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Helen Lander reflected on an incredible season in which she scored 40 league goals but gave the credit to her team mates who helped Watford run away with the Southern Division title and reach the National Division for the first time in the club's history.
"It's been absolutely brilliant," Helen told Women's Soccer Scene. "From the word go, we knew what we wanted - the aim was promotion and nothing else would do. We came close last season, then added a couple of players, Sian Williams came in as manager, Matt (Ward) stayed on and did a tremendous job (as Coach) - he sometimes doesn't get the credit he deserves."
Helen admits that the arrival of Sian Williams has been a huge factor in Watford's success. "Sian's been in the game for longer than anyone can remember, I mean that in the nicest possible way," she laughs. "She knows players and has the experience herself. It's been a learning curve for all involved but everyone has played their part."
Helen's 40-goal haul is the highest by a player in the Premier League in one season since Marianne Petterson's tally of 49 for Fulham in 2001-02 but she takes a modest view over her achievement, which saw her receive the Top Goalscorer Award for the second year running. "I haven't really got many complaints," she smiles. "It's all very well getting individual awards but it's the result of a team effort. Everyone, the players and staff have done a fantastic job and it's a combination of everything. If you look at our team, we've had goalscorers throughout - not just me - but I just happen to be in the right place at the right time.
"It's very nice but I can't score the goals if my team mates don't create the chances for me. It it's a tap in, that's fine, if it gets the points, even better."
Helen paid tribute to strike partner Ellen Maggs, the former England forward who was one of the new arrivals at the start of the season. "We've struggled for forwards in the last couple of years and I've often been up front on my own," she says, "but this season Ellen has taken the knocks for me so I can get on the end of things. She is absolute class and you can see why she's played for England before - she's got skill and she is also one of the nicest, most down to earth girls in the squad as well, and a pleasure to play alongside."
Now Helen, as with Watford, will be pitting her wits in the top flight next season and her progress is sure to be monitored - maybe even as a future England striker. "I've heard people saying I should be there but the test will be next season," she admits, "but hopefully I can do it as it is a new challenge for me. It's where I've always wanted to play and luckily I'll be able to do it with Watford, who I have been with since I was nine years old, so I'm really looking forward to it."
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