England midfielder Fara Williams is enjoying a fine start to the season with new club Everton.
England midfielder Fara Williams is enjoying a fine start to the new season following her summer transfer from Charlton Athletic to Everton.
The 20 year-old international has hit three goals in her first three games, two of them for Everton and the other a spectacular effort for England.
Unfortunately her goal against Russia proved no more than consolation as a disappointing England performance ended in a 2-1 defeat.
But her strikes at club level have helped the Toffees to establish themselves as the early leaders of the FA Nationwide Women’s Premier League.
And that has helped Williams settle in at her new club after making one of the most surprising moves in a close season filled with transfer shocks.
Explaining her reasons for switching from London to Merseyside, Williams said: "I wanted to give myself a new challenge and this was the perfect opportunity.
"The facilities and management at Charlton are excellent so I had no complaints there, but I needed to set myself some new goals.
"We’ve got the European Championships coming up next year and I’m determined to be part of the England squad, and I think this move can help me in that respect.
"Everton play in a similar style to England and their coach, Mo Marley, is a former England captain who’s now involved on the coaching side in the international set-up.
"So Mo knows exactly what it takes at the very top level and I think that can benefit me and my game."
The benefits have to date worked both ways, Williams blossoming as Everton won their first two games with 12 goals scored and only once conceded.
And although the youngster still feels low about England’s display at Bristol last week, she is nevertheless delighted at her club team’s early season form.
"I’ve settled in really quickly and I’ve enjoyed playing for Everton right from the games we had in pre-season," she said.
"We did well in friendlies and tournaments and after getting a few goals in those games it was great to score a couple in our first League match.
"I don’t think anybody could have expected us to win 8-0 at Leeds, but it was a tremendous team performance that got us that result.
"After that we probably took things too lightly in the first half of our match against Bristol City, but we stepped it up in the second half to deservedly win 4-1.
"So it’s been a great start for me with Everton, but it was just the opposite with England because we were very poor against Russia.
"After a couple of good performances and results midway through last season, especially against Denmark, we should have been kicking on from there.
"But we fell away after a good start against Nigeria, then we played badly in the first half against Iceland before doing just enough to win the game.
"So against Russia last week, at the start of such an important season, we had the chance to get ourselves on track for Euro 2005.
"It goes without saying that it was bitterly disappointing to perform as poorly as we did, and the girls all felt the same way.
"What we have to do now is focus on the games we have in Holland next month and go out there absolutely determined to get things right.
"That’s certainly the plan, because Euro 2005 is going to be massive for England and we have to get ourselves 100 per cent prepared for the tournament."