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Liverpool Marshalls Feds moved into fifth place in Northern Division One with a 4-0 victory over Leeds Ladies on Sunday and, with games in hand, can still make up ground on the teams above them.
We talked to captain Chantelle Thompson, who scored one of the goals against Leeds, who admitted that she is pleased with the team's recent form and insisted that they could still launch a late challenge for a top two place:
WSS: Well done on your result on Sunday, do you think that the 4-0 scoreline reflected the game as a whole?
CT: I think we dominated the game and controlled possession. We had three cleared off the line and a couple of chances we probably should have done a bit better with, so the scoreline could have been more but to be fair to Leeds, they forced our keeper into pulling off two tremendous one-on-one saves, so they could have grabbed a couple themselves.
WSS: That makes it ten goals in two games against teams in the top half, has there been any particular reason for the team hitting good form?
CT: After the long FA Cup run against higher opposition, I think it took a bit of steam out of the girls and we had another dip in form in the league. Last weekend we just regrouped, reminded ourselves just to enjoy it and kind of forget about the pressure we have been putting ourselves under. We played some very good football in both games and to score that many goals is always a bonus.
WSS: The goals in recent games have largely been spread around the team, that must be a big boost to everyone's confidence?
CT: Yes, it's a massive boost knowing that everyone is contributing to the goals, it gives everyone a lift and also takes the pressure of the strikers. In the last two games we have had eight different goalscorers, which just shows the patterns of play we have been working on in training are paying off. Our defence share 15 goals between them this season, which means we can be a threat from all over the pitch.
WSS: This week you play third placed Chester-le-Street, who are having a good season. You haven't played them yet, how tough a match are you expecting?
CT: I expect a very tough game against Chester-le-Street, for me they've always been a team I respect. Last season I thought they were probably one of our toughest opponents out of the whole campaign. They're physical but also can get it down and play so we will expect nothing less than a battle on Sunday.
WSS: You also still have to play Guiseley, do you think those three games will go a long way towards deciding where you finish up?
CT: Yeah, of course I think they will decide where we may end up, seven games to go and we are looking to win every single one and will try our best to do so.
WSS: Do you still believe that you can finish in the top two?
CT: Why not? Yes, we have to win all our games and rely on Hull dropping points but they have some tough games left themselves with Chorley, Guiseley and Chester-le-Street left, stranger things have happened!
WSS: Having done well in both major cups, has it been a satisfying season overall so far?
CT: It's been satisfying in a way because we have not only competed but beaten top, well established teams in the league above so for us we know on our day we can and should be competing in that league. Unfortunately our aim this season was promotion so yes, there have been positives, but the league was our main aim and we haven't performed as well as we should have. We still have the Liverpool County Cup which will be coming up soon, so we will be looking to win some silverware this season.
WSS: The club has been so close to promotion in the last few years, how confident are you that you can go all the way and make the step up in the near future?
CT: It has been really frustrating to come so close and then lose out towards the last few games of the season. The Northern Premier is where we want to be and I have no doubt that with our squad we should be up there. Hopefully next year will be our year.
Our thanks to Chantelle!
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