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Swindon Town have raced clear at the top of the South West Combination in recent weeks and underlined their good form by beating second placed Forest Green Rovers 4-0 on Sunday, their fifth league win in a row.
We talked to Swindon striker Ellie Maynard and she revealed the surge of confidence that a winning run brings and the expectations at the club this season:
That was a great result in a top of the table clash, how well did the team play to achieve this?
It was a top performance by everyone, I don't think the management could have asked for more. Kim, Jase and Robbo worked us hard in the weeks leading up it and the girls took this attitude into the game and we really deserved the result we got.
Was it ample revenge for the two defeats you suffered to Forest Green earlier in the season, when they scored three times on each occasion?
I think so, obviously we all would have liked it to be more just to really show it to them and we had enough chances to make it more, but we matched what they did to us and added one more!
Since those two games with Forest Green, you have won five matches on the trot. Do you think there has been any particular reason for your good form?
I feel we weren't settled with a team so the management were still trying things out. Since then though, we've signed a few new players and all found our form and the more we play the better we perform. We all believe we can win this league now so we want to show how good we really are.
You are now eight points clear although the teams below have games in hand. Are you confident you can keep the run going?
Yes, if we all continue performing how we have recently, of course we can! If the teams below won their next games we would be one point clear, so this gives us the motivation to increase that gap and go on to win it.
Who do you see as your biggest rivals in the title race?
Right now I would say Plymouth, but we are yet to play Chichester who are doing alright themselves.
Swindon have always been one of the better sides in the Combination, what has been the difference this time around?
Being taken over by the community office made a huge difference. The encouragement and support we get now is incredible and it brings us all closer as a team which in turn improves our overall performance.
This week you travel to play Southampton Saints, are you expecting a tough game down there?
All the games in our league could go either way but with how we've been playing lately, I think we will get a comfortable win. With due respect to Saints there is a big difference in our league positions.
If you can keep going and land the title, what do you think it would mean to the club?
Winning the title is huge this season. The community have big expectations of us and we are more than capable of fulfilling them. It would mean a lot to give something back to them, seeing as they have given a lot to us this season.
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