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Keynsham Town have reached a national semi final for the first time in the club's history, after they won 4-0 against Loughborough Students in the quarter finals of the Premier League Plate on Sunday.
Keynsham are also heavily involved in the promotion race in FAWPL South West Division One, currently lying in third place as they bid to regain their Southern Division status which they lost at the end of last season.
We talked to Keynsham full back Hannah Davies, who has been a regular member of the side this season after returning from a short spell in America. Whilst delighted with the performance and result on Sunday, she also insisted that they can also push hard for a serious title challenge as well:
WSS: Well done on a great result at Loughborough on Sunday, how does it feel to be in the semi finals of the Plate?
HD: I am really pleased that we have progressed so far as it gives the team a chance to play against teams that we would not normally play against in our league. I have played Coventry and Enfield quite a few times before, so maybe a home draw against Newcastle would be good.
WSS: How good a performance was it from the team on the day?
HD: The Loughborough game was one of the best team performances of the season. One of those games where everyone, regardless of their position, contributed something to the outcome of the game.
WSS: You've certainly travelled the country in this cup run, but do you think this has actually helped the team to bond together?
HD: Yes I do! The team really enjoyed their visit to Norwich earlier in the cup. This needed an overnight stay, which helped the players relax and enjoy some down time together.
WSS: Presumably though, you would like a home tie in the semi finals?
HD: A home tie would be nice. A good performance and result would be better!
WSS: Looking beyond the cup run, do you still feel that you can win the league this season?
HD: Mathematically there are still a number of clubs that will have a say in who will finish on top. If we can do well in all of our remaining games, then the outcome is still just about in our hands.
WSS: This week you play league leaders Larkhall, which will also be a local derby match. Do you see this as your biggest game of the season so far?
HD: Every game from now until the end of the season will have to be played like a cup final. It is that close at the top of this league that one slip and any of the teams could be out of the race. The pressure is on all of the teams at the top and it all adds to the excitement and enjoyment of the games.
WSS: On a personal note, how have you found it at Keynsham after your year away in America, do you feel you are a better player now?
HD: Mentally and physically I am a much stronger player now. America taught me a lot about myself. It challenged me in so many ways, not just on the football field.
WSS: How important do you think it is for a club like Keynsham to regain their top division status after going down last season?
HD: As with all the girls at Keynsham, I love the game and I love playing at the highest level I can. If we can return to the Southern League it will mean that we would be testing ourselves against some of the strongest players playing in the winter season.
Our thanks to Hannah!
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