Clubhouse: The Inside Track

Chris Grassick of Surbiton v Southgate, Sept 20 2014, credit Tim Reder - 450

Surbiton put the pressure on East Grinstead closing the gap to a point at the top of the table with a professional 2-0 win over Reading. In the Investec Women's Premier Division, Leicester moved to within touching distance of the playoffs with a hard-earned victory over Buckingham. Chris Grassick and Lauren Turner tell us the news from inside their respective teams.

Chris Grassick, Surbiton.

On the game against Reading:
We spoke last week about starting well and keeping it close for 35-40 minutes and then stepping it up after that. We have some great attacking players so we were able to do that. We didn’t play our best but it was a good performance.
We’ve had a lot of really hard games this year and Reading have a lot of good players. We had to perform and get the win and luckily we did that today. We fought really hard second half and were able to get the goals we needed."

On taking advantage of other results:
We don’t look at them to be honest. We see the results but it’s not a big thing. If you keep looking every week instead of thinking about your own performance that’s when you can cause yourself problems. We try to improve each week and fingers crossed we can peak at the right time. There are more supposed surprise results as the league goes on. If you don’t turn up and play at 100% or close to it you can easily lose a game."

On Surbiton’s aims for the season:
We want to get better every match, aim for the playoffs. We want to finish top of the league and go from there. We’ve seen other teams play in Europe and we want to be there playing the best players and we want to make sure we get our chance next year. Everyone is playing their part and we’re playing pretty well right now. We have to keep it going."

Leicester celebrate against Buckingham

Lauren Turner, Leicester.

On the win over Buckingham:
It was a bit of a scrappy game. We played really well against Birmingham last week which was a big test for us. We knew it’d bring us closer to the top four. This week we had the same mindset but the performance wasn’t at the level we’d like but it was good to get the three points."

On Leicester’s fighting spirit:
At least we know how to grind a result out. We had results at the start of the season like the Birmingham game, Holcombe losing in the last minute a late goal to Canterbury, we’ve dropped points in those close games previously this could be an important step for us, getting that win and the three points when we weren’t at our best.
We had a good win before the break, but we picked up where we left off and the team is in a good place. We had a lot of new faces but we’re really gelling as a team right now. People are getting a good understanding."

On the team effort from the Pukkas:
Rachel Mack’s been really good, Liz George and Katie Long have chipped in with goals and our youngsters like Emily Kilner have stepped up, too. It’s fantastic to see how well everyone is playing at the same time. Hopefully we can take that forward after Christmas."

On her return to Leicester:
It’s been great to come back. It took me some time to settle back in as it’s totally different to Holland. I’m really happy to be back. Leicester is like one big family and it’s a great team to be part of."

On the Pukkas’ aims for the season:
At the start of the year we were aiming for top four. We reassessed a little after the start we had but I think it’s still a realistic aim and within our grasp. We’re going to find it hard after Christmas. We have a couple of players who will be out due to pregnancy, which is great news for them, but for a team it’s a bit of a blow!"

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