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Cheltenham Town are having an excellent season in FAWNL Division One South West and on Sunday, they produced their best result so far when they won 1-0 against previously unbeaten Southampton Women.
We talked to Cheltenham midfielder Annabel Davies, who described the win as their best performance of the season so far, and also insisted that they are not looking any further than the next match they play:
WSS: Well done on a good result on Sunday, would you say that was the best the team have played to date this season?
AD: I think it is the best the team has performed, yes. We knew it was going to be a tough game and everyone put their all in and we all worked for each other to get the result.
WSS: What were the last fifteen minutes like, once Annie Martin had scored and put you in front?
AD: I think the last fifteen became very intense once Annie had scored, Southampton kept on pushing and didn't drop their heads. We had to make sure we kept our standards up to make sure we got the win and didn't concede.
WSS: How big a filip will the result be for the team, when considering you had lost your previous league match to Chesham?
AD: I think it will have a positive impact with the team. I think with getting the win against Southampton and not against Chesham has made us realise we need to make sure we are playing our best level all the time against all teams in the table. If we do then we are very capable of getting the three points.
WSS: You have no game this week, but the following Sunday you are at home to Brislington. You beat them 7-4 on the opening day of the season, what sort of match are you expecting this time?
AD: Next week will be tough as Brislington will try to come out stronger. They have already played us twice, once in the FA Cup, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we play to our standards. Hopefully it won't be another high scoring game but they are on a very good run and must be respected.
WSS: Cheltenham recruited heavily during the summer to strengthen the squad and the new signings have paid off with a great start to the season. Are you exceeding the expectations you had before it began?
AD: Yes, I do believe we are exceeding the expectations before the season started, from going from one of the bottom teams in the league last season. It's amazing how well we have started this season. I think we have made massive improvements that we did not expect at all. We just need to keep developing as much as we can and continue playing well.
WSS: You still have to play Southampton Women again and have two games against Keynsham to come in the future. Is there any talk about the title within the squad or are you just focusing on one game at a time?
AD: I think for us as a team, we are just taking one game at a time. There was a lot of talk from people about getting a title win, but I think it's vital for us not to get caught up in that and just focus on one game at a time and getting the three points each week. We have to remember where we have come from as a club and keep being the silent team that gets results against the big teams.
WSS: Regardless of what happens this season, there is no doubt that the club is in good shape and looking vibrant, on and off the pitch. If you can continue the progress you are making, how far do you think you are capable of going?
AD: The team is probably at one of its strongest points we've had so far in my time at the club. I think we can only keep on getting better and put Cheltenham on the radar in the women's game. I think for the time being, as a club just want to get as many points and wins as we can and compete against top teams like Southampton. Potentially I believe that the team could push for the title soon, but that come down to us performing every week and developing as a group.
Our thanks to Annabel!
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