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Enfield Town got their season off to a perfect start on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Norwich City in South East Division One.
We talked to Enfield captain Nuala McKevitt, who was full of praise for her team after they recovered well from the setback of conceding an early goal, and insisted that her club are capable of having a good season:
WSS: Well done on your good start to the new season, is it always a relief to get the first three points under your belts?
NM: Thank you! Yes it's always important to start the season off with a win, the first three points set the tempo for the season. Now we've got our first win under our belts we can relax a bit and make sure every week we do everything we can to come away with the three points.
WSS: How pleasing was the team's performance on the day, especially after having gone a goal behind early on?
NM: Conceding so early was a blow for us but we knew as a team we could bring it back. Going in 2-1 up at half time, we knew we had a lot of work to do to keep the lead, so going out and scoring three goals showed how hard we worked and how much we wanted it.
WSS: Jodie Bellinger has also got off to a good start by scoring a hat-trick in her first match, can you see her playing an important role for you this season?
NM: Yes, Jodie had a great first game and she has fitted into the team perfectly. Scoring a hat-trick on your debut is every striker's dream, I was so pleased for her as she's worked so hard in pre-season. She was in the right place at the right time for all three goals, her positioning and work rate was the key to us winning the game.
WSS: Your centre forward scored a hat-trick and your goalkeeper also saved a penalty, so presumably it was a good day all round for the team?
NM: Absolutely, we were all in such high spirits after the game. Kerrie [Marlborough] made a quality save to not let our heads drop and kept us going till the final whistle. We all feel really positive for the season after our solid performance against Norwich.
WSS: This week you play at home to newly promoted Crawley Wasps, who also had a very good win, so you could say it is an early season top of the table clash! How much is the team looking forward to this game?
NM: Everyone is really excited for every game we face and after seeing the results from the weekend, we are looking forward to seeing what Crawley Wasps are about. We know they have some very good players, so it will be interesting to see how we come up against them in the early stages of the season. We know it will be a hard game but we know what we have to do to ensure we come away with the win.
WSS: Your squad has been strengthened with a number of signings during the summer, what would you say would mean a good season for Enfield Town?
NM: We have had a number of quality signings this summer which is what we've really needed over the last few seasons. I'd say a good season for Town would be to win at least one cup and we want nothing less than to win the league this season and I feel with the players we now have, we can definitely achieve this.
WSS: Who do you think is likely to be challenging for the title in your division this season?
NM: I think the newly promoted Crawley Wasps and Billericay Town are definitely two teams we need to look out for. After seeing their results from the weekend, we definitely have to work hard to make sure we are challenging at the top with them.
Our thanks to Nuala!
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