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Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies continued their superb run of league form, stretching their winning run to nine matches after beating Solihull Ladies 4-2 on Sunday.
We talked to captain Lucy Gimson, who was full of praise for the club's excellent run whilst also setting her sights on continuing that improvement in the future:
WSS: How pleased were you with the team's performance in beating Solihull on Sunday?
LG: It was a scrappy game and we found it tough to grip possession and play our usual through the thirds flowing football, however we utilised our power and pace up top and out wide to great effect and subsequently we are really happy with the comfortable win. Really happy with our defence too and how organised we were. The Solihull game is always a game that both teams look forward to, we're all friends but at the end of the day it's a local derby!
WSS: That makes it nine leagues wins in a row now, surely the team must be bursting with confidence going into each match?
LG: Absolutely! We're very confident and happy and that's down to the club's togetherness, players and staff, it's a key part of the confidence and style of football we are playing.
WSS: Is there any particular reason for such a turnaround in results, were any changes made or did things just gel together?
LG: It's fair to say that by our usual standards we had a poor start to the season, we had a new manager and several new players, players that hadn't had any FAWPL experience either, this took time to gel but as I mentioned above, this winning streak and change in results has come from hard work from all involved, playing and non playing staff to alter the loosing mentality into a winning one. We were playing awfully and we lacked organisation and so many mistakes were costing us, that ultimately impacts on confidence and we were going into games fearing the game. So much hard work, time and effort from all involved in our wonderful family that is BWMLFC has changed this mindset and ultimately now we're flying, bursting with confidence but still working hard to ensure our run continues.
WSS: The Solihull win takes you up to third place, would you say that is better than you would have anticipated at this stage?
LG: Before the season started we wanted to better our finishing position last season, but actually we were fearful with such a poor start. However now we are playing like we know we can and reaping the rewards of that hard work and team spirit shown to turn the season around we believe and are aiming for a top three finish at least. In hindsight, we look back at some of those games and think if we played that fixture now, we'd be looking to put some pressure on Wolves and Foxes.
WSS: This week you take on Radcliffe Olympic who are one of the teams to have beaten you this season, does that give the team a little extra incentive going into the game?
LG: Absolutely! Radcliffe are doing well and are in and amongst the top half so we take every game as it comes, we look to develop a couple of areas we know need ironing out and we look to have that confidence and team spirit as well as work ethic that ensured the three points against Solihull.
WSS: You still have to play Loughborough Foxes twice but, realistically, are you aiming for a third place finish?
LG: Like I said, we are just taking every game as it comes, working on some development points and ensuring the confidence in the squad continues and most importantly the family and team ethic remains. Foxes have done fantastically so far and we very much look forward to playing them, they are a well organised unit and are a threat going forward. We're excited to play them and look to finish as high as we possibly can.
WSS: Do you feel confident that this momentum can be taken into next season and the team can be amongst the main challengers?
LG: Squads change due to players health, work and general life commitments, if we are able to maintain the same squad, with a couple of additions we'd absolutely be looking to challenge next season. The committee and management are already making plans and working towards progressing the club as a whole. We look forward to finishing as high as we can this season and will look to build upon that! This club has a special togetherness and family atmosphere and maintaining that will ensure no matter what we will always be successful.
Our thanks to Lucy!
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