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Swansea City go into the holiday break in second place in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League following their 2-0 win against Cardiff City Women on Sunday.
We talked to Swansea midfielder Sophie Hancocks, who was delighted with the team's performance in the victory over Cardiff, and looked ahead to the challenge of chasing after league leaders Cardiff Met Women when the league resumes in January:
WSS: That was a fine result for you on Sunday, is that one of your best wins of the season to date?
SH: I definitely think it was one of the best football we have played this season, the effort from all the girls was amazing and the hard work we put in got a us a fantastic win for our last game of 2018.
WSS: Your early goal would have helped of course, but were there any nervy moments before Emma Beynon scored the second late on?
SH: I don't think there were any nervy moments when it was still only 1-0, we knew if kept the high intensity of play up and continued to work hard then a second goal wasn't desperate, however I think it just showed our persistence and quality to score more.
WSS: The win takes you back up into second place going into the break, are you satisfied with that overall?
SH: I think second at Christmas is fantastic, we still have another half of the season to go which is always interesting because the league can be won and lost in this end of the season so we are confident and very happy with our position for the Christmas break.
WSS: Is it a little frustrating though that you now have a month without a game, having picked up some momentum with three straight wins?
SH: It's always frustrating not playing games and having time off but it is a perfect opportunity for us to recover after a tough first half of the season. We will still be training over the Christmas break and putting in the extra work to ensure that our winning momentum continues in the new year.
WSS: When you do return to action in the New Year you will be up against Cardiff City again, a tough return but presumably an occasion you will be looking forward to?
SH: Yes definitely, a derby day game is always expected to be a good occasion and especially from our win over them last weekend. I think the game will be good and well contested from both teams.
WSS: With half of the season gone, are you confident you can still catch Cardiff Met, but do you think it means you may have to win practically every single game from now?
SH: Like I said, the second half of the season is always interesting and of course we will continue to focus on ourselves, winning games but most importantly providing good performances which is our way of playing and we will continue with that mentality in every game we go into in the new year.
WSS: Last week you reached the semi finals of the League Cup and will be up against Rhyl at the end of next month. You have a good record in cup competitions in recent years, how big an incentive for the team is the opportunity of getting to another Final?
SH: Yes it was a great win and we are extremely happy to be in the semi final of the league cup. Of course for any team in any league, competing in a cup final is a fantastic occasion and something that as a team we will be working hard towards.
WSS: Overall, is the WPWL getting tougher season by season, as the results seem to be suggesting?
SH: I have been playing for Swansea for six years and every year the league does get a lot more competitive and tougher. I think in the last two years more so than ever, every team in the league from the bottom of the table to the top of the table always provides a tough test but I think it's fantastic as it shows the quality of women football in Wales.
Our thanks to Sophie!
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