INTERVIEW: We have to step up every game – Saphri Lines

March 2, 2019



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Box Hill United’s senior women welcome Alamein FC to Wembley Park this Saturday (9 March, 3.15 pm kick-off) in the NPLW Round 3, in what will be the first home game of the season for Brian Roberts’ charges.

The Box Hill ladies are on a two-match winning run, and captain Saphri Lines said the team should aim to step up the intensity gathered from the first two fixtures.
The former South Melbourne attacking-midfielder explained, “It’s great that it’s all positives at the moment. It was good to win our first two away games. Now we have got to bring it into our home game [this weekend].

“Some teams can get a little complacent when they play at home thinking since it’s the ground [they] play on and are used to it. Sometimes, away teams can come harder than the home team.
“But we have got to pick it up, step up every game, and continue to play how we are playing at the moment.
“Obviously we are all [quite] new this year and are getting to know each other. At the moment, it’s working pretty well. We have got a strong attacking team and [it] looks good moving forward.”
The 26-year-old former Bristol City youth player expects a tricky test in Round 3, and said, “Alamein are a tough team – they are very physical. We have got a lot of young players in our team and we have to introduce physicality in each of the games. They have to be tough, because Alamein are a really good side [and] it is going to be a good fight.”
Lines believes the team are benefitting from the video analysis that head coach Brian Roberts has introduced into training, and described, “We can see our mistakes [in the video analysis]. Obviously when you are out playing, you don’t really see what you do wrong – the first touch or pass might be off. But in terms of positioning, you don’t get to see that until you are actually playing.

“If we see the videos after, we can see what we might be doing wrong and change it for the next game. So, it’s definitely much better than last year – bringing that in every week.” 

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