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Larkhall Athletic went to the top of South West Division One on Sunday, following their 5-2 victory over Southampton Saints.
We talked to Larkhall striker Kate German, who was one of her team's goalscorers on Sunday, and whilst she was delighed with the win against Southampton, she predicted that the title battle will be a close one this season:
WSS: Results went very well for you on Sunday, including your own, how does it feel to be top of the table?
KG: Beating Southampton was a great result for us on Sunday and an important one at that, they are a very good organised side and we know that they are always one to beat. With the other results on Sunday it has worked in our favour, which always helps, but we're not relying on the results around us. We're staying focused on our own game and to keep on winning.
WSS: That makes two good wins in a matter of days; do you think that the results reflect the team's performances in those games?
KG: We've had two great wins against two good teams in a short space of time, it reflects what we have to give. We're showing we are great contenders for the league. We've started off scrappy in both games but still showing character scoring goals and coming out with the end result.
WSS: This has been your best start to a season since being promoted to this level, do you feel that the team is ready to make a serious title challenge?
KG: It's always been our aim to be within the top fove, but this season we feel we have the strength and depth within the squad to contend for top spot.
WSS: Have you done things differently from before or have any new players made a difference?
KG: We haven't carried out anything differently this season, last season we had times where we struggled, in particular travelling to Southampton with ten players. We've had interest this season and managed to sign on more players to strengthen the squad. This has made everyone up their game and work harder, showing everyone's true potential.
WSS: This week you take on Swindon Town in the FA Cup. After they beat you in the League Cup a few weeks ago, do you think you have a point to prove?
KG: Of course there's always a point to prove against Swindon Town, they're a well established team and have always been a great competitor for us. We made some changes in the League Cup and we will be working towards putting them right for the FA Cup. The girls are very much looking forward to the tie, as we know we always like to play in the FA Cup.
WSS: This time last year Swindon knocked you out of the cup on a lengthy penalty shootout, can you see this game being as close?
KG: The game will be very close, as it always is against Swindon Town. I wouldn't ever expect anything less from a tie from the two sides. We were very unlucky against Swindon last season, so to be drawn against them again, could make it our time.
WSS: Can you see the title race being a close one this season?
KG: The title race was a tight one last season and I can see it being exactly the same this season. There have been some surprising results so far and still some tough fixtures to play. We are hoping to be an awful lot closer than what we were last season. The team are really close at the moment and working hard to make improvements to every game. All we want is to win!
WSS: You have a lot of experience in the squad, do you reckon this will stand you in good stead in the title race?
KG: We've always had experience in the squad and of course this helps you along the way. We have a solid squad in which we all get on, which helps an awful lot. The goals are coming from all over the pitch which is showing what strengths we have within the squad.
Our thanks to Kate!
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