came on at half time was causing all kinds of problems for the Birmingham defence, but we just couldn’t find a break through.
“As the final whistle blew we could see how disappointed the players were, they had deserved the three points, but had to settle for just one.
“Nevertheless we could see the effort that the players put in, we can see how much it means to them, and we will continue to get behind the team until the last kick on the last day of the season.”
It’s been one of those years for various reasons but it is highly encouraging to see the commitment of the fans matched by the players.
If trophies are not on the cards then the support is who the team plays for, and amid endless set backs both sides of that relationship have pushed through.
The experiences of this year could even be a benefit in the future. If a strong pre-season can translate into renewed form next season, the bond between the team and the fans that has been forged in adversity will be able to then flourish.
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