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We talk to...Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire (Chichester City)   Share This 
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South West News - 18 Feb 2017
WPL Division 1 South West News - We talk to...Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire (Chichester City) - 18 Feb 2017 - Women's Football NewsChichester City have enjoyed a good week with victories over Southampton Saints and Maidenhead Utd to put themselves into a commanding position in the FAWPL South West Division One table.
We talked to Chichester full backs Lucie Challen and Lauren Cheshire, who were delighted with the performance against Southampton in particular but warned against complacency as they look to secure the title:
WSS: It's been a really good few days for Chichester with two victories, did you see the games as particularly important in putting pressure on your rivals?
Lucie: Southampton was a really big game for us considering they are the only team we've dropped points from this season. We needed to prove to the rest of the league, we're continually working hard together and our goal is to win the league and that means dropping no points at this stage in the season. Again Sunday against Maidenhead we needed to prove that we were again working hard showing our efforts in our fitness and grind to win, which again was showed from all the girls.
Lauren: Yeah, I think the last two games have been a really important to put the pressure on Plymouth. But the hard work is going to continue as we know we cannot take our foot off the gas.
WSS: To win 8-0 against a previously unbeaten side, who are the only team to take points off you, was a very impressive result, would you say that it was one of your best performances of the season?
Lauren: Obviously playing Southampton is a special game just due to it being a derby. But to beat them by that scoreline is a great feeling. We played well but there are still areas that we can sharpen up on. It didn't help not having a game for 3-4 weeks.
Lucie: It was definitely one of our best recent performances but all of our games will matter from this point. It's the same effort we put into every game so it was just a surprise for us to win by that many goals. We have the quality but we still have to remain focused and not get complacent.
WSS: How big a boost to the team have the arrival of players such as Molly Clark and Charley Wilson-Blakely been?
Lucie: They have brought the experience of the higher leagues into our team and showed us the level of professionalism we need in the team for potentially next season. And it helps that they are both getting on the scoresheet!
Lauren: They are two great players that bring a great professional attitude. They are well known in the game and are respected by the whole team. Another player that has had a huge impact for us is Cherelle Kassal. Molly has an incredible passing range as well as being able to find the back of the net. Charley is an 'engine ' and a leader - aside from her work rate, she is a scoring machine. And Cherelle, well she has to be fastest female footballer I have ever seen!
WSS: This week you travel to Exeter City who are battling to get out of the bottom two, how important is it that the team avoids any complacency for this game?
Lauren: Exeter are going to want to stay up in this league, I went to watch them play Southampton recently and they are a club that's getting better as the season is going on. We will travel and remain as professional as we always do and play like we have in our recent games.
Lucie: We treat every game the same. We've been in this situation before and maybe not got the results that we should have or wanted in past seasons so we learn from our mistakes and we will show Exeter that we won't take our foot off the gas.
WSS: You still have to play Plymouth and Keynsham before the end of the season, do you see these as the two most important matches now?
Lucie: We can't afford to drop any points from now on. They will be tough games but at the end of the day it will come down to who wants it more and we have that motivation in our team.
Lauren: Obviously they are massive games for us but looking at the fixtures, they have a few tough games too. Keynsham and Southampton have the ability to take points off people as we have seen. 
WSS: You've been really close to the title in recent seasons, what would it mean if you were to go all the way and win it this time?
Lucie: Personally I've been through a lot with this club, and we have missed out on getting promotion for the last two seasons. But you can't fault how far we have progressed as a team and club. We've got a decent team of girls this season who are all there for the same reason, all working hard and all enjoying themselves. It would mean the world to all the girls and the manager. And if we do this it will be a massive accomplishment for everyone. You only dream of winning the league and what a feeling it would be so hopefully we can make this happen.
Lauren: I have been at the club for nearly four years now and we have been close twice. This year is very different, we are a lot more organised and professional. The organisation and support for the club to the players is amazing, we have fans that travel everywhere with us as well as the fans we get through the gate at Oaklands Park. This year we have worked hard and deserve to go up.
WSS: If you can achieve promotion, are you confident that Chichester can build on this and be a force at the higher level?
Lucie: We have proved that Chichester is a welcoming club by the amount of players who have come in this season and last season and we've all gelled well together. This proves that if we did gain promotion, I think a lot will look at Chichester as a nice club to be. We've got the quality, ability and work ethic to be playing in the league above so I don't see why we can't also make a big statement on that league as well! There's no army...like the green army.
Lauren: 100%, with player retention and gaining other players through achievement, I think we have to ability to continue to climb the ladder.
Our thanks to Lucie and Lauren!

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