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Wolverhampton Wanderers provided the result of the day in the First Round of the FAWNL League Cup when they defeated Fylde Women, from the division above, 3-2 after extra time.
We talked to Wolves midfielder Shannie Jennings, who was pleased with her team's performance against strong opponents and insisted that their close knit squad is capable of building on their good start in the league:
WSS: Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday, just how tough a cup tie was it against a team from the league above?
SJ: Fylde were a very good opposition and they gave us a good game for the 120 minutes. It shows we can compete against teams from the league above; everyone played a role in that win, not only players but also the management team.
WSS: So what was the feeling like when you scored the winner late into extra time, was it joy or perhaps even relief?
SJ: I wouldn't say there was relief, it was more joy! It was a great feeling across the whole team including staff - we all celebrated together. It meant a lot to all involved in the club.
WSS: With the chance to play a team from the Northern Premier Division, did the team go into the game with a point to prove, if only to themselves?
SJ: No matter what team we play each week the girls go out with a point to prove, regardless of opposition. They go out proud to play for Wolves and give their all.
WSS: At the time of asking, the draw for the next round is yet to be made, but do you have any preferences as to who you might get?
SJ: I wouldn't say we have a preference who we get in the next round, we can only play what's put in front of us. It's always nice to try and get as deep as possible into any competition we're in.
WSS: How far do you think you are capable of going into the cup? Crawley Wasps reached the Final last season so can you use them as inspiration?
SJ: There is no reason why as a group of players, we cannot progress in the cup. We take each game as it comes and the togetherness we have as a group will always help us each round.
WSS: This week it's back to league and a short journey to Solihull Moors where a win would take you five points clear. Looking at the respective league positions, is it a case of guarding against complacency?
SJ: I think we learnt that lesson very early on this season at TNS. We are told each week by Macca (our manager) that every game is a cup final, and each game we go into everyone involved treats it as a cup final - there is no complacency in the team.
WSS: The team has started the season very well, presumably confidence is high that you can win the league after going so close last season?
SJ: We have started off the season very well. We have a squad full of talented players who can go on and win the league, however, I feel like the togetherness will be the biggest aspect to us pushing on to win the league, and that is from the top with management and staff all the way down to the players.
WSS: Wolves have always been a club with a lot of potential to go higher, do you feel the club is ready to really go places in the future?
SJ: Wolves is a great club and the ongoing support from the men's side of the club has allowed the women's game to progress in the right direction. Our aim is to continue to work on and off the pitch to be in the best position we can to progress higher. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes which is enabling us to perform on the pitch each week.
Our thanks to Shannie!
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