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Lewes have had a good seven days, recording successive 1-0 victories over Portsmouth and Crystal Palace to lift themselves into the top three in the Southern Division.
We talked to Lewes midfielder Danielle Lane, scorer of the winning goal against Crystal Palace, scorer of the winning goal against Crystal Palace, and she was understandably delighted with the team's recent progress following an opening day defeat, as well as setting her sights high for the team this season:
WSS: It's been a good week for Lewes, how pleased has everyone been with the wins over Portsmouth and Crystal Palace?
DL: It's been a very good week! The team is in a really happy place with winning three hard games in a row. It just shows that our hard training is paying off on the pitch. We hope to continue our run against a tough Chichester team on Sunday.
WSS: Both wins were achieved by late goals, do you think they were just reward for your performances?
DL: I think the late goals show our strength through our physical fitness and also our mental fitness to keep going and not switch off. To get a the late goals were a massive reward and in my eyes, fully deserved.
WSS: After the disappointment of the opening game against Charlton, what has the team learned since then?
DL: We haven't dwelled too much on the result. We learnt that we need to stay focused and not let that one result overshadow our season.
WSS: The club made a number of new signings during the summer, do you feel that the side is gelling together well now?
DL: Yeah, we have quite a few new faces in the team this year. It always take a little bit of time to gel but I think we have all started to understand each other's strengths and that is now showing out on the pitch.
WSS: This week you face another local derby against Chichester City who are in good form, what sort of test are you expecting there?
DL: Chichester have had some good results lately so we know they are going to be a tough challenge. It could be considered a local derby so I think it will be a very physical game and another tight encounter.
WSS: The news about equal pay with the men and Equality FC brought the club a lot of publicity during the summer, presumably that was great news for the team and is bringing its rewards?
DL: It's always great for your club to get on the map. It's good to know that the women's team is respected as much as the men and have the same facilities and treatment.
WSS: What realistically would represent a good season for Lewes in your opinion?
DL: The aim is always to place higher than last season so if we do that, then yes it would be good, but with the way things are going we want to push the top teams and be in contention for the league. We won silverware last year in the Plate so we want to progress further in the League Cup this year and improve on our FA Cup run too.
Our thanks to Danielle!
Photo: James Boyes @Gingeraction
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