Interview with Forfar Farmington’s Holly Napier

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Midfielder Holly Napier says that she can’t wait to get the season underway on Sunday when Forfar Farmington travel to take on Hearts in Dalkeith.

The 20 year old vice captain also spoke of her delight at the return of Tori Sousa after their perfect chemistry on the field last year.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, Napier believes that the preparation from Mark Nisbet’s squad has gone fantastically for them, with everyone eager to get going.

“Preparation for this game has been very clear and we know exactly what it is we need to do this weekend. We have had a handful of games together and in each and every game we have played, there has been an improvement both individually and as a team.”

She continued: “We are all starting to work together and get used to each other’s way of playing. The bond this team has on and off the pitch is great and it’s starting to show in our performances leading up to the season starting.”

Forfar Farmington v Glasgow Girls - Pre-season friendly at Station Park

The side have been in top form throughout pre-season; scoring sixteen goals in three games while conceding just one. Holly feels that although pre-season has been difficult for everyone it has made the squad stronger and reckons they are more than prepared for the season ahead.

She said “Pre season has been tough for everyone however we all know that we are in a great place now because of it. Both technically and physically we are strong and I truly believe this will become an advantage for us this season. From the very beginning we know what it is we have set out to do and we will make sure that it is fulfilled.”

Napier rejoined Forfar in 2014 following a year in America with Martin Methodist Redhawks and after netting five goals while grabbing five assists, she hopes to improve on that in 2016. “On a personal level I would love to continue playing as much as I did last season. I would love to secure a starting position again and be able to maintain this throughout the whole season. A few more goals and assists wouldn’t be too bad either!”

Forfar Farmington v Glasgow Girls - Pre-season friendly at Station Park

Last week saw the return of Tori Sousa from America and after impressive performances alongside each other last season, Napier is pleased to see her back in a Forfar shirt.

“I’m delighted to have Tori back; we are both very similar players so I think that’s why you could say we link up well together. I always know where she is on the park so she’s someone that’s very easy to play alongside.”

“The whole team are starting to get used to each other and finding out exactly what each player is like individually in training and in our games. Each and every person in this team hold their own and we all have each other’s backs, that’s why we will all work so hard for each other this year. I’m excited for this season to start and show everyone that we are a team that people will not look forward to playing against.”

This Sunday’s game is at King’s Park in Dalkeith with a 2:00pm kick off. Admission is £3 for adults while children under the age of twelve can attend the game for free.

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Interview with Forfar Farmington midfielder Kirsty Deans

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Kirsty Deans has spoken of her delight to join a club that has as much talent as Forfar Farmington has and hopes she can make a big impression.

The 24 year old midfielder signed from Inverness City early last month and links up with fellow ex-City teammates Julia Scott and Megan McCarthy as the side aims to reach the top five of the new slimmed down Premier League.

Having spent her entire career at City prior to this season, Deans admits that at first she was a bit unsure about leaving the recently relegated side to join Forfar but once she had trained with Mark Nisbet’s squad it was an easy decision to make.

Deans said: “It feels brilliant to have joined Forfar this season. They have a phenomenal set up and there is an exciting group of hugely talented girls at Forfar; I hope that I can learn a lot from them and develop as a player.”

She continued: ”When the opportunity arose to sign for Forfar I was very surprised and a little unsure of the prospect, however once I had been down a couple of times I knew that it was a challenge that I wanted to accept. Although the standard is very high, all the girls were so welcoming and that made the decision a lot easier.“

Forfar Farmington v Glasgow Girls - Pre-season friendly at Station Park

The Inverness based midfielder also believes that fellow SWPL1 teams will be shocked at the talent in the young squad and reckons they can use this to their advantage with some quarters seemingly writing the team off as heading for relegation already. “With only 8 teams in the league this year we are under no illusion that every game is going to be tough. Having had such a successful preseason, however, I feel we are more than ready to go and challenge any team in the league. With a great mixture of experience and youth in the squad I think the other teams will be very surprised with the quality we will bring and we will be able to use our ‘underdog’ tag to our advantage.”

“I am very much looking forward to the upcoming season and I believe we will really state our intentions from the start. We have set ourselves the target of a top 5 finish and I believe as long as we keep the intensity up we will be able to achieve this target. I’m very much looking forward to developing at Forfar this season and I hope I can help contribute to a successful season for Forfar Farmington.”

The team begin their competitive season this weekend with a visit to Hearts in the League Cup and Deans feels that if they can replicate their impressive pre-season form they will see themselves through to the next round.

“Next weekend at Hearts will be an exciting prospect to kickstart the season. If we are able to replicate the type of performance we demonstrated in spells this weekend I think it will be a successful day in the capital.”

Interview with Forfar Farmington’s Julia Scott

Forfar Farmington v Hutchison Vale, pre-season friendly at Station Park, Forfar

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Midfielder Julia Ralph Scott says she is delighted to be back at Forfar Farmington after two years away from the club.

The 33 year old returned to Forfar at the beginning of the year after spending the previous two seasons at Glasgow City and Inverness City along with a period out of the game.

Scott reckons it was an easy decision to come back to Forfar due to the professionalism of the set up and knowing players like Nicola Davidson and Alana Bruce from her previous spell.

