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Huddersfield Town have got off to a great start in the league this season and as we go into the enforced break, they lead the FAWNL Northern Premier Division table by three points following their 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, their sixth victory in succession.
Huddersfield vice captain Lauren Griffiths, who captained her side to their win on Sunday, told us she thought it was a deserved victory against good opponents and in the long term, that they are capable of staying amongst the leading sides when the season gets going again:
WSS: That looked to be a tough game for you on Sunday, did the scoreline reflect the game?
LG: I think we deserved the win and think we showed throughout the game that we always had enough to go on and get the three points. West Brom put up a good challenge and took their chances well, but overall I think we showed fight and character to dig in and get the three points.
WSS: Was it at all anxious or nervous in the late stages when you were one goal ahead?
LG: I think we had a few nervy moments and Bethan (Davies) pulled off some good saves to keep us ahead. But in the last ten minutes we had the chance to get another two or three goals ourselves but just couldn't put the ball in the net. I think had we taken one of those chances, we would have gone on to get a few more goals to gain a bigger advantage and win the game by a number of goals rather than a 3-2 scoreline.
WSS: Now, as we go into the enforced break, the win has given you a lead of three points, how does it feel to be top of the table at this stage?
LG: It's still early in the season to be thinking too far ahead. We try to prepare for each game and how we can beat our opponents at the weekend. Psychologically it's a good position to be in and a good place to start when the season restarts.
WSS: After picking up one point from your first two games, you have responded spectacularly with six wins in a row, presumably this run has given the team an awful lot of confidence?
LG: We are feeling confident and we've done well to turn the results around. We knew the wins would come, but it was a matter of patience after a slow start. I think we are still capable of playing much better than we have in some games this season, despite the fact we've got the win. We will continue to improve and grow in confidence as a team.
WSS: Huddersfield have been among the leading sides in the division in the last few seasons but just haven't quite been able to make a sustained challenge, do you feel that the team is ready to go all the way this time?
LG: I think the difference this season in comparison to others is that we are grinding out results and showing more character to get through tricky periods in games. We've shown that we can withstand periods of pressure and still come away with the three points. There have been a few games when we have conceded first and come from behind to win and we haven't done that in previous seasons. We know the ability we have as a squad and we have confidence in one another as players.
WSS: In what is looking a really strong division this season, if you can stay in the title race, who do you think your main rivals would be?
LG: The league is always an interesting one as any team can cause a shock result and get a win. I don't think we can approach any game with complacency. Based on the season so far, Fylde and Derby look to be our strongest opponents as they are both scoring a lot of goals and winning convincingly. We fancy our chances against any team in the league and know the threat that we carry.
Our thanks to Lauren!
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