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It has been a very promising start to the new season for Actonians and their 8-1 win against Harlow Town on Sunday leaves them in third place in the FAWNL Division One South East table.
Actonians captain Ashleigh Ward told us of her delight with the team's performance against Harlow and stated that their aim for the season is to build on their early form and push for place towards the top of the table:
WSS: Congratulations on the win on Sunday, how strong a performance was it from the team on the day?
AW: Thank you, nice to get some goals on the board! Sunday's performance was a great team effort, getting the goalscorers on the ball and letting them work their magic. Harlow Town were a physical team that battled throughout the whole 90 minutes as well as the heat, to say the least we were very happy with the result.
WSS: All of your previous wins so far this season have been 1-0, so presumably this result brought a lot less tension on the day?
AW: Winning games one-nil is always a little stressful, however what is pleasing is that we are showing we know how to close out nail biting games. Scoring eight goals definitely relieves some of that tension.
WSS: Would you say it was a result that the team have been threatening to produce so far this season?
AW: Oh 100%, this is the result that we have been threatening all season, getting the right people on the ball and taking shots at goal helps massively with the confidence going forward.
WSS: That result makes it four wins out five, and one point off the pace, are the team doing better than you expected or were you always confident of a good start?
AW: I think in the last couple of seasons we have started really strongly but unfortunately it has been interrupted because of Covid, so hopefully this season we can continue our strong start and keep ourselves towards the top of the table. We have added some fresh new talent into the team, which is exciting to see.
WSS: This week you take a break from the league and travel to play Cardiff City from the division above in the League Cup, are they a team that you know very much about?
AW: I am sure our coaches have done their homework on them and will prepare us as best as they can this week. I am confident that if we go out and play our style of football, we will be able to produce a solid performance.
WSS: How much would a good cup run mean for the club this season, if you can manage one?
AW: A good cup run helps out the club massively, not only does it give our players more exposure against potentially better opposition but helps to promote our club and the excellent work that they are doing to increase the numbers of girls/females playing football.
WSS: Uultimately, what would you say are the team's ambitions for the season?
AW: To WIN! But also to continue to push teams and clubs that see us as the underdogs and continually put out performances that we are proud of, both individually and as a club.
WSS: Billericay Town and Hashtag United are setting a hot pace at the top of the table with yourselves just behind, do you see these two as the main contenders or can you see someone else joining them?
AW: There have been some interesting results in the league already. It is early in the season to rule anyone out, a few wins can push you right up the table but we are definitely aiming to finish the season towards the top of the table.
Our thanks to Ashleigh!
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