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Bennett calls for final focus

25 April 2019

Sianna Bennett is set to play in her second County Cup final for Nottingham Forest on Friday evening as the side take on Ollerton Town.

Looking ahead to Friday’s fierce match up Bennett explained: “It feels good to be in my second County Cup final in my second season at Forest.

“It’s up there with my best moments at Forest winning the County Cup last season, so hopefully we can do it again on Friday!” 

“It’ll feel amazing to win the final, it won’t be easy but we will try our very best to get that win for all of our supporters who cheer us on week in and out. It will also give us a big boost for our final league game against Hull.”

Bennett joined the Reds in April of last season and made in instant impact on the side as she racked up seven appearances in only the remaining month of the season. The defender is also the only remaining starting player from last year’s final that is still with the Reds currently but she reassures that she takes no personal satisfaction from the feat. She said: “Well, saying that I’m the only remaining starter like that is quite strange. 

“But that doesn’t matter to me, I’m only thinking about the team we have now.” 

Alongside Bennett, Grace Walters is the only other remaining Red from last season’s squad so several fresh faces are in with a chance with lifting this year’s cup. Comparing the two side’s Bennett looked at the differences in both squads and explained how this season’s team hold much more excitement. “Last season’s team was much more of an experienced team, they had played together for a long time,” she added: “But this season’s team is a younger side but we have a lot of raw talent with penalty of pace which scares defenders.” 

Lifting the County Cup would be a positive end for a troubling season for Bennett which didn’t see her enter the side till the new year. An injury at the start of the 2018/19 campaign had forced Bennett to watch her teammates get the season underway without her. Taking a role on the side-lines left Bennett frustrated, she expressed: “It’s hard to explain how it felt being out injured for the first half of the season. It was very hard, I hated not being able to train and play with the girls week in and week out. I had to be very patient (which isn’t my forte), but now I’ll never take being injury free for granted.” 

With only two games left of the season for the Reds, Bennett reflects back on the campaign that she’s set to leave behind. From a personal perspective, she explained: “On a personal note this season’s been hard with my injury,” but from a whole she added: “As a team, again it’s been a hard season on and off the pitch. A lot of changes has happened but that’s something we have taken in our stride and we continue to do so. 

“We have had a lot of youngsters step up and prove they’re good enough to play in this league, and all the support we’ve had at our games has been tremendous. We appreciate every bit of support we get on and off the pitch.” 

Looking ahead from this season Bennett gives her views on how far she can see her and her teammates going with Forest. She said: “I can see this Forest team going a long way, we have many factors of what a strong team has. We will continue to build as a team and the gain experience and confidence to contend for the league title. I am very excited to see what next season brings, but firstly we need to finish this season on a high!”


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