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Sunderland have moved back into second place in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division following their 6-2 victory against Hull City on Sunday.
We talked Sunderland defender Grace McCatty, who was pleased with the result on Sunday, if not completely with the performance, and admitted that a second place finish would be a tremendous achievement by the team after losing their WSL status last summer:
WSS: Sunday brought a much needed win for you against Hull, was there a little touch of relief as well as joy after three games without a win?
GM: Of course, you always want to do well and it's frustrating when performances don't go to plan, especially as we know we could have got some better results recently, so it was pleasing that even though it wasn't our prettiest performance we got another important three points on the board. Hopefully we can build some momentum from here.
WSS: Were you pleased overall with the way the team played on Sunday?
GM: Overall, we all know there are areas we could have been better in and that's our biggest challenge, to get a positive consistent team performance for 90 minutes. There were aspects from Sunday which were good but also areas to improve on, and we keep striving to get better week by week.
WSS: Keira Ramshaw scored a hat-trick and has been in magnificent form in recent weeks, how important was it for the club that she stayed this season?
GM: It can't be underestimated how valuable Keira is for the team, both on and off the pitch so it is fantastic she decided to stay at the club this year. There is no doubt that other clubs would have been interested in her so to have her on our team is a huge asset. She brings so much and has been in cracking form all season.
WSS: This Sunday you travel to play Fylde Ladies. Do you see this game as a vital one in the run for second place?
GM: We have to take each game week by week, but we have to be prepared as we know Fylde will be a tough side to build especially given our results against them previously. Every game we play is equally as important and our plan this Sunday is to build on last week with one aim of coming away with three points.
WSS: Fylde won when you met on the opening day and they also knocked you out of the FA Cup, so is the team itching to put the record straight this time?
GM: If we are honest with ourselves, we know our performances against Fylde in our previous encounters were nowhere near as good we can be, so the aim is to rectify that this weekend. It was such a shame to go out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, especially in such a great competition so we have learnt from that and we will try to right the wrongs this weekend.
WSS: Blackburn look to be on their way towards the title but, given all that went on with the club last summer, but how big an achievement would second place be if you could finish there?
GM: There is no doubt Blackburn are is great form this year and that is shown by their results but given the amount of change we went through as a club in the summer, on and off the pitch, to finish second would be a really positive indicator of what is to come from this group of players. There's no denying we would love to win the league but we have to also be realistic, and for us to finish second would provide a positive foundation for us to build on for 2019-20 as we aim to get the club back to where it belongs - in the Women's Super League.
WSS: Do you feel then that the club is back on the right track and that the future is a lot brighter now?
GM: Credit has to be given to Mel, Trevor and all of the staff who are working tirelessly to give the team the best support they can. There are still quite a few things which need to be put into place, but I know the staff are working with the club to build towards a better future, and us as players are all striving towards that. We have to hope and trust that the club will do what is right by the women's side and will back us to achieve on the national level.
Our thanks to Grace!
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