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Cardiff Met Women have hit top spot for the first time this season in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League following their 2-0 win over Swansea City on Sunday.
We talked to Met midfielder Robyn Pinder, who was understandably delighted about going top of the league and is confident that the team can keep hold of the league title they won back last season:
WSS: Well done on a very good win on Sunday, how tough a game was it against one of your main rivals?
RP: Thank you very much, it's always nice to beat Swansea. Derby games are always tough but It was an enjoyable game to be a part of. Although Swansea battled hard I think we remained in control throughout the game and probably should have won by a few more goals.
WSS: You scored both goals during the first half, did you always feel confident of winning from that point?
RP: After some recent impressive performances, we went into the game very confident. We know that if we play to our potential we are capable of beating any of our WPWL opposition. Thankfully, we started bright and Maddy's early goal allowed us to get on the front foot. I think Naomi scoring soon afterwards settled any nerves and we were comfortably in control from then on.
WSS: It is only early days of course, but presumably it is a good feeling to be back on top of the league again?
RP: Yeah it's great to be back in top spot, however, we did enjoy seeing Port Talbot celebrating first place on Twitter. Like you say, its only early days, but hopefully we can remain top from herein.
WSS: You have made a number of signings during the summer, how quickly have they settled in since joining the club?
RP: We've had a number of crucial signings. Credit goes to the university, and in particular the hard work of Dr Kerry Harris and Dr Alun Hardman, for their recruitment efforts. I think we've recruited in almost all positions of the pitch so we've added strength and depth to our squad. As far as I'm aware all the girls have settled in quick - especially on the pitch! The freshers are adjusting to university life well (by the looks of their snapchat) and the Americans finally understand the broad range of accents in the team!
WSS: This week you make the trip to Briton Ferry, what sort of match are you expecting there?
RP: We are expecting another tough encounter. Every game is hard when you are the reigning champs - teams want to beat you more that bit more. We don't know too much about Briton Ferry but we expect another battle and will treat them with as much respect as all the others teams we have faced.
WSS: Before last Sunday, just one point covered the top five teams and Cyncoed were only narrowly behind that, is that an indication that the league is getting tougher and tougher each season?
RP: If you look back over the last five seasons, it's clear the standard has improved. Teams are doing as much as they can to recruit talented players. Cyncoed were evidence of team improvement last season, although they seem to have paid the price for a successful year and have since lost a number of players to the English league. If we want the WPWL to develop further its essential players remain in the league and aren't encourage to move elsewhere - especially to sit on the sidelines.
WSS: Can you see the title race remaining a close one throughout the season?
RP: Hmmm... personally, I hope it doesn't remain close! It would be great to run away with the league and hopefully we'll do just that.
WSS: You are the defending Champions, does that give the squad an extra bit of determination to do it once again?
RP: Definitely, being reigning champions is a bit of added pressure but also added determination. Given the potential we have and the quality of our squad, I've no doubt we can regain the WPWL title and potentially add a cup trophy to the cabinet this year.
Our thanks to Robyn!
(Photo - NJD Photography)
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