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Chorley continued their climb up the FAWPL Northern Division One table with a 4-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra on Sunday, moving themselves into a mid-table position.
We talked to Chorley defender Saskia Bowes, who was pleased with a result which maintained their good form in all competitions as well as setting her sights on two important cup ties on the horizon:
WSS: How does it feel to have picked up your first away league win of the season, especially against a team that had been unbeaten at home prior to the game?
SB: It was pleasing to able to take our recent cup form into the league. With new management in this season, we knew that it would take time to play in a different style to last season but it's coming together. The journey home is always a lot better after a victory and Crewe are never an easy team, so we are delighted with the three points.
WSS: Was it especially pleasing having twice come from behind before your two late goals?
SB: Yes, due to the fact that we showed a lot of character. The conditions were not ideal for our natural passing game due to the snow and rain the previous day but the ladies dug deep and showed that we have that tenacity and desire to keep going despite going behind twice.
WSS: That makes it eight wins in ten games in all competitions, was there any one factor that turned things around and started off this run?
SB: Our recent cup runs in the FA League Plate and the County Cup (now finalists) provided a confidence boost for the ladies and it really gave us the belief to go on and win games. The stability of the squad has also been key with many players being available week in week out. I'd also say that our supporters have really helped us when we were going through a bad run of form and their continued support on the sidelines has contributed to the team spirit.
WSS: This week, weather permitting, you are at home to Leeds and a win would take you into the top half, are you confident that you can keep this run going?
SB: We have a tough run of games coming up against the likes of Hull City who are the league leaders but anything is possible when we have the belief that this squad has. We try to focus on each game as it comes and as long as we stick to the game plan that our manager expects of us, then we can pick up points and push up the table.
WSS: It's only your second home game since the beginning of November, surely you must be looking forward to playing there again?
SB: Yes, it's always lovely to play at home. Not just because I enjoy playing on that particular pitch, but because of the community feel that we have on match days. All the supporters turn out to watch the ladies and we have a wonderful atmosphere in the clubhouse, which makes match days that little bit more special!
WSS: This week has also seen the draw for the Plate quarter finals take place, what are your thoughts on having to play away to Hull City?
SB: We are incredibly excited about the fixture. Hull are a strong side as they are the leaders in our league and have a nice style of play. We will be the underdogs but you have to beat the best to win trophies and that is always our aim at this club.
WSS: What do you think would be a realistic position for Chorley to aim to finish this season?
SB: If we can continue this good run of form, I think that we can certainly push for a top five finish. Considering this season has been a transition period for the club with new management in the summer, the club has done remarkably well to maintain such a strong run of form and we are confident that we can continue to climb up the table. All the players and staff are on the same page at the club and we are just looking to pick up as many points as we can.
WSS: The title race is shaping up to be a tight one, who would you say has the best chance as things stand right now?
SB: In this league, any team can beat anyone. I have seen it be done many times and it is the beauty of women's football. There are some good attacking sides this year in the league and it is one of the most competitive seasons for quite some time. In terms of footballing style, I admire Hull City Ladies the most but the team who will win the league will be the team who can maintain consistency over all the games.
Our thanks to Saskia!
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