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Katie Scadding has been involved with AFC Bournemouth women’s side for no less than six years.

A big personality on and off the pitch, she continues to enjoy her football with the Cherries and is also a coach with the club’s Community Sports Trust.

Having started the season well, the goalkeeper admitted to afcb.co.uk how positive the past month has been for her and her teammates, who are currently top of the National League.

“It was a really good start for us,” Scadding began.

“We had a mix of players in the team, but we adapted very well. We played five games and got ten points, which puts us at the top of the table and it’s really positive for us.

“The new girls have also settled in very well and it’s great to have them in our team this year.

“Shannon Albuery came on and as a striker she did what strikers do best and scored those goals.

“The younger ones too, Jess Treweek and Lauren Kelly, were also a big asset. They stepped in and contributed to the victories and the results that we had.

“Again I have to mention Helen Bleazard at the back, she has been really solid. On and off the pitch she is a great addition to the squad.

Scadding went on to express her delight at the defensive effort within the team, with the goalkeeper keeping three clean sheets in her first five games.

However, she was quick to praise the team as a whole and says the team remained incredibly focused throughout each of their opening matches.

“I think it’s a merit for the whole team because we defended from the front.

“We had to stay strong and focus in defence, even against teams that are perhaps less of a challenge for us.

“It obviously starts with the front two and then we work defensively from there.

“On a personal note, keeping a clean sheet is what we like to see as goalkeepers, so I’m delighted to have kept three so far this season and hope there will be plenty. more to come.”

With a tough test ahead in the National League Cup against Oxford United, who currently have maximum points and are top of the league above, Scadding relishes the challenge before them.

“We are always excited for cup matches because we know there is always the possibility of facing tougher opponents from higher leagues,” she continued.

“That’s what we’re here to do and we like the challenge. I hope we put on a performance against Oxford and get a good result.

“It’s nice to play against different teams that aren’t in our league. We all know it will be a challenge against Oxford.

“They’re fighting for that promotion from the league above, so we know it’s going to be tough. We are working hard ourselves this week and preparing for the game. We can only do what we can on D-Day and we hope to give them a good game.

“We are also back at home so we will have the crowd who are like our 12th man. They support us at home and away, but obviously nothing better than being at home.

“We’ve also had some of the younger girls watching over the weekends so it’s good for them to be there and hopefully they can follow in our footsteps one day.”


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