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Cheltenham Town are having a rather bizarre season results wise, but their 4-1 victory over Shanklin on Sunday suggests that the team is very much heading in the right direction.
After losing all of their opening six games, the Gloucestershire side have completely turned around their form and four wins in the last five have moved them up into mid-table and they are now setting their sights on the top half in South West Division One.
We talked to Cheltenham captain Jen Brown-Wealls who admitted that consistency was the key to their upturn in fortunes, and that she is very optimistic about the club's future:
WSS: Sunday was your biggest win of the season so far, was it amongst your best performances as well?
JBW: Yes I think so, we created so many chances the scoreline should have been much more in our favour. We have been playing and training really well since coming back from Christmas and we have kept our form from last year.
WSS: How high is the team's confidence after five wins in the last six matches?
JBW: Confidence is really high which is a major factor in our recent form - we are more positive and confident in the style we are playing and finally we are seeing the results.
WSS: This comes after a nightmare start in which you lost your opening nine games, has anything in particular been changed to help turn your fortunes around?
JBW: I don't think anything other than having a consistent squad, early on in the season we had players missing each week through injury or other commitments so it was hard to get into a rhythm and even though we were playing well, we couldn't quite turn it into wins. Over the last two months, we have been able to have largely the same 14/15 every week, which has been reflected in our results.
WSS: A lot of new players were signed during the summer, is it fair to say that it took a while for the team to settle in?
JBW: The new players we have settled in really well, we are a friendly and welcoming team and they all fitted in straight away.
WSS: You don't play this week but then have a home game against Brislington, how much is the team looking forward to that one?
JBW: We wish we didn't have to wait a week! Confidence is high and we are keen to play and keep our form going so everyone is really looking forward to it. They are new to our league this year, so it will be a new challenge for us.
WSS: This run of form has put you in with a good chance of a top half place and you are still in the county cup, do you think that would represent a good season when considering your start?
JBW: Yes definitely, we have finished in the bottom half for the last two seasons, improving each year but we have seen a big improvement this year and we are playing well enough to challenge the teams above us. We also made it to the County Cup final last season, losing to Forest Green, so it would be a great achievement to go one better and win it this year.
WSS: Cheltenham is a club which has always had a lot of potential, how confident are you that this can be achieved in the future?
JBW: I feel really confident, we have a great set up with a lot of people doing things behind the scenes to move us forward. We also have a great group of players in both our squads that have the potential to keep improving each year.
Our thanks to Jen!
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