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Southampton Women were one of two Regional League clubs to eliminate a Premier League side from the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday when they beat Shanklin 3-0.
We talked to Southampton captain Kirsty Bell, who was pleased with the team's performance on the day and also looking forward to the challenge of taking on Swindon Town in the First Round:
WSS: Well done on a great cup result, how pleased were you with the way the team played on Sunday?
KB: Really pleased! We didn't start great but settled down and played some really good football and controlled the game throughout.
WSS: Did the team go into the game confident of claiming a Premier League scalp?
KB: Yes. We knew it was going to be a hard game but we prepared well, trained hard and knew that if we played how we know we can, then we were confident of getting the win.
WSS: All three goals came during the first half, were you comfortable or nervous from that point?
KB: We were comfortable and looked to score more. We created a good few chances and our keeper wasn't really tested. We just continued to play our game and kept attacking but unfortunately didn't convert any more. Happy with the three goals and clean sheet though.
WSS: In the First Round draw you have been paired with Swindon Town, how much are the players looking forward to that game?
KB: Very much so. The whole squad are really looking forward to it and testing ourselves against a team two leagues above. We know it will be a really hard game and a massive test but these are the games you want to be involved in. The club as a whole are looking forward to what hopefully will be a good game where we can give a good account of ourselves.
WSS: This week you are involved in the County Cup, do you see this as a competition you have a real chance of winning this season?
KB: Obviously our aim is to win every game in any competition we enter and so far so good, but we know there are other strong teams who also are out to win it.
WSS: Presumably your number one concern is the league though, can you see the title race being a close one in what is a strong looking division?
KB: The league is our priority and promotion is the goal this season. We have had a great start to the season after only just being promoted, but it will definitely be close come the end. It is a strong division with teams like Chesham, Marlow and Oxford City also pushing at the top but hopefully we can continue to be successful and keep improving as a team.
WSS: Southampton is a club with a proud past and history, what would it mean to everybody there if you were to make it to the Premier League?
KB: It would mean everything to everyone involved at the club. We have a lot of people who put in a lot of hard work and efforts so it would be a reward to the club as a whole and not just the team. There is a long way to go though so we will keep training hard and hopefully enjoy another successful season.
Our thanks to Kirsty!
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