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Milton Keynes Dons claimed the runners-up position in South East Division One this week with two victories over their main rivals for the spot, Cambridge Utd.
We talked to MK defender Leanna Doyle, who was very pleased with the team's achievement this season and looking forward to what she feels is a very bright future at the club:
WSS: Well done on finishing as runners-up, are you happy with second place or disappointed it couldn't be better?
LD: This season has been very successful and a second place finish with the highest points tally we have ever had has been a massive achievement.
WSS: You had to do it the hard way by playing rivals Cambridge Utd twice in a week, how well did the team play to win both games?
LD: We played Cambridge twice this week, coming out as winner both times. The first one at Stadium MK was a fantastic occasion and one we rose to. We played the best we had all season and a sense of how good this team could go on to be was being realised. A great 4-1 win was followed by a professional 2-0 victory on the weekend - there were some tired legs from playing three times in a week but we worked hard and clinched another deserved victory.
WSS: Overall, has the team improved and progressed over the course of the season?
LD: Overall I believe the team is progressing week in week out and with the manager James Honeyman's football philosophy being imbedded, I feel the team will continue to develop and get stronger. There are a lot of talented young girls coming through the youth teams, which are helping to boost our current experienced team.
WSS: What would you say have been the highlights of your season?
LD: The biggest highlight is definitely beating Cambridge United at Stadium MK. We had a large crowd, who got behind us the whole way and helped us secure a fantastic 4-1 victory.
WSS: Have there been any unsung heroes in the team this season, players who have played well every week but don't receive the credit they deserve?
LD: There has been a lot of great consistent performance throughout the season including Hannah Barrett, Vicky Holland and Charley Clarke to name a few. But for me a player that is always consistent and does her job without the shining recognition is our full back Sammy Gillings. She is always reliable and has put some tremendous performances in this year. I also believe she has played every game of what has been a long season.
WSS: Do you feel confident that you are ready to go one better next season?
LD: As I have already mentioned, I believe the team is getting stronger every week and I have all the confidence we will go on to progress and I think we could challenge for the title next year.
WSS: MK Dons have improved year on year and this is the club's highest ever finishing position, how much potential to do you think there is at the club to keep this going in the future?
LD: The potential at MK Dons is huge and I'm very excited to be part of it. I think promotion is imminent in the next couple of years and with the brilliant support we are getting from the club, I think the future is very bright for MK Dons ladies.
Our thanks to Leanna!
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