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C & K Basildon are having a fine first season in the South East Combination and are firmly amongst the title contenders.
Last Sunday they reached the semi finals of the League Cup with a 4-2 victory over Ipswich Town.
We talked to C & K captain Jenny Brown-Wealls, who is in her seventh season with the club and has been a major part of their success in recent campaigns. She spoke of her pride in their rise up the pyramid and hopes that things can continue in the future:
How pleased were you with the win over Ipswich on Sunday, considering you had drawn with them a few days earlier?
The win was very pleasing, especially after playing a tough game on Wednesday night (also against Ipswich). We were disappointed with the result on Wednesday as we felt we should have performed better so we wanted to bounce back strongly and get through to the semi finals with a good performance which we did.
Ideally, would it have been preferable to have won the league game?
Ideally you want to win every game and our main target for the season is to do as well as we can in the league but it was a difficult game and we made it hard by conceding two goals early in the second half, so to battle back and get the draw was a great demonstration of the character and determination we have in our squad. There is a long way to go in the league so that could prove to be a valuable point come the end of the season.
You are due to play QPR in the semi finals. It's a long way off but is that likely to be a good game?
Yes, I expect it to be a tough but good game. We played them recently and shared the points in a 0-0 draw but it was a very open game with both teams having chances so I think it will be a very tight game but if we play the way we know we can, I feel we will make it to the final.
How satisfied are you with the way the season has gone so far, have you exceeded your expectations following promotion?
We are very satisfied with the season so far and after the start we had to the season our expectations have increased significantly. We are second in the league but only by goal difference so we feel we have a great chance of winning the league if we can get the right results in the second half of the season. We are still in all three cup competitions including our best ever showing in the FA Cup, so we feel we have a great shot at being in at least one cup final come the end of the season.
Can you see it ending up as a two horse race or could other teams still have title hopes e.g. MK Dons and Norwich?
I don't think you can ever rule out the other teams below us, there is a long way to go and Norwich have a lot of games in hand still to play. We shared the points in our two games with them and they will be very difficult to beat, especially at home. We have yet to play MK Dons so those two games will be key for both teams. I think it could all still change with seven or eight games still to play but we know that if we perform to the standard we expect we have a great chance of winning all our remaining games.
This week you are away to Luton, do you see it as a chance to win and put pressure on your rivals?
The aim every week is to get the win, that's the most important factor for us and we try not to focus on what the other teams are doing and just concentrate on our own performances. We know that if we can do that consistently, the league will be in our own hands. If we can get the win on Sunday we will finish the year on top of the league which will be a great boost for us going into the second half of the season.
How much are you looking forward to playing West Ham in the FA Cup next month?
It should be a great game, the FA Cup is always a great competition and we have never reached the Third Round before so this is a great chance for us to impress. We have played West Ham several times over the last few years during pre-season and feel that we are getting closer every time. This will be a great chance to see what standard we really have reached and although its a very tough game we feel its winnable especially with home advantage.
You had a fantastic season last year, do you feel you are capable of at least matching that this season?
Last year was a brilliant one for the club, to get a league and cup double was a fantastic way to show how far the club has come in the last few years and is something great to build on. We are definitely capable of repeating that feat but there is still a long way to go in all competitions. We are in great shape but we have to keep that momentum and belief going into 2014.
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