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C & K Basildon are having a fine season in the FAWPL Southern Division and they kept themselves firmly in the title race with a 1-0 victory over second placed Crystal Palace on Sunday.
We talked to C & K captain Zoe Rushen, who described the result as a 'fantastic win' and insisted that the team are only focusing on the next game ahead instead of looking at any possible title challenge:
WSS: That was a very good win on Sunday against Crystal Palace, was the game as close as the scoreline suggests?
ZR: Fantastic win. It was a close competitive game throughout between two strong teams, desperate for the win.
WSS: Did you always feel comfortable when you were in front or was it a nervy end to the game?
ZR: It certainly felt more comfortable in the first half but being a goal in front made for a nervy second half against the wind, but the girls were up for it and seemed determined to keep a clean sheet.
WSS: Was there also a little bit of relief to get the win, seeing that it was your first league match for two months?
ZR: It was a relief to get the league games up and running in the same fashion that we finished last year in. It seemed like a long wait for the game to come but the girls were ready and up for the challenge.
WSS: Palace have been free scoring this season, especially Gemma Bryan, so is it a good achievement to keep a clean sheet against them?
ZR: Palace have a range of excellent attacking players, so we knew they would pose a threat to our defence. But the girls have been working extremely hard in training and they looked fit, strong and determined to not be broken down. Every single player stayed switched on to defensive duties and worked tirelessly for each other.
WSS: Angela Addison's goal takes her to ten in the league this season, and others have been regulars on the scoresheet as well, is it a big confidence boost to know that goals can come from all around the pitch?
ZR: It's great for our confidence to know that goals can come from any player in the team and that we have been scoring a variety of goals. It's also really pleasing to see our younger players getting opportunities to play and show their potential, Angela has been outstanding and I hope she continues this great form for us.
WSS: This week you play Swindon Town and a win would take you to within two points of leaders Charlton, is it particularly important to guard against complacency for this game?
ZR: We didn't play particularly well in our last game against Swindon, so I know the girls have a desire to put that right on Sunday regardless of league positions. We set high standards for ourselves week in week out and it's great to see what we are starting to achieve, we want to keep the run going.
WSS: Only Charlton have dropped less points than you in the league, how big is the belief that the team can go all the way this season?
ZR: From the manager and coaches down to the players, everyone is feeling relaxed and not getting too carried away. We believe with the talent and work ethic that we have, we are capable of beating anyone in the league on our day. But we also know it's a very long season in a tough league against talented teams. So we have been taking it a game at a time, keeping our targets realistic and not putting too much pressure on ourselves.
WSS: C & K Basildon have come a long way over the last few years and continue to improve, how far do you think the club is capable of going in the future?
ZR: I think the club has a very positive future ahead of it. It's very well supported and believed in by all involved. We have a fantastic manager and coaching staff, along with a new structure that will hopefully allow for a pathway of young talented players to come through and reach their potential with the first team. I'm excited to see where the club can go.
Our thanks to Zoe!
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