Nottingham Forest get their 2020-21 FA Women’s National League season underway on Sunday as they travel to face West Bromwich Albion and Andy Cook looks ahead to the tie.
Speaking ahead of the game Cook shares his excitement of getting the new season underway. He said: “We can’t wait to get going and it’s been a very long time coming.
“We’re all excited to be back playing competitive games and just want to get this season started.”
Due to last season coming to a premature end because of the Covid-19 pandemic all teams remain the same in the league as they go for round two of being crowned champions. But despite any results from last season Cook states each team are starting this season with a ‘clean slate’ and cannot be compared to their performances from last year.
“Every team’s had their ins and outs this summer so you cannot go into a game based of how they played last season,” Cook explained.
“But of course, not facing West Brom at all last season could add a bit more uncertainty but we’re just going into each game with a clean slate.
“As not only have other teams changed but we have also improved heavily over the summer so we’re not the same team as last season.”
His side took to the field five times during pre-season as they ramped up their preparations and Cook believes his team are in the best shape possible to kick-start the new season.
Cook said: “The squad are in fantastic shape and we couldn’t have asked for anything else from them during pre-season.
“If I’m being honest I didn’t think we’d be in this position we are now when we started pre-season because it was such a short turn-around.
“But we’re pleased with where we are and we’re in a much better place than we were this time last year.”
Coming home with three points is The Reds aim this Sunday and Cook explains that he doesn’t want a repeat of opening weekend last season.
“We knew what it was like last season when we lost our first three competitive matches on the bounce so we don’t want to feel that way again,” he said.
“We know how important it is to get off to a winning start but equally so will every other team.
“So, they’ll all be tough battles but we are ready.”