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Larkhall Athletic have been involved in good runs in the FA Women's Cup in recent seasons and started off well this time around with a 2-1 local derby victory over Keynsham Development, leading to a First Round tie at home to Swindon Spitfires.
Larks captain Carly Symons talked to us about the win in which they came from behind to score two late goals, and how the team have been adapting to life at a higher level following promotion at the end of last season:
Another close Cup tie involving Larkhall, but I suppose it was the best time to score a winning goal?
Yes it was good for Harry [Emily Harrington] to get the winner in the last ten minutes because I didn't want the game to go to extra time! It was a well fought game and I think we deserved to win it, we all battled hard and showed a lot of passion on the pitch. We were lucky enough to get a winning goal before extra time.
Was it revenge for your defeat to Keynsham Development on the opening day of the season in the league?
Definitely! We lost at home to them in our first game and I think we deserved to win then but we didn't, so we got our payback this time. We had the majority of possession in the first half and could have put a few chances away to ease the pressure but their goalkeeper was really good and played well, she was player of the match I think.
And it was you who popped up to score the equaliser?
it was a fantastic cross from Emily - I saw her get into space and when she delivered it, I was free. I couldn't really miss it to be honest, it would have been bad for me if I had.
You are having a great season in front of goal this season, what has been the difference?
I really don't know! I don't normally get to score many but I'm on my third goal now this season, so hopefully I can put a few more away before the end.
That is now four wins in your last five matches, the team has taken a little while to adjust to Combination football but now they seem to have adapted well?
We didn't start off at our best and had an absolute thumping, 7-1 by a really good Plymouth side which I think made us wake up a bit and realise we had to train hard now and get going because the season is going to be tough. But give the girls a lot of credit, we've been to the gym and worked very hard on our fitness and on training nights as well and I think it's paid off, we're gelling together as a team now. We are getting some wins under our belts and are fourth in the table now, so it has been really good.
You won against Forest Green Rovers, who are always one of the top teams in the league and pushed Chichester City very close, so has the team's confidence grown as a result?
Yes, that is right. I think we've got to go into matches believing in ourselves instead of going out thinking we are in a tougher league than last year, which we have proved. We beat Forest Green 4-1 after going a goal down in the first half, just as we did against Keynsham Development, but we fought back and our fitness came through again and that is really pleasing.
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