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TNS Ladies have got off to a great start in FAWPL Midlands Division One and recorded their fifth straight victory on Sunday when they defeated Burton Albion 7-1 in a clash between two teams with 100% records.
We talked to TNS defender Steph Taylor who praised her team mates for their display against Burton but also insisted they needed to keep up this standard in order to pursue a serious title challenge:
WSS: Congratulations on a very good result on Sunday, how pleased were you with team's performance on the day?
ST: The team's performance overall again was brilliant against Burton, demonstrating on the pitch what we have been working on each week at training. To score seven goals and for five of those to be different goalscorers just goes to show the depth and quality we have in the team.
WSS: Would you say it was your best display of the season so far, given how well Burton have started?
ST: Technically, I think yes it may have been one of our better performances, it's important for us to pick up maximum points from each game. We couldn't have wished for a better start to the season with five wins out of five in the league. We knew Burton would be a strong side looking at their recent results since being promoted into the league and we knew it wouldn't be an easy game.
WSS: So that makes it five wins out of five, has the team's start to the season exceeded all expectations?
ST: Five wins out of five, yes the perfect start for us. To have scored 25 goals and only conceded 3 definitely exceeded our expectations despite setting out with high expectations, ambitions and goals. It is now important for us to carry that form into the rest of the season.
WSS: You finished a very creditable sixth last time out in your first season in the league, what do you think the team has learned since then to help make this improvement?
ST: I think there have been numerous changes at the club, one of those being management. The girls have learnt a completely new style of play which they appear to have adapted to, this also seems to suit the group of players that we have. The dedication from the girls, now training twice a week rather than once which will play a big part in fitness levels throughout the season, along with game management and decision making. The depth of players in the squad each week also, the players coming off the bench are just as important as the starting eleven.
WSS: Ten different players have got on the scoresheet already, how big a bonus is it that the goals are coming from so many different sources?
ST: To have ten different goalscorers amongst those 25 goals again just goes to show the strength and depth within the team.
WSS: This week you take a break from the league to take on Shrewsbury Juniors in the FA Cup, is a Cup run amongst the team's priorities for this season?
ST: Obviously the league is our main priority, but yes, equally a cup run is also important to us. As a team we are wanting to win and compete in everything that we play in. So it's important on Sunday that we leave the pitch having given everything.
WSS: A number of teams have started off well in your division, can you envisage the title race staying a close one all season?
ST: The top half of the table is still extremely close as I imagine it will be throughout the season. As a team, we can only affect our own results which means that it's important for us to keep focused each week and take every game as it comes, ensuring maximum points and that we stay in the title race.
Our thanks to Steph!
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