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Enfield Town have got off to a good start this season and their 2-0 victory over Kent Football Utd on Sunday leaves them in fifth place in Division One South West, just behind the leading teams.
We talked to Enfield defender Rachel Kosky, who described Sunday's win as 'vital' and insisted that the team can draw inspiration from their recent display against Yeovil Town for this week's Women's FA Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon and beyond:
WSS: How important was the win on Sunday, which keeps you just behind the top four teams in the division?
RK: Sunday's win was vital for a couple of reasons. Firstly, as you mentioned, this keeps us on the heels of the current top four and still very much within sight of the top spot. But secondly it will help us maintain momentum and a winning mindset moving forwards. Each win gives the team a little extra confidence boost which is important going into each game.
WSS: Did you always feel comfortable when you managed to get two goals ahead?
RK: Our second half performance on Sunday was much more comfortable than the first, but credit to Kent, they didn't give up and continued to fight for every ball and continue to attack us. Our mindset however is never that we are comfortable because we are ahead, we continued to try and extend that lead knowing that anything is possible in a match and being two goals ahead doesn't mean that you are home and dry.
WSS: Even though you just missed out on penalties against Yeovil, overall it was a good week for the team?
RK: It's been a busy couple of weeks for the girls with five games in two weeks and just one defeat (Yeovil) so I'd say it's been a great couple of weeks! Despite us losing the Yeovil game, this was in fact our best performance and we've been able to take so many positives from it. We came off the pitch feeling quite hard done by, our pace of play, work ethic and desire to win was evident. We've set this performance as our benchmark for the remainder of the season, so we are confident as we know how well we can play.
WSS: This week it's the FA Cup and a home tie against AFC Wimbledon, presumably you are looking forward to what ought to be a good game?
RK: Yes, I can see this being a tough but great game. When we met last month in the league it was a difficult game for us so we know what we are up against. The FA Cup is an exciting competition to be involved in and it's always a great test to see how far you can get. With last weekend's excellent performance against a team who are in the league above, we are even more confident going into each game.
WSS: AFC Wimbledon narrowly beat you in the league last month - your only defeat so far - will you be looking to put the record straight this time?
RK: Of course! We know that our performance away to Wimbledon last month was well below par so we won't be making that same mistake again. This is a great opportunity to put the record straight without the pressure of the league. We know that if we play at the standard we did the other weekend against Yeovil then it will be a completely different game, so we are not worried by the result from our last meeting.
WSS: If you can get through this Sunday, how big a boost to the team would a potential cup run be?
RK: Our main focus is obviously on winning the league but progression in cup games is going to help boost confidence in the team and provide a welcome break from the league. A win on Sunday will put us into the First Round Proper with another opportunity to play against a team at the same level as us, so there is added motivation there that we can progress well in the FA Cup.
WSS: You have got off to a good start this season, are you confident that you can keep it going through the campaign?
RK: I am more than confident that we can continue our recent form for the remainder of the season. We have great strength and depth in the squad which I think is going to be the difference for us. There are a lot of new faces in the team this season, myself being one of those, and with each game the bond is getting stronger which is helping our dynamics on the pitch.
WSS: The division is shaping up to be a really close one, can you see the title race being wide open?
RK: Yes, in past seasons even this early on it was usually fairly clear who was going to run away with the league. I think that the quality has definitely improve this season with less of a divide between the top and bottom teams.
Our thanks to Rachel!
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