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A point to prove - Rachael
 Women's Football News 16 Aug 2012
 
A point to prove - Rachael - 16 Aug 2012 - Women's Football NewsYeovil Town captain Rachael Edwards is determined to banish painful memories for both her and her team when they make their return to Premier League football this Sunday. 
 
The Somerset side play at home to fellow newcomers Lewes in their opening Southern Division match and Rachael told Women's Soccer Scene that they are savouring the challenge. "It'll be great, after all the hard work we've put in to prepare ourselves for the new season," she said. "We've seen new players come in and after all the success we had last season, everyone can't wait to get started now so bring it on.
 
"Lewes are a bit of an unknown quantity to us but I actually enjoy playing teams we haven't faced before. I hear they are an exceptionally strong side and we will need to be at our best but it's important that we do start well and get some points on the board, and start as we mean to go on."
 
Rachael was a part of the Yeovil side which was relegated two years ago after just a season's stay in the Premier League but she is convinced that they are ready this time around. "I certainly think were better prepared," she insisted. "We've been up there and know what to expect to a certain extent, so that experience will help us, but Sarah [Lawler] and Nigel [Williams] have prepared us the best they can and have done a great job and the players will be doing their best to stay up.
 
"I can only remember how awful it felt to be relegated and the other players who were there would say the same thing, so I think there is a point to prove but we have a lot of new faces and go in with a fresh outlook, so I think we can hit the ground running this time.
 
"We've brought in some experience including Jade Radburn, who has played in the Super League. She has fitted in well with the girls and plays her heart out on the pitch and gives everything, which is all we can ask for. We have now got depth in our squad, which is what we didn't have before, and I think that will only do us good."
 
One well known player who is sure to play an important role for Yeovil this season is former England striker Justine Lorton, who will help lead the forward line along with prolific scorer Laura Bray. "Justine is excellent, no doubt about it, regardless of whether she can run for 90 minutes or not," says Rachel. "Just having her on the pitch instils confidence in the rest of us as she gets the ball down and plays and I don't think she realises the impact she has on us."
 
Yeovil had a marvellous campaign last season which saw them win the South West Combination and return to the Premier League at the first attempt with an unbeaten record. Despite this, Rachael admits that the first aim is to establish themselves in the Southern Division.
 
"Sarah and Nigel have been working hard to keep our feet in ground and it has been all about preparation, working together, knowing each other on and off the pitch as well. We need to stay up but in my mind, with the squad we have now, we can compete with the other teams."
 
Kirsty Whitton was one of the players who joined Yeovil last season and played an important role as they ran off with the Combination title. The midfielder admits that she is looking forward to playing at a higher level.
 
"I can't wait," she smiled. "This will be my first season playing in the Premier League. We've had a good pre-season and played against some challenging opposition so I know that we are at the level we need to get to.

"It's the highest level I have played at but with the girls around me, who have played in the Premier League before, will help me get that experience. I'm really looking forward to it.
 
"I think that putting some good performances in and proving we can compete at that level and push on from there [is important] but the main priority is to stay in the league."

 
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