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Copsewood (Coventry) have taken the Midland Combination by storm during the opening weeks of the new season and their 1-0 victory in their top of the table clash with Rotherham Utd on Sunday leaves them two points clear, with games in hand on the teams around them.
We asked Copsewood captain Jodie McGuckin about her team's excellent start and if she feels that can mount a serious title challenge this season:
How good a performance from the team was it in beating Rotherham on Sunday?
I feel like Sunday was the first game we have really gelled as a team. We played some good football and created a lot of decent chances which on another day I would like to think we would have converted more of.
Was it also good to keep a clean sheet against a team which has also started the season so well?
Keeping a clean sheet just shows how far we have come as a team. In past seasons we haven't been able to keep enough clean sheets and it has cost us. This season we have got a strong keeper and a solid defence. We've been difficult to break down at the back but we must work hard to maintain this.
Do you think the win was particularly important having drawn with Radcliffe Olympic the previous week?
I think the win was much needed. We are taking each game as it comes and after drawing the previous week we showed great character against a team who have also started well.
Has the team's start to the season exceeded your expectations?
We had high expectations at the start of the season, mainly due to the excellent recruiting Ryan (Conneely) did over the course of the summer and pre-season, but the overall objective was to just be more competitive.
Are you confident that the team can keep up this form and make a serious title challenge?
As Captain, I've got great confidence in the team and players around me. We'd like to challenge for the title but as I said before, we are taking each game as it comes as we have plenty more tough games ahead of us.
Who do you feel are the teams that will be up there challenging this season (apart from yourselves)?
There are going to be a number of teams up there this season. Radcliffe and Leicester Women were both good outfits as well as Rotherham. We are yet to face some of the other teams who I feel will be challenging this season but I believe there are a handful who will fancy their chances.
You take a break from the league this week to play Curzon Ashton in the League Cup. The club reached the Final three years ago, is this a trophy you feel you are capable of winning?
This game is huge for us, as of course every team wants to win a trophy at the end of the season. The final is a great day out and we believe it's achievable! It's in our hands.
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