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Carly Bryant praised the spirit of her Larkhall Athletic team mates after they staged a late fightback to beat St Nicholas 3-2 and go six points clear at the top of South West Division One.
Larkhall had looked to be on their way towards their first league defeat of the season as they trailed their local rivals with minutes remaining but experienced defender Bryant, who played top flight football with Bristol City, scored twice late on to complete her hat-trick.
"The determination of the players not to give up was incredible," Carly told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "We went 1-0 up, then we let them back in to go 2-1 down and to be honest, we weren't playing that well and they were in for the game.
"But we just kept going and kept going, missed a couple of chances and then we got the penalty and fortunately I scored. We kept going again and scored in the last minute - our attitude is brilliant, we just don't stop."
In their third season at this level, Larkhall have made their best start to a season with eight straight victories and Carly is convinced they are in the title battle for the long run. "We are unbeaten and want to keep that for as long as we can," she said. "We want to compete for the title.
"Our squad is brilliant, we've got good players on the bench and some not even playing today - everything is going really well for us at the moment."
On a personal note, Carly could reflect on the first hat-trick of her long career. "I'm allowed to take penalties, but it's not very often I'm allowed up there," she laughed. "I'm very happy with that and to come out afterwards and say that we won is brilliant."
Larkhall have no match this week but have a difficult run of fixtures coming up, a fact that Carly acknowledges: "We are away Southampton in our next game, so that will be tough, and we still have to play the harder games - well, we think the harder games but [St Nicholas] gave us a great game today, so we have to just keep going.
"Last year we were turning up to games with ten or eleven players and this time we've got sixteen. The whole squad is participating, everyone wants to play and everyone wants to win."
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