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AFC Wimbledon have opened up a lead of ten points in the London & South East League Premier Division but captain Jess Trimnell is not getting carried away with the way things are going.
After a number of years when they tumbled down the women's football pyramid, the club is resurgent once again and under the managership of Chris Lyons, are in a strong position to reclaim Premier League status once again.
The Dons strengthened their position in the league on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over London Corinthians, who had been the division's other unbeaten team, and Jess admitted to Women's Soccer Scene that they had been up against two opponents on the day. "We showed patches of good play but the weather conditions (high winds) made it an extremely difficult day for both sides to play proper flowing football," she said. "The one thing I was extremely happy with was our response to going a goal down. We showed great strength of character, belief in our own abilities, and above all a determination to not quit till that final whistle."
The Dons narrowly missed out on the title last season and this has been a source of inspiration this time around. "I don't feel we had a poor season last year," says Jess. "We only missed out on promotion due to a double header last game of the season! That's what spurred the girls on this season - we weren't going to leave our fate in anyone else's hands other than our own. We take each game as it comes and try to come away with maximum points."
So how confident is Jess that they can go all the way in the title race this season? "We look pretty strong at the halfway stage, ten points ahead of Carshalton in second place," she replies. "We do however still have to play them (Carshalton) twice and they have been tough opposition in the past. The girls have a great incentive to win this league, so I feel confident in our desire but football can be a funny game.
"When you are at the top everyone wants to knock you down; whether they're right below you or down at the bottom. It's starting to feel like every match is a Cup Final."
Not only are the first team doing well this season but so are the club's teams at the other age levels, so does the future look bright for the club after struggling for a few years? "It's fantastic!" says Jess. "There is a huge emphasis on developing talent within the club and locally.
"The results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by all the players, coaches and backroom staff that are the heart and soul of AFC Wimbledon. This club is going places; so keep your eyes on us."
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