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Lewes advanced to the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a 10-0 victory over London & South East League side Fulham FC Foundation.
We talked to Rookettes captain Kelly Newton, the club's longest serving and most successful player having lifted seven trophies since 2003. She praised her team for their finishing against Fulham whilst looking forward to the next round, where they will play either Loughborough Foxes or Guiseley AFC Vixens:
WSS: Fulham FC Foundation had already knocked out two Premier League sides in the Cup, did that make the team even more focused and ready for this match?
KN: Yes, we knew Fulham would be a decent side and their form in the previous rounds showed that we could not afford to underestimate them.
WSS: Did you go into the game looking for an early goal, and do you think that scoring one turned out to be highly significant?
KN: We talked about starting with a high tempo and if we could get an early goal, it would help us to relax.
WSS: Were you pleased with the team being so clinical in front of goal, especially in the first half?
KN: Yes, we have been guilty of missing too many chances so far this season, so it was nice to bury a few against Fulham. We need to carry this on for the rest of the season.
WSS: Were there any worries of rustiness or lack of match practice going into the game, seeing that you hadn't played since late November?
KN: Not playing for such a long period is far from ideal but the gaffer has trained us hard throughout November and December, so we were confident our fitness wouldn't be an issue.
WSS: Your reward is a trip to either Loughborough Foxes or Guiseley AFC Vixens, do you see this as a possible opportunity to get through to the Fourth Round?
KN: With the introduction of the WSL2 teams into the Third Round, we feel the draw has been relatively kind to us. We would have preferred a home draw but we go into the game knowing if we perform to our best, we have a good chance of progressing to the next round.
WSS: This week you return to the league and a home game with Cardiff City, presumably the Cup win should give you a big boost of confidence for this match?
KN: A win last weekend has boosted our confidence but Cardiff are a completely different prospect. In my opinion they are the best side we have played so far this season, so we know we are going to need all of our players at their best to get the result we desire.
WSS: If you can win your games in hand, a challenge for sixth place is not out of the question. Would you see that as a good achievement and a good season?
KN: Sixth place would be an improvement on last season, so we would be relatively happy with that finish. At the start of the season I would have hoped for better but injuries have really taken their toll. However we have a very healthy pipeline of players coming through the pathway so the future looks really good.
Our thanks to Kelly!
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