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Lowestoft Town added another great result to what has been a fantastic season so far when they defeated Luton Town 2-1 in the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday.
The Eastern Region League side have won every match so far during the campaign and the Third Round draw brought further reward to them, pairing them with Millwall Lionesses.
We talked to Lowestoft captain and defender Kate Pasque, who shared her delight over the result and the draw but also admitted that winning the league remains the club's top priority in the remainder of the season, after going so close last time around:
Well done on a fantastic win on Sunday, how difficult a match was it for you against Premier League opponents?
Thank you. The game on Sunday was definitely our toughest game yet. Luton were stronger and faster than any opposition we've come up against before. They knew how to reshape quickly and we had to step up another level to match that throughout the game.
Did the team approach the match full of confidence, given your winning record this season?
Definitely! We knew it was going to be a hard game and we knew we were underdogs. But it's the third FA Cup game in a row that we've gone into as underdogs and all the girls thrived on that. The teams focus in training improved and every player on the day believed we could go out and win the game. The support and confidence from the crowd added to our own belief and really did push us to keep going for the second goal.
Does the fact that you had to come from behind make it an even better victory?
In the First Round against London Corinthians, we came back from behind with 5 minutes to go and the atmosphere was amazing. To go and do that again in front of 200+ home supporters was a feeling not many of us girls have experienced on the pitch before and a victory we will always remember.
The draw has landed you a plum game against Millwall Lionesses, no doubt the team will be relishing that challenge?
I don't think we could have asked for a better draw. Millwall are of the highest standard we could have drawn in this round and as soon as we found out, the whole team was buzzing. All the girls want to put in extra training and work on new plays and shape to give Millwall an entertaining game.
Do you think that this cup run is going to help with your title challenge in the league?
Yes, definitely. We have a big squad, so still being involved in all the cups is a good chance to rotate the team. As the season has progressed, the more games we play, the more organised we're becoming as a team and the quality of the football is also improving. The cup run has taught us to take our chances in front of goal as against harder opposition, there are fewer chances. This is something we now take into our league games, and it is highlighted by the amount of goals we are scoring this season.
Did you go into the season confident of doing well or have you exceeded expectations so far?
During pre-season we were more determined as a team this year. We knew we let promotion slip last season and knew what we had to do to work towards it this season. David worked us hard in pre season and coaching input from Brad, Bex and Paige also prepared us well as a team. I think our confidence this season is coming from the togetherness of the team. The girls are enjoying every game we play and there are a lot of big characters that keep the confidence and morale high.
There are still a few other teams in the title race right now, can you see it remaining a close one?
I think the title will be between three teams. We still have a lot of the higher teams to play and we know from last year's mistakes that we have to treat every game the same. Confidence is high, but our feet are still on the ground and we will continue to improve our game every week to challenge for the title. We know we have a great club behind us and the support from Gary, David and the entire club motivates us even more to bring success to the club.
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