Chelsea Ashurst

Hey everyone, great to be back!

Plenty of emotional ups and downs for Málaga Femenino this week in the Liga Iberdrola – with two hard-fought 1-1 draws against direct rivals Espanyol and Logroño, both teams that we beat in the first half of the season. The relegation battle is incredibly tense right now! We’re off the bottom of the table but still in the drop zone – we’re one point off last place but only five points behind 9th, so everything’s still to play for!

Up this weekend is a flight to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, where we’ll play UD Granadilla, who are comfortable in mid-table. I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, but I’m getting back to 100% now – ready for another big performance! After the Granadilla match comes a 2-3 week break (due to the Algarve/Cyprus/She Believes Cups) and a trip to local rivals Sevilla, which should be a huge game, as they’re down there with us in the relegation zone – fighting for their Liga Iberdrola status.

Going back to where I left off in my last post, we jump to my move to Sporting Huelva ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, which was the first time I’d lived so far from my home. It was a five-hour car ride, which probably doesn’t seem far to American readers, but it was to me! Sporting are a very humble and hard-working team, with strong roots in the city and a vastly experienced coach in Antonio Toledo – one of the longest-serving in Spanish women’s football.

Given Huelva’s location, all the matches except nearby Sevilla were a long distance away, so we’d typically leave on a Friday night, sleep on the bus, and get there on Saturday for a game on Sunday. It was a very good experience for me, showing me that if you want something you have to work for it – and that’s what Sporting Huelva are all about.

Their President Manuela Romero Landa is one of those people who’s always the first to offer to help and try and get the team what they need – a really great president and she’d never miss a match! I’m someone who really admires people who work hard towards their goals, because I’m like that myself, and so my season in Huelva was a great experience – which ended in us just missing out on qualification for Spain’s cup competition: La Copa de la Reina.

Join me next time for more on my life here in Andalucía; Málaga’s fight against the drop; and the next stage of my career history – joining FC Barcelona!

Chelsea xxx

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