“It feels amazing to be back; as soon as Mark approached me I knew I wanted to play at a higher level again and this was a perfect opportunity to do so. I have been here before and it truly is a little family. The set up is very professional and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. It was circumstantial why I left before but it’s great to be back in blue and playing under Mark and see the girls again.”

She continued: “As I said Forfar Farmington are very professional in their manner of running a club which is great to be a part of. As soon as I knew Mark and his staff were back it was an easy decision. I’m getting on a bit and don’t have many years left in me so it is nice to be part of a professional set up for as long as possible in my career. I also know a lot of the girls so I didn’t have the nervousness of a newbie either.”

Forfar Farmington v Hutchison Vale, pre-season friendly at Station Park, Forfar

She also reckons that the current crop of youngsters in the squad have improved massively since her previous spell, saying “Forfar have always had a talented bunch of girls and some of them I trained with before were in the development squad and they have now stepped up to the Premier League side and they have come on quite a lot as players.”

Scott travels down from Inverness every week with fellow northern pair Megan McCarthy and Kirsty Deans and while she doesn’t mind travelling alone, the experienced midfielder reckons travelling with the duo allows her to bond and relax with fellow teammates.

“Do you know, I have never really been bothered by travelling to training and games by myself in a car, but having the girls with you and to car share is great because you can unwind if you aren’t driving and the banter is great.”

When Scott signed for Glasgow City in 2014 she was only able to take part in one game because she then found out she was pregnant. After having a daughter later that year she returned to football with Inverness City in 2015 and despite relegation won the club’s Player of the Year award.

Scott said: “I actually enjoyed my season last year for selfish reasons. After pregnancy it was really difficult to get back into shape and I am still trying so playing helped a lot. Yes it was a difficult season but the team moral never wavered. I was moved to right back so I saw a lot of action which i really enjoyed!”

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The side have been written off in some quarters similar to last season before the ‘Great Escape’ and Scott is confident that the side will prove everyone wrong once again; the side believing they can finish mid table or higher.

The veteran commented: “I am buzzing and nervous at the same time. As long as I can get that correct balance it will be great. I just hope I can contribute the way I want to in each game. It is going to be a challenging season but a challenge we can face.”

”We discussed this as a team and we hope for nothing less than fifth in the league which is manageable, reaching a final as well would be magic! As for myself, every player wants to be a part of every game so I hope I can achieve that, I want to stay fit and contribute as much as I can throughout the season and hopefully end the season with a few goals under my belt.”

“It’s tough to say how we will do but a lot of people have written us off. We are the true underdogs but we will fight every minute of every game to get results and prove the doubters wrong. There are a lot of strong teams in this league but I truly feel we can compete and get results as we have the potential and great depth within the squad and there is a fantastic backroom team here.”

Scott has played all over the country as well as spells with Doncaster Rovers Belles in England, Toronto Lynx in Canada and New York Magic in America but feels that this season has been her favourite pre season to be a part of, mentioning that there are no hiders in the side and that everyone is focused towards their goals.

She said: “This has been the best pre season I have ever been part of; for myself I knew I would have to work hard this pre season as I think every player is fighting for a position in the squad so that helped motivate me to get fitter and stronger. The support from the coaching staff has been phenomenal, every player seems to be focused and motivated to be the best they can be for the fight this season which is great because we are all pushing each other to be better.”

Interview with Forfar Farmington’s Robyn Smith

07-02-2016 - Sunday football - dy - 08504.jpgForfar Farmington attacker Robyn Smith was delighted with her performance after grabbing a hat trick of assists in the 4-0 win over Hamilton on Sunday.

The 22 year old took part in her first 90 minutes of the pre-season after a short cameo the previous week due to illness.

Smith set up Louise Magilton for her double while her cross led to Kayleigh Noble’s goal that finished the scoring; Jade McLaren’s opener the only goal Smith wasn’t involved in.

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The game looked like it could have been in doubt at times due to the weather conditions but the ex-Jeanfield striker felt they still managed to play well, scoring three of their goals playing into the wind. “It was good to get another run out, I only played twenty minutes last week because I had been ill so it was nice to play a full game this week.” she said.

”It was a hard task in the second half as we were going up against the wind and rain but I felt that we still managed to play some good football and we all stuck to the jobs that we were given by the manager.”

Smith was happy with her own performance albeit was disappointed she couldn’t find the back of the net with several chances. “Considering this was my first proper run out, I’m pretty happy with myself.”

She continued “I would have loved to have scored just for that extra bit of confidence but like I said I’m pretty pleased with my performance for my first proper game back. As a team we know we need to improve some things and we will work on them.”

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Farmington will continue their pre-season in a fortnight against Glasgow Girls and Smith believes that the squad have improved over the last month, with tough sessions setting them up for the coming season.

“I think pre-season is going really well, everyone seems to be enjoying it. Some of the sessions have been brutal but we know at the end of the day it’s for our own benefit, there’s always a buzz about training no matter what the session involves.”

Manager Mark Nisbet was pleased with how his side played in tough conditions, especially in the second half, saying “It was a good work out for both teams in difficult conditions which didn’t make it easy for us. We started the first half off okay and improved on the previous week in regards to passing and possession.”
He continued ”The one thing that really pleased me though was a few individual performances and our pressing of Hamilton’s back line. It was good to give a few players playing time under their belts.”