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Keynsham Town are just one point away from winning the FAWNL Division One South West title following their eleven goal victory against Maidenhead Utd on Sunday.
We talked to Keynsham midfielder Ellie Curson who paid tribute to her squad in their impending title success and insisted there is more to come in the future:
WSS: You are so close to the league title now that you can practically touch it, is it a bit frustrating that you have to wait another week for the chance to clinch it?
EC: I wouldn't say its frustrating. It has been our aim all season. We have been so focused and determined to get promoted and it happens to be possible this weekend. I would say it is more exciting!
WSS: Sunday's win made it 25 goals in two games, with Kerry Bartlett not on the pitch for most of that time, is that a tribute to the firepower the team has?
EC: It just shows the quality that we have throughout the whole squad. We have players that can step up when players are injured and have proven that they can compete. We have had some dual signed youngsters from the sister club, Keynsham Town Development start for the first team who have settled in really well and performed.
WSS: How enjoyable has it been to have played in this Keynsham team this season?
EC: It has been one of the most enjoyable seasons that I have had so far in my footballing career. It has been great to play with some of the girls that I have previously played with. We have really gelled as a group and we get on really well.
WSS: That team of course includes the remarkable Justine Lorton who is still dominating matches and scored another two on Sunday. What is it like to play alongside her?
EC: Justine is a great player who has a huge amount of experience that she shares with the squad. She is someone that all members of the squad look up to and respect hugely. She has been in fantastic form this season and has contributed to the high number of goals that we have scored. The fact that she is still playing, 90 minutes each week at her age is a achievement in itself!
WSS: This week you go to Southampton Saints who gave you a tough game in the league earlier this season. Taking nothing for granted, is it the game you waited for, the chance to finally clinch the league title?
EC: We take each game as it comes and aim to get three points each week. It would be great to go to Southampton this weekend and clinch the league title as we have been waiting for that moment all season. We know that Southampton will give us a tough game. Going away from home is always harder but I am confident that we can go and get the job done this weekend if we are on form.
WSS: Is the only real disappointment this season the way you went out of the Plate, on penalties in the quarter finals?
EC: Yes I would say this was probably our most disappointing stage of the season. Going out on penalties is always hard. However, we took a lot from the game and showed again that we are able to compete against a higher league team.
WSS: Assuming that you do clinch promotion, do you think that the team is capable of making an impact at a higher level?
EC: Absolutely - we have proven this season against the likes of Portsmouth, Basildon and MK Dons that we can compete. We have the experience and quality within the squad to compete at a higher level and I have no concerns that we will struggle next season.
WSS: How bright do you think the future is for Keynsham Town?
EC: I think that the future is really bright - we have a wealth of experience within the squad. We are a really determined bunch of girls that are ambitious and will give everything our all. As a group we are confident that we can compete in the league above and we will take each game as it comes!
Our thanks to Ellie!
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