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We talk to...Laura Walker (Preston North End)
 Women's Football News 30 May 2014
We talk to...Laura Walker (Preston North End)  - 30 May 2014 - Women's Football NewsPreston North End achieved the highest finish in their history when they defeated Bradford City 5-0 on Sunday to take the runners-up position in the Northern Division. 
Preston captain Laura Walker talked to us about her delight at finishing second this season and revealed that they are already setting their sights on further progression next time around: 
How pleasing is it to have finished as runners-up in the league this season?
It has been very pleasing finishing runners-up this season. We have had quite a few changes within the club in the past few seasons and I think to finish second, which is a club record for us, shows us that the changes have been positive and we as a club are moving forward.

You certainly clinched it in style with a 5-0 win against Bradford City, does the scoreline reflect the team's performance?
There were a few great individual goals that were worthy of winning any game but I felt we always had control of the game and it was great to end the season and clinch second with such an emphatic scoreline.

Six wins in the last eight games including two against Bradford and only Sheffield beat you, was there any particular reason for the team's good run of form?
I don't think so, no we have picked up quite a few injuries towards the end of the season so I think it's a credit to the squad as a whole that the manager has been able to shuffle things around and bring younger squad members in from our development squad and we have still been able to pick up points and win.

Is there anyone in particular in the team who was been playing well during that time?
I think the squad as a whole have worked really well together and everyone has done the job that has been asked of them. It also helps that we have several players that can go and get us goals, Gemma Watson, Katie Anderton, Mel Ball and Keeleigh Savage have all weighed in with goals in the last six or so games.

Has there been any significant difference this season in the way the team has played?
The manager has a way that he wants us to play and we try and stick to that game plan as much as possible. The difference this season is that when we haven't played well we have still been able to grind out results and pick points up.

Runners-up in the league, League Cup semi finalists, Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup and County Cup winners, would you say that represented a really good season for Preston?
Yeah I think we are all pretty happy with that! We would have taken that at the beginning of the season, my biggest disappointment of the season is losing the semi final of the League Cup. It was played under 48 hours after our Cup Final win and we didn't make a very good account of ourselves, which was a shame.

Do you think that the club can build on this and narrow the gap on Sheffield next season?
That's the aim for next season - progression in the cups and to close the gap on Sheffield. They are a great side and deserve their point margin over the rest of us but hopefully next season we can challenge them and I am looking forward to those two fixtures against them next season.

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