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After having been relegated at the end of last season, Wolverhampton Wanderers have bounced back this season and are battling for the runners-up spot in Midlands Division One, boosting their chances with a 2-1 win over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies.
We talked to Wolves midfielder Amber Quick, who admitted that she would be satisfied with a second place finish if it can be achieved next season whilst aiming to go one better next time around:
WSS: How pleasing was it come out of a closely fought local derby on Sunday with the three points?
AQ: It was great to pick up the three points in such a well fought game, particularly after going a goal down. I felt we showed great determination and a great fight to get back into the game and in the end I felt we fully deserved the three points.
WSS: Were the team determined to make amends for the defeat by the same opponents a couple of weeks earlier?
AQ: Yes, I think all the girls were really disappointed to lose the game at home a couple of weeks earlier. We love playing at home and we feel we are a tough team to beat at our home ground so we were all really disappointed to go down 3-2. But I think this gave us the motivation to put it right and put a performance in and get the three points when we played them away from home! We knew they were a strong side so we knew we had to play well to beat them and luckily things went our way and we got the three points.
WSS: Are you confident now that the team can finish in the runners-up spot?
AQ: A second place finish is definitely our main target. We feel if we can continue this little run we are on then second place is more than achievable. We are determined to finish second and finish this season as strongly as possible. This will give us a good mentality ready for next season as our goal is to get back into the Northern Division.
WSS: In the next week you have to play important games against Solihull and Radcliffe Olympic, do you see these as potentially the decisive games in your attempts to finish second?
AQ: Yes the next two games are massive as Solihull and Radcliffe are both up there and are definitely two of the strongest teams in the league. Both games are away from home so both matches should be tough, but we are confident that if we keep playing like we are then we have a great chance of picking up the points.
WSS: You have had to play a lot of games in a short space of time, how tough has this been for the team?
AQ: It's always tough at this time of the season as there are usually lots of game to fit in - lots of rescheduled matches to play, often a midweek game and a weekend game. But that's what having a team squad is for; we have a good balanced squad of young up and coming talented players but also a few more experienced players. So I feel squad rotation is key when there are so many games to fit in. This keeps competition in the team very high, and gives everyone a chance to show what they can do.
WSS: If you were to finish as runners-up, would you see this as a good season overall?
AQ: Yes I feel finishing second would overall be a good solid season. Admittedly I think everyone would have loved to have gone straight back up but it's never that easy to bounce straight back, particularly as this Midland league already had so many strong sides in it. We have been in this league before so we knew it was going to be tough. I think finishing second should definitely be seen as a real positive and puts us in a strong position to kick on next season.
WSS: Do you think that the club can build on this season and challenge for the title next time around?
AQ: Yes definitely! Our number one goal next season would be to try and gain promotion. Now we have had a season back in this league we know what it's about and we know what it takes to win this league. Leicester have had a fantastic season and to possibly go unbeaten (we still have to play them) is a remarkable achievement. But we are confident that next year we could put a run together like this. We need to have a good pre-season and try and get a good start in the league and then we can kick on from there. We have some exceptionally talented young players, and this season they have really been able to show what they can do. The manager Steve Cullis really encourages the youngsters, and has given many of the younger girls first team opportunities this season. This is fantastic for the club, and it's great to see the younger talent coming through.
Our thanks to Amber!
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