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Influential Carroll hopes for strong Hatters finish following Cup glory

By Rosie Bonass

24 April 2017 20:07

Luton Town Ladies’ midfielder Zara Carroll is hopeful that her side can boost their games and finish the season strongly after being crowed County Cup champions for a second consecutive season.

The Hatters defeated local rivals Offley & Stopsley 3-0 making them the most decorated women’s cup winners in Bedfordshire after winning the competition an impressive seven times.

Town’s attention now turns to the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, where they are currently positioned in sixth place but they will hope to improve on that as their season draws to a close at the end of May.

“Winning the County Cup is always an amazing achievement and proud moment to know you’re the best team in your County”, said Carroll, who scored the crucial second goal in the cup final.

“I think we can all pick our games up a little bit now. Our season started strongly and we showed real signs of exactly how good we can be.

“We have drawn games we should have won but not finishing the chances you have or switching off when you’re feeling fatigued costs you points.

“We have four very winnable games left to play but only if we continue to do all the things we do well as a team. Mentality is a key factor and confidence plays a big part”.

The Hatters may feel that they have underachieved in the league this season but there is something to be enthusiastic about in the Luton camp and that is the evident rise of the younger players in the squad this season.

Town have several younger stars including Jodie Bellinger, Jodie Southby and Lucy Webster amongst many others, who have played regularly in the first team and Carroll was full of praise for all of them, particularly defender Webster who has enjoyed a superb debut season playing in defence and scored arguably the goal of the season in the win against Norwich City.

“We have a lot of youngsters in the team who are really gifted players, I think they are doing superbly”, Carroll commented.

“Lucy Webster is one of the best youth players I have ever seen come through Luton. I wish I had her pace and touch.  

“She's a threat from a right back position that says everything about the girl really”.

Carroll went on to offer some simple advice to her younger team members.

“Training sessions is where you put in the hard work, get more physical and use that as preparation for a Sunday”, the experienced midfielder said.  “Work hard, play harder”.

Carroll has made over 75 appearances for the club and has been instrumental for Town yet again this season and she believes that it’s been one of her better campaigns and hopes that her performances continue to keep first team manager Nikki Baker content.

“I would say this is one of my best seasons”, Carroll finished.

“I turn up fully committed, never miss training as that’s the key to match days and I do everything I can to not only prevent goals but also help set up or score them.

“As long as the Gaffer is happy with me then happy days”.