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AFC Fylde Women have got off to a great start in FAWNL Northern Premier Division and their 3-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday took them back to the top of the table.
Fylde captain Hannah Forster told us of her delight with the result against Middlesbrough and the team's defensive record to date, but insisted that they are remaining grounded and not getting carried away at this early stage:
WSS: Congratulations on a great win on Sunday, do you think that the scoreline reflected the team's performance on the day?
HF: Thanks. Sunday was all about us bouncing back after the disappointing result at Forest, so to go away to Middlesbrough, score three goals and keep a clean sheet is really positive. As a squad we have such high expectations of ourselves, we know we need to continue to work hard to get the performances back up to the standards we demand of each other but I think it was important to get the right result and we managed to do that.
WSS: With Wolves not playing, a win was going to send you back to the top of the table, was that an extra incentive at all?
HF: It's really early days in terms of looking at the table, we are aware of other teams that are around us in the table but we prefer to take each game as it comes and focus on us doing the job on the pitch.
WSS: Another clean sheet on Sunday as well, your sixth in eight matches this season. Presumably that is a record that the defence in particular will be proud of?
HF: Yes definitely, this is something as a team we are really proud of and continue to work on to ensure we are as organised and solid defensively as we can be. We are really fortunate to have two brilliant keepers, as well as the luxury of options across the back line, competition for places is really competitive and this heathy competition is definitely paying off so far.
WSS: Although she didn't score against Middlesbrough, and there have been other regular scorers this season, how big a boost is it to have a player like Faye McCoy whose scoring record for you since joining has been superb?
HF: It's huge for us, Faye is such an influential player for us both on and off the field. In previous seasons we have lacked that killer instinct in front of goal, but bringing in a player like Faye, her goalscoring record at this level speaks for itself and its great to see her continuing that with us both last season and this season. It's also brilliant to see other girls chipping in with the goals, shows the attacking threat we oppose to other teams.
WSS: This week it's a break from the league for you and a League Cup tie away to Sheffield FC who have been picking up in recent weeks. What sort of match are you expecting against them?
HF: Sheffield FC are a very well-respected club with some talented young players, which under the guidance of Graham Abercrombie, are starting to shine. We expect nothing less than it to be a really tough game with both teams trying to play in the right way, for us we continue to build on a positive result last week and look to gain momentum in the cup that we can take back into league action later in the month.
WSS: How big a priority is the League Cup for you this season, is that a trophy you are targeting?
HF: We want to be competitive in every game we play this season in all competitions and the League Cup is definitely a trophy we want to progress well in. We are fortunate enough to have a squad of players with quality in numbers in all areas and the cup competitions could be a chance for players who haven't featured as much to get minutes and showcase what they can do.
WSS: Fylde have done increasingly well in recent years and seem to improve further from season to season. Have you felt that is a great chance for you to challenge for the title, right from the start?
HF: The squad Kim and Danielle have put together over the past 12-18 months is a really exciting one, we have an amazing bunch of talented players who love the game and want to win every game they play in. As a team we have sat down and spoken about our expectations and goals for the season, but as I said previously we really are taking each week as it comes, focusing on us and not getting ahead of ourselves, a lot of the girls we have here have played at this level before and know how competitive the league is and what it takes to challenge for the title.
WSS: Wolves, Derby and Forest have been up there amongst yourselves in the early stages, can you see these three being your main rivals or could someone else come into the frame?
HF: Again it's still early days, there is a lot of football to be played. Having been at this level for a number of years I know how competitive it is and I feel the league this year is wide open and I think anyone can beat anyone on their day, so I think we would be na´ve to focus only on those teams. There are a lot of talented players and well organised teams in this league and we are aware that we need to be on it every week to get positive results.
Our thanks to Hannah!
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