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A run of three wins in four matches, including victories over Poole Town and Larkhall Athletic in the space of three days, has taken Brislington from the bottom of FAWPL South West Division One into mid-table, and they now have a top half place in their sights.
We talked to Brislington captain Sophie Whelan, who admitted that their upsurge in form had boosted the team's confidence and she is more optimistic for the future:
WSS: It's been a very good few days for your team, presumably confidence is very high at the moment?
SW: The last couple of games have built the team confidence up again for definite, it is always easier going into a game off of a win. I think everyone is enjoying it at the moment and it is showing in the way we play as individuals and as a team which always helps boost the confidence on the pitch.
WSS: That makes it three wins in four games, has there been any particular reason for this good run of results?
SW: We had a tough start to the season with some of the big names in the league back to back and it has been a bit of an mixture of a season but recently I think we have got back to the way Bris like to act and play and that has really helped everyone believe we can do well and just play with confidence on the pitch which is always the first hurdle.
WSS: How nervous were the last ten minutes against Poole, when they staged their late comeback in the heat?
SW: It was a bit nerve wracking, we had a few players away that game so always knew that they would be able to bring on fresh legs later on when we had some tired legs and know they are a team who can score goals but I think us taking our chances earlier on in the game, setting us up made all the difference. Even with the comeback I was confident we could hold on and grind out the result and it is a credit to all the girls that game as they gave a shift in and in long run deserved the three points from the game.
WSS: Would you say that the win at Larkhall was one of the team's best performances of the season?
SW: The Larkhall game was a good team performance from us but I do think we have had good performances throughout the season, sometimes even in games we have lost. The difference in the last few games and the Larkhall game is we saw it out to the end and took our chances which, of course, is what wins games. The first half of the Larkhall game wasn't our best as we were a bit panicky and not playing our passing football as much as we would like and looking for the long ball but in the second half everyone stepped up their game, put in the shift and won their individual battles which resulted in us as a whole team playing well across the pitch.
WSS: This Sunday you are up against Larkhall again, this time at home, are you expecting the same kind of game again?
SW: We know what is possible and will definitely be going into the game for the win of course. If we play how we can on the day, then yes we will expect to come away with three points but we know Larkhall have also got a good performance in their locker so we shall see on the day.
WSS: You were bottom of the table a few weeks ago but two more wins could well see you finish fifth, how pleasing an achievement would that be?
SW: Finishing mid-table will definitely be pleasing for us after looking back a few weeks ago, it has been a tough season and at one point we probably didn't think it would be possible. Looking back at some of the games we have lost, we feel we could have done better but the pick up towards the end of the season has definitely done us wonders as a team and also in the table standings.
WSS: Are you confident that your good run of form should stand you in good stead for next season?
SW: We are definitely ending it on a positive note so hopefully yes, we have had a few weeks towards the end where players have been away due to other commitments so it will good for everyone to have the break and recover before pre-season and hopefully we can have a good season next year.
Our thanks to Sophie!
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