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Interview with Sophie Walton

11 February 2020

Sophie Walton is raring to get back to action on Sunday afternoon after being side lined with injury for the past month.

The Reds have also gone two weeks without a fixture but return to the field on Sunday afternoon in the Nottinghamshire County Cup semi-final. 

Looking ahead to the game Walton shares her joy of being back: “I am excited to get back to it on Sunday. It’s been too long. 

“You train hard all week to then have no game at the end of it, it can be a little bit deflating but I suppose that’s part and parcel of football. 

“I used to look forward to weekends off but now I absolutely hate it. 

“So, yes I can’t wait for the weekend and it’s made even better that it’s at home.” 

Reflecting back on her short spell on the treatment table she shares her frustration at being forced to watch from the stands. 

“I’m absolutely ready to go. I hate being injured and as the physios here may tell you I’m a nightmare when I can’t train or play,” Walton said. 

“I was absolutely gutted to miss the ‘Boro game but I’m back and ready for Sunday’s game now so I’m looking forward to that.”

After the semi-final clash on Sunday the side face a tough run-in of league fixtures as The Reds continue their push for promotion and Walton explains how disruptive gameless weekends can be to this campaign. 

She said: “It feels longer than a two week break to be honest. 

“It’s ridiculously frustrating and as I said before you’re training hard every week to have nothing at the end of it. 

“We’re challenging at the top end of the league with an aim of promotion and not being able to build any sort of momentum has been difficult but it’s something we as a squad have had to learn to deal with along the way. 

“It’s important to keep everyone focused and on board so when the games do come, we’re ready.” 

Sunday’s game also sees the team return to their home ground, Eastwood CFC, for only the second time this year and Walton expresses how the home support plays a key part on gameday for The Reds.

“I’ve said before we 100% have the best fans in this league,” she stated.

“Everyone looks forward to home games for that reason.

“There’s always a brilliant atmosphere down at Eastwood and it really does provide you with that extra bit of motivation which is brilliant for the team. 

“There are some grounds where there is less of an atmosphere so it’s important we put on the performances and get the results that the fans who turn up week in week out to watch us deserve.”

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