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Wolves Women are fighting hard to climb out of the bottom two places in the FAWPL Northern Division and their 2-1 victory over Guiseley Vixens on Sunday took their unbeaten run to four matches.
We talked to Wolves captain Anna Price, who described the win over Guiseley as "a great three points" and insisted that the future is very good for the club and the team, whether they stay up or not:
WSS: Sunday was a very important victory for you, would you say the most important so far this season?
AP: Sunday was a great three points for us to keep us in touching distance of those above. It was definitely three points that we have deserved with the hard work that had gone in to the past three games against Derby, Blackburn and Fylde, where in all three games we could have come out with more than we did. Each game we have been getting better and better so it was great to finally get the three points we felt we deserved.
WSS: How much character did the team have to show after conceding an early goal?
AP: We started really positively against Guiseley on Sunday, so the first goal was a tough one to take. However we all knew that we could get back into it, as we had already created chances before the goal. The character of the players is one area we do not lack, and the determination to get back level was evident straight away. The first half was excellent and we could have gone in at half time ahead with some of the excellent chances that we created.
WSS: So how good a feeling was it when Charlotte Criddle scored the winner - and so late in the game?
AP: The best! All the hard work that had gone in the past month was summed up in one moment! The girls have worked so hard in our last four games, so we felt we definitely deserved something to go our way! For Charlotte Criddle to get the winner topped it off, as we all see in training the quality she has so for her to showcase it the way she did was unbelievable.
WSS: That brings the unbeaten run to four games, has anything been altered or done differently to help bring about your upturn in form?
AP: I would put it down to hard work from all the girls and a sense of togetherness. We are all in this together and we want to do all we can to get the results we need each game. We have a big squad including a lot of younger players who have been called upon over the last four games and have more than stepped up when they have needed to. The atmosphere is really positive and everyone is working hard to get into the squad. Competition that maybe we hadn't had earlier on in the season.
WSS: Are you now looking at the team above you or is just a case of concentrating on the next game?
AP: We have to concentrate on ourselves. If we don't win our games, then whatever happens above us is irrelevant. The girls and management are fully focused on our next game and not how other teams are doing. After picking up three points on Sunday, our mind is set on how we are going to do it again come this weekend.
WSS: This week you are at home to Derby County, you drew 1-1 with them two weeks ago, are you confident that you can go one better this time?
AP: It was a very tight game last week against Derby. They were an experienced, physical side, however after our recent performances and how hard we have been working in training, confidence is high and we will do all we can to go one better.
WSS: If you were to keep yourselves up though, would it be an even better achievement than winning the league last season, given how far you were behind just a few weeks ago?
AP: You cannot compare the two. Obviously winning the league last year was an unbelievable achievement. This is a different scenario, we are playing in the Premier League, against excellent opposition week in week out, so to stay in this league after some of the poor results we unfortunately have had this season would be equally rewarding. We know we can compete with the teams in our league now we have found our confidence and our style of play and we have proven that over our last four games. We want the opportunity to do it again next season, as we feel we deserve to be playing at this level. If unfortunately it doesn't happen we will rebuild and the target will be to bounce straight back up and prove ourselves again in the Northern Premier.
WSS: How important do you think it is that Wolves keep their status for next season?
AP: Wolves is a massive club with 100% committed management/coaching staff, committee members, volunteers and players. Whatever happens that will never change as that is at the heart of the club. The important thing is we are thriving to be the best we can be and whatever league that is next season we will continue to do so.
Our thanks to Anna!
(Photo - Simon Faulkner)
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