Nottingham Forest striker Ellie Casper has hit terrific form in her last two games as she has bagged her first goals in Garibaldi and admits that getting off the mark for the campaign has given her a ‘great boost of confidence’.
Casper netted her first goal for the club in The Reds 6-2 FA Women’s National League Plate victory over Chester-le-Street two weeks ago. She netted the side’s goal to put them ahead in the second-half and then rounded of that afternoon’s victory with a second to seal her brace.
Casper explains how it felt to find the back of the net for first time in red: “It’s good to be finally on the scoresheet.
“I feel like I’ve found my feet and from my first goal it’s gave me a great boost of confidence to keep them coming.”
Minutes on the field were hard to come by for Casper in the opening matches of the season but she has picked up a full 90 minutes of playing time over the side’s recent two fixtures and she states that game time has helped her settle in to life at Forest.
Casper said: “It’s been great to get some quality minutes under my belt, in the last two games I’ve played the full 90 and can really feel the benefits from that.
“It’s important to have the game time playing at a new club, to adapt to a new way of playing, so I definitely feel the last two games have helped with that.”
Precious Hamilton is The Reds other striker at the club and her great start to the season, 15 goals in nine games, has forced Casper to patiently wait for her chance to showcase what she is capable of on the field. But she believes that bagging back-to-back braces has shown the management staff what she’s ‘got to give’ to the team.
“Precious Hamilton is a quality player, I can’t knock her,” Casper said.
“She’s consistent and works hard.
“I’d like to think I’ve shown the club what I’ve got to give and would look forward to working alongside Precious in the upcoming fixtures.”
The Reds have enjoyed a successful October, so far, as they have picked up three wins from three games and Casper states that all three victories are ‘nothing short’ of what the side deserve.
“The girls have worked hard for all that we’ve achieved so far,” Casper explained.
“We really had to fight at the beginning of the season. There’s a lot of new faces so getting used to playing together was always going to take time.
“But I think we’ve all put the work in and the results are starting to show.
“To win the last three games, I think we’ve come away with nothing short of what we deserve.”
Forest welcome Hull City to Eastwood CFC on Sunday afternoon as they look to make it a 100% winning month and to draw themselves even closer to the league’s leaders and Casper shares her thoughts ahead of the fixture.
Casper said: “I’m Looking forward to Sunday, we face Hull and there’s nowhere better to be than at home.
“We’ve had the chance to give some vital players a rest the last couple of games, so I’m expecting a sharp performance from The Reds.
“It’ll be great to have the fans back behind us and hopefully we can seal the win.”