MANAGER Steve Quashie was pleased to see QPR FC Women return to action on Sunday, following his side's 2-2 draw with Ashford Town in the League Cup.
Goals from Jo Blodgett and Chloe Sampson ensured Rangers came away with a deserved share of the spoils to kick off 2020 in a resilient way.
“It’s great to be back - we have had a long break,” the QPR boss told www.qpr.co.uk “The last game we played was the 8th of December, so to get back into the games was pleasing.
“We expected a tough game from Ashford and that’s exactly what we got. They have attacking threats and are quite direct at times, the conditions on the pitch were quite difficult, but I thought in the second half in particular we showed great resilience and really kicked on.
“It was new challenge up against them for the first time this season and they have some potent players and they are good physically as well. We need to get used to them and get ready to play them in the league. The draw ensures we finish the group as champions and it’s a positive vibe."
He continued: “We weren’t as fluid as normal but we still worked hard and tried to get a grip of the game and in the second half we really adapted well to the pitch and managed to play our game.
“It was good to see the fitness levels and that everyone was up to scratch after a long break off. We scored a couple of cracking goals and the players were in good spirits. We ended the game strongly and we now have something to build upon.”
Looking ahead to next week, attention switches to Kent Football United in the County Cup and Quashie knows the team from the league above will pose a difficult challenge.
He said: “Next week is important against Kent. We need to try and match them in terms of their performance. They play in tier four, which is obviously our ambition, so it will be good for us to compare where we are currently and try to give them some problems to solve.”