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Milton Keynes Dons have embarked on a fantastic run of wins which has taken them to the brink of the South East Division One title.
We talked to MK Dons captain Leanna Doyle, who admitted that she is "immensely proud" of the team for winning so many important matches in a short space of time and insisted they can compete well in the division above next season, should they get there:
WSS: It has been a very busy time for your team in the last couple of weeks, how tough has it been playing so many games?
LD: It has been incredibly busy playing both midweek and weekend games for the last month. But with the title and chance of promotion in sight, everyone at the club was willing to work hard and put the extra hours and effort in to get us to top of the league, which is where we currently sit.
WSS: Those five games in fifteen days have resulted in five wins, surely you must be proud of how things have turned out?
LD: I am immensely proud of the whole team and coaching staff. We set out a goal to win the remainder of our games and we are still on track to do so. Having so many games in a short space of time, the odds were against us but what has given us the edge this season is the determination, commitment and togetherness the team holds and I have been extremely proud to have captained such a fantastic group of ladies.
WSS: In total, that is nine wins on the trot in the league and you have hit top spot for the first time, has it meant extra pressure having to reel in AFC Wimbledon's big lead at the top?
LD: When you looked at the league 9 games ago and saw the massive gap between us and AFC Wimbledon a lot of people had written us off. So the pressure only came from ourselves because we knew how well we can play and what we can achieve as a team. What is fantastic is that James, our manager, said to us simply win your last 11 games and you win the league. So far we have won the first nine and now the tables have turned and we are favourites to win the league.
WSS: Your final two games are scheduled for this week [at the time of the interview], at home to Stevenage and then the return meeting with Haringey Borough, how confident are you of finishing off the job?
LD: Without getting carried away, I firmly believe we can finish the season as Champions and this is due to the incredible run we are currently on and just how well I know the ladies can play.
WSS: Last year you finished up as runners-up behind Gillingham and third the season before, were you always confident at the start of the season that you could go all the way this time?
LD: We have been in around the top three for the last three seasons and we really wanted to make a serious challenge this year. So we had a great preseason and with some great additions to the squad we were confident that we had the capabilities of finally winning the league.
WSS: Were you concerned at any time though that you wouldn't be able to make a challenge, as you were a long way behind at one stage and with a lot of games to play?
LD: Apart from the first two games when we only gained one point and were yet to really get started, I knew we could definitely make a big challenge. Although we were a lot of points behind this was largely due to the amount of games we had in hand, so the top spot was always in reach, it just took this long for us to catch up with matches.
WSS: If you can secure the title this week, what would it meant to the club and are you confident you can flourish at a higher level?
LD: It would mean everything to the club! We have had promotion in sight for the last couple of years and to finally do that is a great achievement and one that us players and the fantastic coaching staff should be proud of. I also believe that we have enough quality in team already to be competitive in the league above and I speak for all the girls when I say we would relish the challenge.
Our thanks to Leanna!
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