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Middlesbrough are back on top of the Northern Division One table following a 10-2 victory over Stockport County on Sunday.
We talked to 'Boro midfielder Sammie Leigh, who insisted that the team can improve on this performance and predicted a close title race between now and the end of the season:
WSS: That was an emphatic margin of victory on Sunday, do you think the scoreline reflected the team's performance?
SL: The team worked hard on Sunday, as we played a Stockport team that fights for everything, so we went out with a point to prove. We had patches of quality where we dominated, which usually ended with a goal, but we are still developing and concentrating on the areas that will allow us to progress both as an individual and a team.
WSS: Bianca Owens had an incredible game in front of goal, that is an amazing achievement to score eight times in a Premier League game?
SL: Bianca is a fantastic player and this is the second time this season that she has scored eight goals. The scary thing is she has the potential to be even better and this is just the start of things to come for her. If she keeps working hard she will achieve whatever goal she sets herself and we'll keep giving her the ball in order to do it.
WSS: The win puts you back on top of the table, was that the icing on the cake?
SL: It's always good to be top of the table, but the only thing that counts is where you are at the end of the season, so we'll just take one game at a time and work as hard as we can.
WSS: The team finished last season strongly, was it always the case of keeping that momentum going at the start of this season?
SL: This was a really important factor to having a good start this season and why we had some tough pre-season friendlies and a tough training schedule. Our preparation for the season was brilliant and we now need to maintain this throughout.
WSS: This week you take on Mossley Hill and a win would put you four points clear at the top, is that an extra incentive?
SL: Mossley Hill are a very tough team who also finished really strong last season holding us to a 2-2 draw. It will be a highly competitive fixture, which both teams will be desperate to win. Knowing that there's potential to go ahead will hopefully give us the edge required to get the result.
WSS: Who do you see as the teams who are likely to be your biggest challengers for promotion?
SL: Liverpool Feds are a strong team who will be looking for us to slip up and are only three points behind, along with Hull City who are doing really well in their first season back in this league. Anyone in the league is capable of beating each other and this is why taking a game by game approach is so important. Teams will slip up along the way for definite and we have a run of tough fixtures, but hopefully we have the quality to get the results we need.
WSS: How important do you think it is for a club like Middlesbrough to win promotion, if you can do it?
SL: Gaining promotion would have a huge impact on female football in the area. Currently having Reserves, U10's, U12's girls teams, with the aims to develop other age groups next year, along with the Centre of Excellence would provide further opportunities for females to develop and play at a higher level of the game. We have an aim to keep progressing as a club in order to provide more opportunities for all to play and gaining promotion will take us a step closer to do doing this.
Our thanks to Sammie!
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