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Crewe Alexandra produced one of the surprise results of the season in the FA Women's Premier League and gave their Northern Division One survival hopes a huge boost when they won 4-2 against previously unbeaten leaders Guiseley Vixens.
We talked to Crewe midfielder Georgina Stebbings who was delighted with the win over Guiseley and more confident that her team can maintain their Premier League status next season:
WSS: Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday against the league leaders, as well as your best result of the season, was it also the best performance by the team?
GS: Thanks, we were all extremely happy that we got the result on Sunday as our performance certainly deserved it. It was definitely a game of two halves on Sunday and we were excellent in the first half, playing some excellent counter attacking football and were clinical when it mattered. Guiseley definitely saw most of the possession in the second half but the whole team performed resolutely and we were able to take the result.
WSS: Would you say that this is a result which has been coming for some time?
GS: Absolutely. We've got a fantastic squad of very talented players who are capable of playing some great football. We've unfortunately found ourselves on the wrong end of too many results this season that our performances didn't deserve. We're also aware that it's coming to the business end of the season and we can't afford to slip up as it could cost us hugely.
WSS: How much did the County Cup semi final win against Tranmere the week before help the team's confidence going into the game against Guiseley?
GS: I think it was a great boost for the team. Obviously making the County Cup Final again is great but the manner in which we did it was fantastic. We played brilliantly against Tranmere and were unlucky not to score more goals given the number of chances we created, and that was something we were able to rectify last weekend against Guiseley.
WSS: How frustrating is it though to have to wait so long before you play another league game?
GS: It is frustrating to have such a long wait before our next league game but we're lucky that we've got our County Cup Final to look forward to and our management have been fantastic, working hard to organise several friendly games to make sure we're maintaining our match fitness and sharpness during this time. Plus, with a few players recently returning from injury and some of our Development squad girls knocking on the door, competition for places is high right now so I expect everyone will use these friendlies as an opportunity to push their case for a place in the starting eleven for our final three games.
WSS: Has it been tough stepping up this season to what has been a very tough division?
GS: Yes, I think it's definitely been tough. There are some excellent teams in this division and it can be unforgiving. The girls went through last season unbeaten and it certainly took us a while to really find our feet and start grinding out results but we're certainly capable of competing in this division, and last weekend's result showed that. We're confident that we'll be safe and can push on again next season.
WSS: As things stand, do you think that one more win could well be enough to ensure safety?
GS: It's difficult to know as there have been a few surprise results over the last month or so and we certainly can't write anyone off just yet. We'd hope another win would ensure our safety and are confident with the way we've been playing that we can get that from our final two fixtures.
WSS: You are in the County Cup Final and the Development Team have won their league so are the signs good that Crewe can build on this season and be stronger in the future, whatever the outcome?
GS: Absolutely! The whole set up at Crewe is fantastic and the coaches and management work hard to make sure we're constantly moving forward and improving. The talent in the Development squad is excellent and improving every week, they've had an unbelievable season this year and it's thoroughly deserved. There are a number of the Development squad players already knocking on the door for starting positions in the first team and they'll really strengthen the squad next season.
Our thanks to Georgina!
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