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We talk to...Rachel Stowell (Keynsham Town)
 Women's Football News 18 Oct 2013
 
We talk to...Rachel Stowell (Keynsham Town) - 18 Oct 2013 - Women's Football NewsKeynsham Town recorded their first victory and points of the season in the Southern Division when they defeated West Ham Utd 4-1 on Sunday, after having lost their opening five matches since winning promotion from the South West Combination last season. 
 
Former England international midfielder Rachel Stowell, who has joined Keynsham this season, talked to us about the win and how she feels the team can build on the result in future weeks: 
 
Has that result been coming for a little while?
Yes - for the last few weeks we've done really well, we battled to the end. Last week against Cardiff, it was a penalty 40 seconds from the end that beat us and we deserved a point. It's been coming and we've got the goals this time - we have got the three points and I think we've deserved it.

Even though you haven't been winning games, Leanne Lapham has still been scoring goals for you?
Leanne has done really well playing up front on her own, she has held the ball up well and scored some good goals. All in all it was a good result for us and should give us a lot of confidence going into the next game against Chesham this Sunday.

Even though it is still early in the season, is this week's game against Chesham already a six-pointer?
I think every game we play is a six-pointer. We don't look at where other teams are in the league, we go out to win the game no matter who they are but at the end of the day, they are down at the bottom with us. But we've just got to go out and win our games and if we can beat them and beat the teams around us, we'll be fine.

You're a famous name within the women's game and achieved so much in your career, how are you enjoying being back in the Premier League again?
It's been good. It's taken a while to get back into it but I'm enjoying it. The girls are really good and made me feel welcome since I joined, then we won against West Ham so I'm even happier!

Is it nice to have younger girls to do your running though?
Yes, I think I've put the average age up by around fifteen years but it has been really good!

The team at Keynsham has been rebuilt from last season with not many of the old squad left. Has it taken time for the team to gel together with so many new players?
Probably, I wasn't here last season so I don't know whether they were good enough or not. It always takes a while but thats not an excuse, obviously the more you play together the better it is but we train twice a week and have good coaches. We've got a good mix of players, we'll have shocked a lot of people with the West Ham result but only those outside our club because we knew it was coming.


 
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