A number of new signings were made over the ‘short’ summer, Forest Women Head Coach, Andy Cook, in preparing for a promotion assault by ringing the changes – one of those being the signing of a former Red, midfielder Becky Anderson.
Vastly experienced across the middle of the park, Anderson can count that of the Arsenal Academy, Coventry United (twice) and London Bees as former clubs, the midfielder bringing so much to what is already a strong, combative, and competitive side.
She’s looking forward to it though, especially the clubs’ style of play.
“Andy wants us to get the ball on the ground and play,” began Becky.
“That’s very much my style of football and, with a really good group of girls, and coaching staff, a great, family feel here.
“The squad depth gives us so much and, if Andy changes thongs around, there’s no weakened side and it gives us good variations across the park.”
Although, like everyone else, Anderson has, in her own way, been affected by the ongoing pandemic, it’s not been something she’s let hamper her on-field progress – returning to Forest though, that came at just the right time for the foraging midfielder.
“Last season, it was good for me personally, and I enjoyed the (football) challenges, but I wanted something else,” continued Becky.
“There was the opportunity in which to play full-time football, but, with a full-time job.
“Whereas if it was five, or six years ago, I’d have jumped at the chance – the professionalism here though, it was a no-brainer.”
Anderson though, not really known for her scoring prowess, will, without question, create chances aplenty for those ahead of her on the field of play.
It is a quality which Coach Cook looked at when bringing Anderson back to the club, saying at the time the signing, alongside Jade Arber was made (to nottinghamforest.co.uk) that: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome both Jade and Becky to the club.
“Both players bring a vast amount of quality and experience to the team, and the fact we’re able to attract players from these clubs shows the level of ambition we have.”
Meanwhile, Anderson added: “My priority is not to score goals, but, as a deep-lying midfielder, my role is to create.
“I do have a target in my mind for scoring goals, but personally though, I want to be consistently good when out on the field, because it winds me up if I’m not.
“We do need to be committed across the board, but yes, promotion is the eventual aim.”
Next up for Forest Women, is a trip to Merseyside, to face the unusually titled Liverpool Feds (the team originating from the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education College where the sports teams played as an amalgamation between multiple colleges), in the Determining Round of the FAWNL League Cup, Anderson saying:” Liverpool will be both a good game, and a good test.
“There’ll be pressure as it’s a tournament that you want to go as far as possible in.”
Nottingham Forest Women travel to Liverpool Feds this Sunday, 12 September, in the opener of the FAWNL League Cup, updates via Twitter.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFCWomen Becky Anderson is an Arsenal Academy starlet now with Forest.