Morgan making an impact

With West Ham United Ladies sitting in fourth place in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division ahead of Sunday's trip to Yeovil Town, a balance between youth and experience could be the solid base as they aim for higher ground.

The experienced head on this young team's shoulders is attacking midfielder Lindsey Morgan, who has netted three competitive goals in West Ham's opening eight matches this season.

"Of course it gives me an increased confidence to be scoring goals for the team, but my focus is that the whole team performs well together. For me, providing assists for my team-mates to score goals is just as important as scoring them myself," said the 32-year-old.

The goals scored by Morgan have helped the Hammers grab ten points from a possible 15 and she knows that the strong opening will have a big bearing on where the team finish come the end of the campaign.

"It is massively important to get off to a good start in the league because the first few months are the foundation for how the season shapes up.

"Having a solid defence is also important, but the defending starts from the front. It is equally as important that we work together as a team. Each player brings their own qualities and strengths to the team, like Stacey Little, who has been solid in the holding midfield role."

Morgan re-joined West Ham last summer from Millwall Lionesses, where she had moved from the Hammers back in August 2009. During her career, the midfielder has also represented Aston Villa and Dagenham and Redbridge.

"I started playing football at the age of seven in my school team. I was the only girl in a boys' team and league. The first proper team I joined was Aston Villa at the age of eight."

"I moved to Essex from the West Midlands when I was ten and joined the local team, Dagenham and Redbridge. We had a great team and I won many honours with them. I then joined West Ham and played for several years until I was approached by Millwall Lionesses, who had recently gained promotion to the Premier League.

"I played for Millwall for two seasons and in that time I played against some of the best teams in the country and competed well. We had a great coach [Kay Cossington], who is now involved in the England set up, and I learnt a lot of valuable lessons playing for that team at that level. I then returned to West Ham last season."

Despite her history in the sport, full-time Royal Mail worker Morgan is happy playing for West Ham, knowing that the team is progressing towards a successful future.

"I have always played football, so joining a semi-pro club like West Ham was just a bonus. We are now getting more support from the men's team and the club is moving in the right direction in an effort to get alongside and compete with some of the best teams in the country.

"I really enjoyed last season, it was great to join back up with some of the old team and get to know some of the new team members. The team had definitely strengthened in the two seasons that I had been at Millwall."

The future looks bright for the Hammers, and despite being the oldest member of the squad, Morgan is still a regular first-team player every week who knows that there is only one target for the club come the end of the season.

"We have one aim and one aim only and that is to achieve promotion! We have been so close for the past few seasons that failing again this season is simply not an option. I am 100 per cent confident we can do it!"