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We talk to...Alex Bailess (AFC Basildon)
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 South East News - 28 Feb 2020
WNL Division 1 South East News - We talk to...Alex Bailess (AFC Basildon) - 28 Feb 2020 - Women's Football NewsAFC Basildon have had an excellent week and their 6-2 victory over Kent Football Utd on Sunday, their third in eight days, leaves them in third place in FAWNL Division One South East.
We talked to Basildon captain Alex Bailess, who insisted that her team are looking to be promoted back to the higher level as soon as possible, and is very excited about the club's future:
WSS: Well done on your win on Sunday, did the team play as well as the 6-2 scoreline suggests?
AB: We went into this game off the back of five straight wins so were definitely feeling positive with that momentum behind us. That being said, there were some tired legs from our midweek game against Billericay. We dominated most of the game and worked hard from start to finish. It was a great collective performance with some impressive quality in the final third.
WSS: Given the narrow 4-3 result against Kent in November, were you determined to make sure it was not so close this time?
AB: In the last game against Kent, we made it really hard for ourselves and ended up scoring the winner in the 90+ minute. Despite our winning streak, we didn't go into this game feeling complacent, especially considering Kent had some new signings since our last meeting. We kept pressing to restore our three goal lead and ensure the game was put to bed.
WSS: Holly Turner scored a hat-trick and Kelly Wealthall was on target once again - with 39 goals between them this season, how good a pairing have they been for you up front?
AB: Holly is a very strong athlete and will hunt down players to defend from the top of the pitch, she's been lethal up top this season. Kelly has great composure, quick feet and is clinical in front of goal. No wonder they've had a few hat-tricks between them this season! Kelly is currently the league top scorer so we're all rooting for her to win Golden Boot!
WSS: This ends a superb week for you following two victories over Billericay, presumably morale and confidence must be sky high right now?
AB: There's nothing like winning a local derby to get team spirits high - and we've done this not only once, but twice within four days. Billericay beat us in our last two meetings so this victory was well overdue! It's helped confirm just how far we have come as a team since the start of the season. We have grown not only as players, but as a club as well- the dynamics between staff, first team, development team and under 18s are excellent - we have a One Club approach and this was a fantastic victory for everyone involved!
WSS: This Sunday you have another home game against Cambridge City, what are your thoughts on facing them?
AB: We've already played Cambridge City twice this season - a 4-0 win in the league, and a 7-3 win in the FA Cup. We look to continue our winning streak and maintain our position as third in the league. We know they have quick wingers and can take their chances in front of goal, so will be tough to beat. I wouldn't mind another four goal lead though...
WSS: The wins over Billericay and Kent Football Utd mean that you are up into third place. With nine games still to go and two of those against leaders Ipswich, do you still feel that you are well in the hunt for promotion?
AB: We are definitely on the hunt for promotion back into the National League South, and have got good momentum behind us with our back-to-back wins. We are positive that we are constantly developing and the second half of our season has already been off to a great start. We haven't met Ipswich yet in the league and look forward to competing against their young international players!
WSS: In the last few months you have won matches by 7-3, 6-4, 8-4 and now 6-2. Surely that means that AFC Basildon must be the team to watch if you want to see goals and entertainment?
AB: Believe it or not, we do aim to keep clean sheets! But if it's entertainment you want, get down to Canvey Island FC and watch one of our games. As long as we're scoring more goals than the opposition I'm happy! We're clinical in front of goal, play some great football and LOVE a big tackle so there's something for everyone. We could work on our celebrations though...
WSS: The club has had to stabilise after being relegated but have you done better this season than expected, and does that mean that things are looking bright for the future?
AB: The club has had a total makeover with the new name, new director of football, new staff and a lot of new players. We had to gel quickly as players and develop trust with each other and the staff. We have done this so well which is a credit to everyone involved. I love this club and know everyone involved feels the same way - both on and off the pitch. I'm excited for what the future holds! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!
Our thanks to Alex!

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