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Loughborough Foxes' quest to be promoted back to the Northern Division has got off to the best possible start, with two convincing victories in their opening matches, including a 7-1 win against Solihull Ladies on Sunday.
We talked to Foxes striker Laura Steele, who admitted that the club is determined to overcome the heartbreak they suffered at the end of last season and are setting their sights on getting back as quickly as they can:
WSS: Well done on a great start to the season, how pleased have you been with the way the team has played?
LS: Thanks, we are pleased about how we have started, not just the results but the way we have played, doing the things that we have worked on in training from last year and the start of this season.
WSS: How determined is everyone to regain Northern Division status after going down last season?
LS: We were devastated to go down last year, on such a small margin and particularly after the way we developed as a team throughout the season. We were quite comfortable in that league but just couldn't get a few results to go our way. Looking at our squad this season, I think it is stronger in terms of depth so we should have a real chance at going straight back up this year.
WSS: The club has signed a number of new players during the summer, how well have they settled in?
LS: They have all settled in really well. We lost a couple of key players over the summer but we have added more players that will bring quality all over the pitch and we probably offer a little more as a whole squad this time. The competition for places is high which should keep raising the standard on the pitch.
WSS: Audrey Moore had a fantastic day on Sunday with four goals, but is this a team which can contribute goals from all over the pitch?
LS: Yes, she had a great game but the team overall played really well to create chances in different areas. We had goals coming from central midfield and out wide too and I think it's definitely an area we will be strong in this year, particularly with our confident start to the season, players are buzzing and eager to get on the scoresheet.
WSS: This week you play Leicester City Ladies in the League Cup, would a cup run similar to last year be ideal?
LS: We really enjoyed the cup run last year as it was a welcome distraction at times from the battle in the league. I'm not sure it will be a big focus this time round as our main target is to gain promotion again.
WSS: Who do you see as being the main contenders for promotion in Midlands Division One this season?
LS: Besides ourselves, I would think that Wolves, Radcliffe and maybe Rotherham will be strong but it is difficult to tell season to season as players move clubs quite frequently. We lost our captain to Wolves so I am sure she will be gunning for promotion as well!
WSS: The club as a whole is a strong one with three teams as well as a thriving junior section, how far potentially do you think this club can go?
LS: I think we have a really strong set up and have just added another senior team so the standard of our reserve team is higher than it's ever been which is really exciting and will help with player development and getting players game time at a good standard. If we regain promotion then there is no reason why we shouldn't be the number one club in Leicestershire. We have great facilities at Loughborough University and Loughborough College and the coaching team throughout the club is really strong.
Our thanks to Laura!
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