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West Bromwich Albion have had a magnificent season and a week after winning the League Plate for the first time, they clinched the FAWNL Division One Midlands title in style with a 7-0 victory over Steel City Wanderers and still have a County Cup Final to come next week.
We talked to West Brom captain Hannah George, who paid tribute to her team mates and manager Louis Sowe for achieving what they had set out to do at the start of the season - to regain the status they lost a year ago - but still wanted to stay as the league's last remaining unbeaten team in their final matches:
WSS: Well done to everyone at your club on winning the league title, Sunday must have been a great day for you and the squad?
HG: It was a amazing day for not only the squad, but the coaching staff and everyone who works behind the scenes at the club, winning the league and getting promoted was our main target for this season.
WSS: Presumably this is the icing on the cake, coming a week after winning the Plate with a 5-1 victory over Liverpool Feds in the Final?
HG: We've had a fantastic two weeks, winning the FA Women's National League plate competition was a great achievement for the club and the squad, it meant a lot.
WSS: After having been relegated at the end of last season, was it always the aim to bounce straight back up at the first attempt?
HG: The main goal was definitely to get promoted straight back to the league above. We knew we had plenty of talented players in the squad to achieve this.
WSS: The match with Wolves was obviously a very important one but were there any other results which were big ones for you during the course of the season?
HG: The Wolves game was a massive game for us. We knew that it would be key to who would go on to win the league. I think we found the first half of the season, in a few of the games we were coming from behind to win. Just before Christmas we found ourselves scoring late goals to win games, for example Nettleham and Bedworth, we won those games 2-1 and 1-0 with both winning goals being scored in 90+ minutes. That shows the desire this group has to do what it takes and never give up to get the win.
WSS: As things stand you are the last remaining unbeaten team in the National League, presumably that will give the team plenty of incentive for the last two games?
HG: There is still plenty of work to do for these last two games and I am sure the girls are very driven to finish the league unbeaten.
WSS: The first of those matches is this Sunday at Burton Albion, then you finish off against runners-up Wolves, will those games feel a bit different though with the pressure off?
HG: I don't think anything will change, we will prepare for each game like it's a must win. We still have goals we want to achieve before the end of season.
WSS: Inbetween those two games you have your County Cup Final and a chance for you to lift a third trophy, how much is the team looking forward to taking on Coventry United?
HG: I think the girls are very excited about this County Cup Final. We know it's going to be a very tough game - Coventry United are an experienced team and for us, probably the biggest test we've faced this season, with both teams winning their leagues its going to be a very good game.
WSS: The likes of Natalie Murray and Keeley Davies have led the scoring charts for you this season but have there been any players whose contribution to your success hasn't had the mention it deserves?
HG: Nat and Keeley have done a great Job getting plenty of goals between them, goals have come from all over the pitch. We've even had a hat-trick from our centre back Hannah Baines! It's not all about scoring goals - it's also about keeping them out and Scarlett Field has been probably the most consistent player, making key saves throughout the season.
WSS: Louis Sowe had the task of picking the team up after what happened last season, how good a job has he and his staff done in guiding you back up again?
HG: I think Louis and the staff have done a fantastic job this season, bringing in great additions to the squad to strengthen and build, also keeping us motivated and focused throughout the season to achieve our goals.
WSS: Now you can look forward to top flight football again next season, do you think the team will go in with extra determination to prove a point at that level?
HG: We know as a squad, we've got a lot of potential and going up to that league we will be looking forward to the challenge ahead and hoping to hit the ground running.
Our thanks to Hannah!
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