Symonds delighted to be back on the pitch

Midfielder played her first 45 minutes of an injury-plagued season on Sunday.

By Heather Miller • 23 May 2023

By Craig Galloway
Maisie Symonds has returned to the squad following a testing season.

Albion travelled north for their penultimate WSL match of the season against Everton on Sunday an despite just falling short of a point after the Toffees netted a 92nd minute winner, among the positives for Albion was that midfielder Maisie Symonds came on in the second half for her first full 45 minutes of the season. 

It's been a challenging time for the 20-year-old, but she reflected on the game and insisted there are positives to take from the performances.

She said, "It's been a really testing season for me, but to get back in the squad and playing is a positive way for me to end the campaign. To be out the first half of the season through illness and then to be out injured again was hard, but it feels so good to be back.

"It's a difficult squad to get into, never mind play in the team. It's really competitive at the minute in training and on the pitch but it feels good to be back with the girls. There's a really refreshing energy at the minute, we all want to go for it."

By Craig Galloway
Symonds back in action against Everton

Symonds felt Albion deserved to get something from their trip to Walton Hall Park.

"We improved a lot in the second half, we were very strong and created many chances that we should've scored," she added. "I felt that we spent most of it in their half, it's aways gutting when you concede late but we were definitely on top in the second half.

"It's been something that we've worked on since Mellisa [Phillips] has come in, we've recognised previously that when we've gone in front we'd step off the gas but now that's our trigger that we've to go again.

"They have a lot of quality players so, they're going to create chances but I thought we dealt well with them especially in the second half. It was just their bit of quality at the end where we got caught out."

Albion secured their safety in the WSL with two games to go after a difficult campaign but Symonds sees a bright future under Phillips. "We're buzzing that we're staying up but Mel said that it's about how we want to push on. It's not just about staying in the league, it's about thriving in this league next season."