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Womens Football News Archive - 24th Aug 2003
Although only the second match of the season, the match between Bristol Rovers and Aston Villa was of great importance to both newly promoted sides as they seek to establish themselves in the top flight of women's football.
Rovers' young defender Louise Hutton gave one of the best performances in what proved to be a tense goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium. Both teams picked up their first point but Louise pointed out afterwards that her team wanted more: "We're a bit disappointed really, we were hoping to get three points after losing to Everton and hopefully progress up the league.
"To be honest our final pass was terrible, and I'm told we didn't have a shot on target all game. We need to keep it a bit more and pass it better than we've been doing."
Both teams appeared nervous at times during the game but Louise is quick to stress the need to adjust to the higher level. "I don't think it's nerves but it takes you a few games to get used to the tempo of the league. We've got to get used to playing as a team as we've got a lot of new players, but hopefully our next game will be a vast improvement."
Rovers now begin an extremely tough five-match run which includes games against the likes of Charlton and Fulham. But does this, in a strange way, take a little pressure off them? "There's always pressure on you in the National Division because a point's a point and you've got to get them to stay up! We've got five hard games now, but we've got to keep going and take each game as it comes."
Louise was put on standby for the England under-19 squad last season but injury restricted her appearances during the campaign. Like her team mates, she is having to settle in against top class opposition. "It's a different tempo and you've got to be more aware of where players are running and moving at this level. But I do have a good defender alongside me in Vinnie (Emma Jones), she's a good player.
"It's only two games played do we've got to stay confident and hopefully we'll do well."
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