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After having suffered relegation at the end of last season, Guiseley Vixens have responded in the best possible way so far and lead the Northern Division One table by four points after victories over Chorley and Brighouse Town in the past week.
We talked to Guiseley captain Emily Scott, who praised her team's recent form as well as acknowledging the work put in by manager and coach, Glen Preston and Kyle O'Reilly, to turn the team's fortunes around:
WSS: Well done on a great win on Sunday, did the team's display reflect the result?
ES: I think so, we've been playing well of late, really moving teams around with our movement and creating chances. We would have liked a clean sheet to go with the three points so we were disappointed by that - but we ran away clear and deserved winners after 90 minutes.
WSS: It has been a really good start by Guiseley, have things gone as well or better than you expected?
ES: I think better than expected, it's always a risk bringing so many new players in - no matter how good those players are! I think it shows the desire and determination of the squad and the coaches to succeed this season that we have so quickly settled, starting to play some great football and getting results.
WSS: How determined is everyone at the club to put right what went wrong last season when you went down?
ES: I think everyone at club realised at the end of last season that we had to put it behind us and start afresh. We needed to rebuild, get back to basics and start enjoying our football again.
WSS: Have many changes been made since the end of last season, and has the arrival of players such as Sarah Danby been a big boost?
ES: The whole philosophy of the club has changed and that's testament to Glen and Kyle - they came in over the summer with a style of play that they believed would get results and fitted the personnel that we had. We also recruited very well - Sarah Danby is an example of that - but we were also able to retain players from the existing squad and bring in other talented players from across the region. All those players have boosted the club and we are starting to see how that confidence is positively affecting our football.
WSS: This week you take a break from the league to play Rotherham in the SSE Women's FA Cup, is it good to be taking on someone different from who you meet in the league?
ES: It's always good to have a cup match to break up the demanding league season. The girls are looking forward to our first FA Cup game as a group and we are determined to have a successful cup run!
WSS: Would a cup run therfore be good this season or is the focus solely on winning promotion?
ES: Our main focus is the league and we are only targeting promotion, anything less would be a disappointment. This doesn't mean that a cup run is out of the question!
WSS: Who do you see as being your main rivals in the promotion race?
ES: I think from the games we have played this season, Hull have a strong side, well organised and a home ground that makes it difficult for visiting sides. There is a long way to go and we aren't going to underestimate any team, we stick to our game plan, stick to our principles and take each game as it comes. We have come through a difficult part of the season with four games in two weeks, taking a maximum of 12 points! We will continue to take each challenge as it comes!
Our thanks to Emily!
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