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The New Saints are having a very good season in FAWNL Division One Midlands and their 2-0 victory over Leafield Athletic on Sunday took them into second place in the table, as well as stretching their unbeaten run to six matches.
We talked to TNS captain Phoebe Davies, who was delighted with keeping a clean sheet in the win over Leafield and is looking forward to being one of a number of title challengers in the division for the rest of the season:
WSS: Well done on a good result against Leafield, did you think that the 2-0 scoreline reflected the game overall?
PD: We played some great football in sections of this game and it was pleasing to come away with a 2-0 win. We are always aiming to improve and there was aspects that we want to work on but overall, we dominated the game and the 2-0 was fully deserved.
WSS: After draws in both of your previous league matches, how pleasing was it to get back on the winning trail again?
PD: It was great to get back to winning ways. The team played excellent in the two games against Doncaster and BWM but the winning goal didn't quite come for us. We went away, worked on this and the win came which took us to second in the league.
WSS: That was actually your first clean sheet in the league this season and, amazingly, the first time that one of the teams failed to score in one of your league games. Was it pleasing to get that clean sheet or more of a relief?
PD: We've been working hard as a team over the last couple of months to improve our clean sheet record, so we were very pleased that all the coaching and hard work had paid off. Hopefully, we can keep this going during the second half of the season.
WSS: The win does take you up into second place in the table and you are now six games unbeaten in the league, are you doing better than you anticipated at the start of the season or were you always confident that you could be up amongst the leaders?
PD: We were always confident we could be amongst the leaders, especially with talent of the players we have within the team now. We had a lot of changes in the team last season with new coaches and new players coming in but it's great to see everything coming together this season and the results coming in. We were disappointed not to progress further in the FA Cup, we will be looking to improve on this next season.
WSS: This week it is the County Cup for you and a midweek meeting with Bishops Castle, before you return to the league and a home game against Sporting Khalsa next week. Are you satisfied with taking a break from the league for a week, given your recent good form?
PD: We are fully focused on our league games coming up but we are looking forward welcoming Bishops Castle to Park Hall for a midweek game (TNS won the match 18-0).
WSS: As things stand, Wolves Women have matters in their hands in the title race, but can you see them being challenged by someone before the end of the season?
PD: Definitely, we've come up against some quality teams this season and I'm sure they will give Wolves a good game. We have a game against Wolves in a few weeks time and I'm sure it will be a good one after we beat them at our place earlier in the season.
WSS: The five teams immediately below Wolves are closely matched in terms of points, are you confident that you can keep things going and take a top three place at least?
PD: Yes for sure, we will remain focused on ourselves to keep pushing to finish as high as we can in the league. We're all looking forward to the games ahead and building on our performances each week.
WSS: TNS have established themselves well in the division since you were promoted four years ago. Whatever happens in the remainder of this season, do you feel that the club is ready to step up to a higher level in the future?
PD: The team are definitely ready to step up to a higher level and compete with the teams in the league above. We will keep pushing to make it happen this season but if not, it will be top of our to-do list next season. We have some very talented young players in the squad with the introduction of the development team this season also so the future looks good for TNS.
Our thanks to Phoebe!
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