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After not winning any of their opening five league games, Bedworth United's season has exploded into life and Sunday's 9-0 win over Burton Albion was their sixth on the trot and it has taken them into second place in FAWNL Division One Midlands.
We talked to Bedworth vice captain Amanda Whalley, who admitted that there is a "great atmosphere" at the club and is confident they can keep their form going and make a serious challenge for the title this season:
WSS: Sunday was your biggest win of the season so far, was it also one of the team's best performances?
AW: I think our biggest win has been Doncaster Belles, to go away to such a prestigious club in women's football and take three points is massive. The recent weather had caused the pitch to be in pretty bad condition but we still played some brilliant football, stuck to the game plan, kept a clean sheet and it was our best performance since the start of the campaign. It felt like that was our turning point.
WSS: That makes it six victories in a row in a league - eight in all competitions - is confidence increasing all the time as you approach each game?
AW: Yes, definitely, confidence is at such a high at the moment. The changing room is buzzing before games and everybody is so focused and positive. There is a great atmosphere at the club right now.
WSS: It really has been a ‘season of two halves' so far for Bedworth, can you quite believe the contrast in form when compared to the earlier games?
AW: A football match itself is a game of two halves and can change all the way to 90 minutes, that's the beauty of it and the league is no different. It can always change with hard work and determination.
WSS: Has there been any particular reason for your upsurge in form and results since the Wolves match?
AW: I think we were unfortunate to pick up some injuries early on in the season but now we have a strong squad fully fit, we have worked hard in training to correct our game and have been determined to win games. Something has clicked at the club, new players are now fully bedded in we are working for each other.
WSS: Jodi Hunter had a great day on Sunday and Kirsty Farnsworth has been in great form in front of goal but your defensive record has also been good recently, does that record give you just as much satisfaction?
AW: Oh, of course! Ultimately goals win games but scoring goals means nothing without stopping goals too. Our back line has been quality in recent weeks and the relationship between them and Chloe Quinn (our goalkeeper) is getting better and better. When you start getting clean sheets, it builds confidence and breeds that feeling of not wanting to drop that record so everyone works harder and better.
WSS: This week you play Nuneaton Borough in the County Cup, do you think it is a good time to play in another competition this week or would you ideally have preferred another league game?
AW: Ideally playing a league game and potentially getting three points just before the Christmas break would be a great end to the year. However it is another 90 minutes in the legs for the team and another opportunity to progress for silverware.
WSS: The Burton win has taken you into second place in the table, four points behind leaders Wolves. How confident are you now that you can be serious challengers to them?
AW: I have no doubt that we can be serious contenders for the title with the quality of footballers we have within the team, it all comes down to how we play on the day. We have to take it game by game, keep working hard and keep the momentum going.
WSS: The top six in the division is covered by just six points and there are some strong teams in there, can you see things staying close throughout the season?
AW: There are some tough teams in this league and there have been some surprising results so it will be interesting to see what happens after the festive break, but yes I think it will stay close and go right down to the wire.
Our thanks to Amanda!
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