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Spartans have got off to a good start in SWPL 1 and their 3-1 victory over Forfar Farmington sees them sit on top of the table after the opening matches.
We talked to striker Michelle Russell who is delighted with the team's start to the new campaign and hoping to improve on last season's fifth place finish:
WSS: How pleased were you with the team's performance when beating Forfar Farmington on Sunday?
MR: Very pleased! We have had the best possible start; 2 games, 2 wins, 6 points and sit top of the table so there are no complaints from our changing room. I think I am more pleased that the team are identifying areas we still want to improve, so we continuously grow as a unit.
WSS: Was it particularly important to build on the excellent win at Aberdeen the previous week?
MR: In this league every game is important. Aberdeen finished above us last year so it was important not to get ahead of ourselves. Forfar are a good side who fought extremely hard in the second half of 2015 and rightly deserve to be in this league, so I am glad nobody took their foot off the gas and we got the three points we set out for.
WSS: Even though it is obviously early days, it must be nice and look and see Spartans on top of the table?
MR: We have booked our open top bus and made the council aware of the parade. Ha! Of course it is nice but we are a new team, new management and going to take each game as it comes.
WSS: With all the changes in management and players since the end of last season, do you feel that the team is gelling together nicely?
MR: Yes! It's been great to see us start pre-season as a team of individuals to kicking off the season as a team that work together. I still believe we still have a bit to go but that only means we will become stronger surely?
WSS: This week you switch to the League Cup and meet Aberdeen again, presumably you are expecting another tough game?
MR: Aberdeen were missing a few key players and will be hurting from when we played them in the league, so we expect this game to be a lot tougher than a few weeks ago. Nevertheless we too are ready to step up our game and I expect this game to be an excellent advert for Scottish Women's Football.
WSS: What do you think would represent a good season for Spartans, do you have any targets?
MR: Spartans have one of the best facilities and background staff in the league so we must always aim high as a team and a club. Balancing that with finishing fifth last season, if we are in the top four then it would be successful, however we will aim to be as high up the table as possible. We will take each game as it comes and make targets as we go.
WSS: Can you see the league being a closer one all round this season?
MR: Yes, this season is going to be the most competitive yet. Six teams have already dropped points so each team should go into every game with a lot of belief.
Our thanks to Michelle!
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