Fern Burrage-Male: Fear is never something that we let into the dynamic of our squad.

An injury ridden Cardiff City Ladies visit Rugby Borough women on Sunday with hopes of turning over one of the league’s most inform teams. But manager Fern Burrage-Male says there is “absolutely no fear” amongst the squad going into the game. 

“We came back from Christmas, and we had a good training session, the session this week has been incredible. 

“We looked sharp tonight; we looked sharp on Tuesday, and I think that’s reflection of our intentions this season.” She said.  

The Dragons have been riddled with injuries in recent times and Fern admits that her teams need every player they have to carry them through this spell.  

“I can’t pretend it’s not playing its part and having some impact on the strength and perhaps the depth of our squad. Certainly, every injury does have an impact. 

“We are needing every single player in our squad. 

“We’ve had a number of injuries. The robustness of our pre-season has probably cost us a little bit. 

“It’s not something we can blame but it’s certainly something we can take forward.” She said. 

Cardiff City Ladies have acted on their injury crisis by signing Wales under 19 international full back Maisie Miller. The head coach said that she’s got a decision to make on Sunday. 

“Maisie’s made a fantastic addition to the squad this week in training and is certainly someone who’s going to be getting minutes throughout the season. 

“Whether she starts this weekend… there’s still a couple of questions for us as the managing team. 

“Even as a young player she comes with vast experience and good international experience. I’m really pleased that she’s settled in and bedded in well with the squad.” She said.  

Cardiff’s opposition on Sunday are third in the league. Rugby Borough have won four from their last six games in all competitions, scoring 17 goals in that run. Fern was asked if her squad has any fear going into the game.  

“No. Not fear. I can tell you now. Fear is something we never let into the dynamic of our squad. We can be cautious, we can be aware, but it’s never fear. 

“We’re going into Rugby expecting a high tempo game, expecting an opposition that are fast, that are direct and that can score goals, but fear never comes into it. 

“We believe so much in our abilities. 

“We’re going to be defending from the front and we’re looking forward to that challenge.” She said. 

“As opposed to fear, it’s quite the opposite.”