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Sporting Khalsa are having a fine season in FAWPL Midlands Division One and their 8-0 victory over Leicester City Ladies on Sunday has lifted them into second place in the table, the highest position in the club's history.
We talked to Khalsa defender Megan Wilton who admitted that the run of victories at the end of last season, which saw them narrowly avoid relegation, gave the team impetus going into this campaign and insisted that they are still in with a chance of challenging for promotion:
WSS: That was your biggest win of the season so far on Sunday, would you say it was your best performance as well?
MW: I think we've constantly seen our performance progress over the last few weeks regardless of the opposition in front of us. As a team we're improving game by game and I believe we've still got more to give too.
WSS: The result has taken you into second place and above your local rivals Wolves on goal difference, are you exceeding your expectations so far?
MW: We set ourselves a target at the start of the season that we haven't reached yet, so we're working hard to reach that to start with. I think if we look at last season, people would say we are exceeding expectations, but we've always known what we are capable of and how well we can play as a team.
WSS: After last season's ?great escape' from relegation, how determined was the club to avoid that scenario this time around?
MW: No one wants to be in a position where your safety is in another team's hands so we definitely don't want to be in that situation again this season. I also don't think my emotions can take it all over again! As an entire squad we've worked extra hard in pre-season with both teams to start the season off well, which we all have done.
WSS: Did the run at the end of last season give the players extra confidence as this season began?
MW: Most definitely. Everyone at Khalsa, including staff and all players, came back to pre-season with a positive mindset and the togetherness we had at the back end of the season has continued into this one. We were determined to keep that going throughout the season.
WSS: This week you travel to play Steel City Wanderers and a win might see you narrow the gap on Loughborough Foxes, how big an incentive is that for the team?
MW: Of course it's a big incentive, but we're keeping focused on our personal targets as a team. We know what we want to achieve as a starting point and then we can focus on the wider picture.
WSS: As things stand in the league right now, Loughborough Foxes and Wolves look like being the main title contenders, can you see it being that way?
MW: Everyone is beatable in this league, teams are picking up and losing points against unlikely opposition. So anything is possible, as proved last season. I don't see us being out of it at all yet, we still have to play both of those teams again and can catch them on points.
WSS: You now have more points than you achieved the whole of last season, what now do you feel would mean a really good season for Sporting Khalsa?
MW: We have a fantastic family of footballers here at Khalsa with both teams have already reached the number of points secured last season. We obviously want to develop as a squad, both teams to continue in their cup runs and finish as high in the table as possible. It would be the best season if both teams were to make the county cup final obviously!!
Our thanks to Megan!
(Photo - Josh Swetnam)
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