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Brislington are setting the early pace in the South West League Premier Division and captain Sophie Whelan is convinced that the title race will stay a close one throughout the season.
On Sunday, the leaders won 3-0 against Frome Town but Sophie admits that it took a while for the team to get going. "There was a lot going on before the game on Sunday, which I feel made us start shakily in the first half," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "We didn't seem settled and weren't playing the type of football we set out to play.
"However I feel in the second half we gave a much better performance. We came back out settled and more confident, we started to get the ball down and play passing football and had good possession and created chances."
This is Brislington's second season in the top division and Sophie is confident that the team is better for last season' experiences. "I think that we learned a lot last season," she said. "As a team we are definitely stronger in the mind set we have. We have had the experience of the Premier Division and know what to expect this season.
"Last season we drew and lost games which maybe we should/could have won due to switching off for a split second and making silly mistakes, whereas this season everyone is switched on to that and know that we have to put 110% in for the whole 90 minutes and take our chances. So far this season we are happy with performances and results we have had.
"I think the title race will be very close all the way through to the end of the season. Already this season the results are mixed up and there isn't much between any of the teams. There are a lot of good teams in the league, so I can imagine it being a race right to the finish line."
Brislington take a break from the league this Sunday and will be up against Frome once agin, this time in the Pat Sowden Cup. Beaten finalists last year, Sophie insists the team are aiming to go one better this time: "Everyone loves a good cup run and it was a disappointing one to lose out on last year, so of course we will be looking to go all the way this year. Sunday we will go out with the same mind set we do with every game and that is to try and win the game ahead of us."
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