WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 13 Jun 2013

Chelsea Ladies now face a seven-week break due to the European Championships taking place, but that hasn't stopped thoughts turning towards when the FA Women's Super League resumes in August...

Plenty to ponder
With the FA WSL now on a seven-week mid-season break, thoughts are already turning to the second half of the campaign, with Carly Telford admitting we need to show a greater level of consistency.

The Blues started the season well, picking up seven points from our opening three games, but a reversal in fortunes of late has seen us lose five games in succession, including a 4-1 defeat at home to Everton last weekend, and the Chelsea Ladies goalkeeper believes the only way to turn things around is through hard work..

'Our inconsistency has to be put to bed over the off-season or we will be scrapping down at the bottom of the table,' said Telford.

'We have to work out why we are so up and down, why we can put in a good performance and then make silly mistakes in the next game.

'We are playing well in patches but we aren't taking our chances and are being punished. It's the same story, different day - and it's becoming too repetitive.

'We are a new team but we can't keep making that excuse as we have been together for five or six months.

'There will be some changes. We have to look whether we are fit enough, strong enough and if we want it enough. That comes into play.

'When we are battling to get back into it some teams look like they want it more than us, which isn't good enough.

'We gifted Everton four goals, they didn't create that many opportunities. It was a bit embarrassing. It's going to be a long off-season.'

Jakobsson earns call-up
Chelsea Ladies striker Sofia Jakobsson has been named in the Sweden squad to face Brazil later this month in an international friendly.

The game takes place on Wednesday 19 June at the Soderstadion in Stockholm, kick-off 5.45pm.

Ward attends presentation evening
Chelsea and Wales's Helen Ward attended St Josephs FC presentation evening in Middlesex earlier this month.

Helen passed on tips on how to make it to the top of the ladies game to the aspiring young players as well as presenting all of the trophies on the night.

Striker Ward was delighted to attend the event, saying: 'It was great to meet so many young girls that have dreams to one day become footballers and play in the FA WSL.

'St Josephs are a very well run club and it was a pleasure to give my support to the event on the night.'

Chelsea Ladies FA WSL campaign resumes on Sunday 4 August when we take on Doncaster Rovers Belles at Staines Town FC, kick-off 2pm.