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Luton Town are having a good season in the FAWPL South East Division One and Sunday's 3-0 victory over Denham Utd keeps them in the hunt for a top two place.
We talked to Luton defender Rachel Carter, who has recently taken over the captain's armband in the absence of Shanice Jiminez who is out injured with a hairline fracture of her shoulder. She was pleased with the Denham result and also insisted that the future of the club is a very bright one:
WSS: How important a result did you see the win on Sunday?
RC: Sunday was a crucial game for us to win if we want to compete to finish in the top three this season. We know we need to beat the teams below us and to win 3-0 was indeed a great result.
WSS: Do you think that the 3-0 scoreline reflected the game overall?
RC: In fairness we could have scored another 3 or 4 goals with the chances that we had but we failed to convert. In terms of Denham's performance, 3-0 was a good result because Denham are a strong side and difficult to break down. Even the Denham manager admitted afterwards he would not have had any complaints if the score had been 5 or 6 nil.
WSS: Do you still believe that you have a chance of challenging for the title?
RC: Unfortunately, we may have dropped too many points in games where we should have won or drawn. For example, we competed against league leaders Crystal Palace both home and away effectively. However, we lost both games by the odd goal, on reflection we should have at least taken a point in each game. Luton have an excellent chance of competing for a position in the top three which will be an improvement on last season. Next season we will aim to compete for the title again.
WSS: This week you play Cambridge Utd who are level on points with you, is this as important a game as you have had this season?
RC: Cambridge are level on points but we do have three games in hand which is an important aspect to consider. We know we need to treat every game as equally important. If we can win all of our remaining games it would be great to secure a position in the top three. Cambridge are strong defensively, therefore we always seem to find it hard to play them and games between the two teams are usually close. We are confident that we can gain the three points at home this weekend.
WSS: Overall, how you feel the season has gone for Luton Town?
RC: Our squad is so much stronger and the additional players that have joined this season have added to the ability, character and motivation within the team. We are in the final of the County Cup and aim to reclaim the cup this season not having won it for the past three years!
WSS: Have there been many changes from last season, for what has been a strong division?
RC: I view the league this year as being a much stronger and difficult league than last season, so to be within the top four all season shows an indication that our team has improved.
WSS: Based on your progress this season, do you think that the future is bright for the club?
RC: Without a doubt yes! It is looking bright! We have a fantastic management and coaching team to support the players and the bond within the group is clearly expressed on the pitch and in all of our performances. We have a good blend of experience and youth within the group. We are especially pleased about the progress of the younger members of the group, who have shown a great deal of maturity despite only just coming out of youth football. They will only get better with experience. We have every chance of winning the league next season and aim to finish this season on a high.
Our thanks to Rachel!
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