Forfar Farmington midfielder Lindsey Dunbar reckons confidence in the side is soaring with seven league games won in a row.
The phenomenal run has included twenty four goals, with five clean sheets, conceding just two; the latest a five nil hammering of Hutchison Vale.
The 17 year old has played a part in every game this season, starting all but one where she came on and has scored three times. Dunbar feels that after a poor first half of the season where they ended it in the relegation spots, there is no reason why they can’t go unbeaten in the second half, with four games remaining.
“I don’t think us going down to the bottom six of the table was a bad thing, I feel as if even though we had a rough start, our team have stuck together and we are progressing all the time.” she said. “It’s allowed us to get back into our own game and play our way of football, build our confidence back up and to get where we should be have been before the split, we were just unlucky at the start.”
”From where we were at the end of the first half we are a lot more confident now, not just as a team but individually as well. I think with the help of Nicky Murray and Damon Neish as well, we wouldn’t have achieved and progressed if it wasn’t for them, they helped keep us motivated and that’s exactly what we needed at the time.”
The energetic midfielder also believes that her own season has taken an upward turn of late, adding “At the start of the season I found it difficult, but so did the rest of the girls. It was tough coming away from games losing every week. However that isn’t the case anymore, I have gained a lot more knowledge about my role on and off the ball which was a major weakness for me; I wasn’t that confident but with the help of my team mates and my coaches I have gained more and more each week.”
”I think since the split my performance has been more positive at training and on the pitch; I feel as if I’m more confident on and off the ball, driving forward and even scoring. I also feel like I’m getting more involved in the game whether it is setting up plays or supporting my team mates and I hope it continues throughout the season and into next year.”
Dunbar hopes that she can force her way into the Scotland under 19’s plans after seeing team mate Amy Gallacher called up for squads earlier this month.
“As I said before, at the start of the season I didn’t think I would be where I am just now, my confidence was always a big issue for me on the park, but since then I have grown as a player and I would like to think it will continue.” she said. ”It has always been a target for myself to get picked for Scotland, however I haven’t achieved that yet; I’m hoping with the help of Nicky and Damon and my team mates I could reach that goal soon, but until then I will keep focussed on helping Farmington stay up in the league and improving until my standard of football ability is high enough to get noticed.”
After the win over Hutchison Vale at the beginning of the month, Damon Neish’s side don’t have another game in the league until they travel to meet Inverness City on September 27th. With this in mind, Neish gave the side a week off as well as scheduling a friendly away to St Andrews University this coming Sunday.
Dunbar says that despite the disruption to their run of games, she is glad of the short break they were given as it allows everyone to get back to full fitness ahead of the run in. She said “I definitely think that a short break was needed, our team has put in such a shift for weeks to get where we are, and that will continue with or without a break. It’s allowed all of us to get a recovery that we deserve, to rest ourselves properly and to prepare for the games coming. I’m positive that we will get back into our routine in no time and keep playing the way we have.”
The Inverness game is the first of their final four games where a win will set them up perfectly to clinch safety against closest relegation rivals Hearts on October 4th; a game that the club are asking for a large support from the town for. Midfielder Dunbar isn’t shy in believing that Forfar will stay up and also wishes for a chance to play top six sides like Hibernian and Glasgow City again to prove how well the side have come since the first half of the season.
She said “I am confident that we will stay up, we definitely have worked hard for it! It would be good to play everyone in the league again to show them how far we have come as a team and show them that we aren’t just a bottom six team and that we could compete with them as well.”