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Wigan Ladies are hoping that a good result against Liverpool Feds in the F.A.Women's Cup Second Round Qualifying this Sunday can kick start their season.
Last season, Wigan went close to winning the North West League title but have not started as well as anticipated this time around. Wigan defender Jayne Jackson told Women's Soccer Scene that she is expecting a close game against a side they met in the league last week.
"I think everyone will be up for Sunday's game after they beat us last week," says Jayne. "Our games with Liverpool Feds are always very physical and close, so we will just have to see what happens.
"It is a game that could go either way, I think it just depends who wants it the most."
Jayne admits that the season so far has not gone as well as planned. "We are all very disappointed with the start we have made to the season," she says. "We had a great season last year - we finished as runners-up in the league and reached the semi finals of two cups. However this year we have just not played to the level that we all know we can.
"We have lost a couple of key players to other clubs and it seems to have affected us when it shouldn't have done, because we still have a squad of very good players.
"We haven't had a regular goalkeeper so other players have had to go in goal, which has definitely hindered us."
Jayne, who has played in the Premier League for Garswood Saints, is convinced that the Cup can play a very important part in their season. "A cup run would be great for us," she admits. "I think it would encourage everyone and help to lift spirits."
It has been a busy summer for Jayne as she was married recently and she works for the Football in the Community department for Bolton Wanderers - who were beaten in the last round by Liverpool Feds. "I don't really have anything to do with the Bolton women's team so I didn't mind who we were drawn against," she says. "It would have been nice to play someone from a different league. We all went away to Penrith for the weekend for the last round, which was good.
"I am the women's and girls football development officer (at Bolton) which means I try to create more opportunities locally for girls to take part in football. We run after school and holiday courses for girls as well as development centres and various tournaments. We work with young girls from the age of four right up to local ladies teams that need help with coaching."
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