Austin: Ladies must not underestimate Swindon Town test

Chenise Austin

Chenise Austin has warned her West Ham United Ladies teammates not to underestimate this weekend's opponents, her former club Swindon Town.

Sunday's fixture with Swindon is an opportunity for the Ladies to continue their unbeaten run in 2018, with the Irons without a loss in their last eight matches in all competitions.

The Hammers take on a Swindon side that have endured a difficult campaign in the Premier League Southern Division this season, former Town defender Austin has cautioned her teammates against complacency in Sunday's fixture. 

The centre-back has good memories of her time at Swindon, which included a title win in her second season, but is fully focused on securing the three points for the Hammers.

Despite where they are in the league, we can't afford to underestimate Swindon this weekend. This Sunday is all about getting another three points.

Chenise Austin

"I joined Swindon in 2014 and had three good years there," Austin recalled to "We missed out on winning the league by three points in my first season, but lifting the trophy in my second year is one of the highlights of my career. 

"I really enjoyed my time with Swindon, and despite where they are in the league we can't afford to underestimate them this weekend. They will be up for the match and, although they've gone through a bit of a rebuild, they are still a dangerous opponent. I really enjoyed my time there and still speak to some of the girls I played alongside, but this Sunday is all about us getting another three points and pushing up the league table."

This Sunday's match is a rearranged fixture and Austin is ready to finally play against her former team. 

"Admittedly it's a little infuriating when a game is called off," she continued. "But, there's not a lot we can do about it, obviously. We live for our training sessions and then that hard work is put into practice on a Sunday during a match, so when that match doesn't happen it is a bit frustrating. If we can keep up our tempo and our pace from training though, we will be okay going into any game on any Sunday."

Chenise Austin

Karen Ray's side have the opportunity to make it nine games unbeaten this weekend and Austin believes this excellent run has been a vital factor in a positive mood spreading through the camp. 

With two cup finals to look forward to, Austin insists that, while the side is anticipating those matches, the Ladies have their eyes firmly set on Sunday's fixture with Swindon.

She added: "The girls are all buzzing. It's great to be on this winning streak. The atmosphere around training and during matches is really positive at the moment. We're looking forward to the Isthmian League Cup and WPL Plate finals, but we're fully focused on the Swindon game this week. 

"We've got to take each game as they come. We want to push up the league and, right now, this weekend's match is the most important game for us."