Saturday 03 Nov
Updated Sunday 04 Nov 14:01

Spencer: Chelsea will be a tough test for us

Becky Spencer

Becky Spencer is expecting Sunday to be a big challenge for herself and her West Ham side this Sunday as her former club, Chelsea, travel to Rush Green.

With Chelsea having a disappointing start to the season, Spencer gave her thoughts on her former club’s start to the campaign and what she is expecting from them on Sunday.

Spencer said: “It’s not been the greatest of starts for Chelsea, but I do think every team goes through that phase at some point in a season. I have no doubt that they will still be challenging at the top of the table. 

“They have a quality squad and I’m expecting them to put on a really tough test for us on Sunday. I think we will need to stay strong and focus on ourselves in this game. Whoever plays for them will do a good job, so we will need to be at our best to take something from the game.”

Despite playing in a very successful Chelsea team that won the domestic double last season, Spencer made the decision to pursue first team football with the Irons.

Spencer told “I had no problems at Chelsea, but there were three very strong goalkeepers there. Training stimulated me a lot but playing time was difficult to get. It came down to playing and I’m at the age now where I need to be playing on a weekly basis. 

“I’m not saying coming to West Ham was a guarantee of that. I knew it was still going to be a challenge, but it was my best opportunity to move on and try to get that. I wasn’t interested in a loan. I wanted to be somewhere full-time where I could fight for the No1 spot.”

The goalkeeper added: “It’s been enjoyable so far this season. It’s been about finding our feet a bit, with us being a new team and everyone trying to get to know each other. We knew it would take a few months to fully gel together. In recent games, I think it’s starting to show on the pitch that we are all getting on off of it. It’s been easier than I thought it would be. 

“We have a really good group of girls here and everyone seems to get on really well, so in that aspect things have been quite easy. On the pitch, it’s perhaps taken a little bit of time. People have come from different cultures, different countries and know different styles of play. It’s a real mixed bag but it’s a good one too. There’s a lot of experience in this team and we’re all enjoying the journey.”

You can read more from Spencer by purchasing a copy of this weekend’s match-day programme at the game on Sunday