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Swansea City maintained their Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League title challenge on Sunday with a 7-0 victory over Caernarfon Town, which takes them to within five poitns of leaders Cardiff Met Ladies.
We talked to Swans defender Alison Witts, who is delighted with the team's recent form and insisted they are determined to keep hold of the league title they won last season:
WSS: How pleased were you with the performance and the result on Sunday?
AW: I'm really happy with the performance and the result from Sunday. It's never easy travelling such a long way and putting in a good performance to get the result we are looking for. I thought the team played extremely well in tough conditions, we scored some really well worked goals and created a lot of great chances.
WSS: How satisfying was the start to the game, scoring four times in the opening half hour?
AW: It's always nice to get a decent start in games like we did on Sunday. Sometimes it can take us, as a team, 10-15 minutes to hit really the ground running in games, which is something we've picked up on and been looking to improve throughout the season. Scoring four goals in the opening 30 minutes really asserted our dominance on the game and put us in a fantastic position to push on for the rest of the game.
WSS: The win takes you to within five points of Cardiff Met, is the belief still there that you can win the league again?
AW: Of course there's still belief. As a team we aren't going to stop believing until it is mathematically impossible for us to catch Cardiff Met. We know we are in really good form and playing some great football. We are just going to concentrate on winning the games we have coming up which will constantly put the pressure on Met. In previous years, big teams have lost the title having been more than five points clear at this stage in the season, so you can never say never.
WSS: Since the Cardiff Met game you have won four out of five and conceded just one, do you feel that the team is hitting its best form now?
AW: The Cardiff Met game was a tough defeat to take for us all, but if anything, it has made us more determined to train hard and play better. As you said, we have won four out of five games and only conceded one goal - we are in great form and are just looking to build on this every game. Not only are we winning games comfortably and conceding few goals, but we are playing some fantastic football at the same time. We are such a talented team and I think this is shown by the way we play.
WSS: This week you take on Llandudno, what sort of game are you expecting there?
AW: Llandudno is a very physical team to play and can sometimes be a scrappy game. The aim for us is to stick to our game plan and try and play some good football. When we get the ball on the floor and play one or two touch football we are unplayable, teams struggle to get near us. Obviously when you play a physical team, you have to match them for physicality otherwise you can get bullied out of the game, but our aim will be not to drop our standards.
WSS: You are still in the title race, reached the FAW Cup Final and Ian Owen has won the manager of the month, how good have the recent weeks been at the club?
AW: Our form recently has been brilliant, and this is shown by our recent run of games. Ian is a fantastic manager and winning manager of the month is fully deserved for him. It's not always been smooth sailing this season and we've had some tough defeats and results but the bounce back we've shown really highlights the resilience of the team.
WSS: Do you feel it will become tougher to win the league each season, is the standard improving each year?
AW: Yes 100%, the WPWL is constantly evolving. It already has some very strong teams and talented players in it. Good players are coming to join the WPWL and personally I see this continuing for years to come, meaning it will be always be tough to win the league. However, as a club I know we already have an extremely strong team and some good youth players coming through the ranks. I can see us challenging for the title for many years.
Our thanks to Alison!
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