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Wolverhampton Wanderers boosted their FAWPL Midlands Division One title hopes on Sunday with a hard fought 3-2 victory against Radcliffe Olympic.
We talked to Wolves Women captain Anna Perks who told us that the Radcliffe win was a really important one and that all of their remaining games are of huge importance as they continue the chase after leaders Loughborough Foxes:
WSS: How tough a win was that on Sunday against a team which can still finish in the top three?
AP: Ratcliffe is always a tough game, with an experienced squad who are always organised and hard to beat, we knew going in to the game it was going to be tough. We played some excellent football, created a number of chances and deserved the win.
WSS: Was it a particularly important victory after having drawn the previous two league games?
AP: It was a really important win for us, after drawing the last two games we were all disappointed. We needed to get back on track and we were fully focused going into the game on Sunday. The win was integral for us to continue to be league contenders.
WSS: Do you now feel that your promotion challenge is back on track after the Radcliffe win?
AP: Definitely, we are all focused on what we need to do. We are taking each game at a time and will be building on our performance from Sunday, ahead of this weekend's game vs Long Eaton.
WSS: Jade Cross is having a great season in front of goal, how big a boost to the team is it to have a regular goalscorer like her?
AP: Having a player like Jade is invaluable. She is not only an excellent finisher but her build up play is exceptional, and she has many dimensions to her game. She has pace to get in behind but also confident having the ball to her feet. From experience, a defender's nightmare!
WSS: This week you play the first of two successive matches against Long Eaton, what sort of matches are you expecting against them?
AP: Long Eaton, again, is going to be a very tough game. They have some very strong players, who can definitely change a game. However after our performance last week and working hard in training, we will be fully prepared and raring to go come Sunday.
WSS: Even though you are seven points behind and with two games in hand, if you win your games you will win the league. Is that the way the team is likely to approach the remainder of the season?
AP: We are taking each game at a time. All teams competing for the league have games left so there is still a long way to go. Of course the aim is to win all of our games, but we are not looking too far ahead and focusing on each game as it comes.
WSS: There are other tough games of course, but do you see your match with Loughborough Foxes being a potentially decisive one?
AP: Every game is important. In this league all teams are physical, organised and hard to beat. Whatever the outcome is against Loughborough on the 26th April, there are still games remaining so anything can happen. We are just staying focused and positive, by doing that we will give ourselves the best chance.
WSS: After the heartbreak of relegation two years ago, do you feel that the club is ready now for a return to a higher level?
AP: Two years ago, the squad was not strong enough to compete unfortunately, so coming down allowed us to rebuild. The club have worked on putting a structure in place in preparation for promotion, whether it will be this season, or a season to come. Being awarded The Regional Talent Centre last season, will provide young, talented players to come through the system and also by attracting new signings over the last two seasons, it has only strengthened our squad. We do feel that now if we do get promoted we are in a strong position, with an ideal mix of youth and experience.
Our thanks to Anna!
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