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Stockport County are having a fine season so far in the North West League Premier Division and their 3-2 win over Merseyrail Bootle on Sunday leaves them three points clear at the top of the table.
We talked to Stockport captain Nicola Connor, who was one of the goalscorers on Sunday, and she was very pleased with the team's performance in winning against one of their main rivals and is expecting a close battle for the title this season:
WSS: Well done on the win on Sunday, was it as close a match as the 3-2 scoreline suggests?
NC: Thanks so much! It was a big game and the whole team made a great second half performance and pulled together. It was close but I think we wanted it more - especially the last twenty minutes.
WSS: Does the win look even more important now, given that your match was the only game to go ahead in the division?
NC: Absolutely, especially as we had played them previously in the cup and got beaten, so all the girls were ready to play. There is a little bit of a gap now in the league but many teams have games in hand and we're taking each game as it comes - especially as there has already been a few surprising results.
WSS: It has been a great start for the team with seven wins in eight games and still unbeaten, is that better than you envisaged at the start of the season or were you always confident that you would do well?
NC: We have fantastic staff who work really hard with us, especially this pre-season we have set our goals high and each game is giving us more confidence - but like I say, we taking each game as it comes.
WSS: Do you think that last season's fifth place finish gave the club stability and a good base to build on for this season?
NC: We have a few new players who are great assets to the squad and our coaching staff is building on from last season and we know where we want to go. Our team spirit is fantastic and it's great to see players playing with a smile on the faces and enjoying their football.
WSS: This week you play Sir Tom Finney who have already beaten this season, what sort of game are you expecting?
NC: They were a good team with some great players - we know that they will give 100% and they never gave up, so we know we will be in for a battle and they will come out all guns blazing, but we're excited and ready to play.
WSS: Assuming you stay amongst the title challengers, who do you think your main rivals will be?
NC: I think Wigan, Burnley and Bootle will all be challenging but like I said, each game is so different and anyone can win on the day - looking at the results, Fleetwood are on a great run at the minute as well.
WSS: How much would it mean to the club if you were able to regain the status you lost?
NC: It would mean so much to the club to get back to where we have once been but also for me personally, to get there is definitely something that I want to achieve and I know all the squad and staff do as well.
Our thanks to Nicola!
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