[media-credit name=”Pic: Phil McCloy” align=”alignleft” width=”226″][/media-credit]Ahead of today’s Henson Projects Scottish Cup Final, Scotzine caught up with Forfar Farmington manager Mark Nisbet as he looked back on the season gone, as he guided his side to second spot in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. Then looks ahead at today’s game as he looks to secure the club’s first piece of silverware.
There is no doubting that we are delighted with this season’s outcome so far. We knew it was vital to build on last year’s performance in the league but it was also importance for us to do much better in the cup competitions.
At the start of the season I knew we had a really talented group of players with a good blend of experience, youth and hunger. Our early season form could have been better where it saw us draw a couple of games we really should have won and I warned the players at that point it may cost us as the season develops. At this stage we all had a real hard look at ourselves and had a major refocus. I’m delighted to report from that point forward there has been no stopping us.
As the weeks have gone on the confidence in the squad has grown which has shown in the results. One of the most pleasing things for me personally though has been the character shown on the pitch as there has been a few games where things have been tough but the players believed in each other and ground out results. For me this is a sign of a good, strong group who will do whatever is required and I think that was what got us our second place finish.
Our move to Station Park in the summer has also played a significant part not just with the improved training and match facilities, not forgetting we had pretty good facilities prior to this anyway. The main difference after linking with Forfar Athletic has been the collaborative working and real feeling of a Forfar family. This has been highlighted most recently with Forfar First team players really getting behind our First team players through social media but also on training nights. Our players have also started going along to watch the Forfar 1st team on Saturdays to return the support.
I would also like to mention the chairman, manager and board at Forfar Athletic who have been excellent in helping us develop on and off the field.
The cup campaigns have been good to us this year as well, after reaching the semi final of the league cup where we were beaten by eventual winners Glasgow City.
Although I missed this game due to pre-planned holidays, the reports I received back were positive and we have used that experience to help us with our Scottish Cup campaign.
Going into the Scottish Cup we were absolutely focused on reaching the final as a minimum. A few of the players in the squad had played on that stage before and you could see when they were talking about it how much the others wanted that as well. This determination was evident more than ever in our quarter-final and semi final ties where we had to dig really deep to get through.
We now have the final to look forward too and will prepare to the best of our ability for that. If we were lucky enough to get the result we are looking for it would cap off a remarkable season and be the biggest achievement yet for our club.
Regardless of the outcome of the final though, we have a great deal to take from the year and I can assure you we will come back next season looking to push on again to ensure we are challenging for honours this time next year.