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Wolves came within one place of reaching the National Division last season but, after the departures of key players Emily Westwood and Amy McCann to Everton, have found things a little tougher at the start of this campaign.
England under-19 striker Becky Hall and her twin sister Natalie, who plays in goal, have been regular members of the Wolves side and both are still confident that they can be among the challengers again this time around.
"We're struggling to score at the moment," Becky admitted to Women's Soccer Scene following their 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool. "Losing Amy McCann to Everton was a big blow for us but we just need to get the first goal of the season and we'll be alright after that. We've brought in Beth Bailey now to replace Woody (Emily Westwood) in the middle and she will be a big player this year.
"Realistically, if we aim for second place we can get there. I think that Blackburn, Liverpool and ourselves will be the three teams there at the end of the season, and Stockport will take points off teams on their pitch as it is a difficult surface to play on. Hopefully, teams will take points off each other and we'll slip in there without people knowing."
Liverpool scored both goals late on in the game, the first from the rebound after Natalie had made an outstanding save. "It was unfortunate - it happens though it's a bit annoying," she admitted. "But we only had one point after the first two games last season and we still did well. Hopefully some teams will take points off Liverpool, because they will be one of the best teams in the league."
Whilst Wolves boasted a strong attacking line up last season, Natalie was a key but unsung member of the team and only conceded 14 league goals. "We kept 11 clean sheets last season and I'm very pleased with that," she smiles. "You don't always get the plaudits for that but you've got to keep them out, and we do. I have a strong and reliable defence in front of me and Hayley (Everiss) is quality every game, but doesn't get any credit at all."
This is one of the reasons why Natalie remains optimistic of her team's chances: "We've got a good enough squad, we just need to get some goals. The spirit within the squad is still high."
The game dealt a double blow for Becky as she suffered an injury late on which forced her to miss the latter stages and left the ground on crutches, on her way to joining up for an England under-19 training camp. "I felt a 'pop' at the top of my calf but hopefully it's not bad and I'll be back next Sunday," she says. "I'll go with England and see what they say - if they send me home so be it, but hopefully not."
Becky is aiming to be a member of the Under-19 squad when they begin their UEFA Under-19 Championship campaign next month, after narrowly missing out on a place for this summer's Finals in Hungary. "I was gutted when I opened my letter and I wasn't in the eighteen," she admits. "But fair play to the girls that were picked - maybe they haven't done as well as they liked but I am sure they did their best.
"Hopefully we will get through the group this time and we'll see what happens after that."
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