The Dugout - Ladies' First Team: Issue 13Date: 01 February 2019 at 19:02 by Liam Cook
It doesn't get bigger than this. 2nd placed Coventry United Ladies host league leaders Chichester City Ladies at Communications Park, Daventry, this Sunday. United manager Jay Bradford previews this crucial tie with CUTV's Liam Cook as we take a seat in The Dugout
Liam - The weather hasn't been making life easy for groundsmen lately. How frustrating and disruptive is the winter weather to clubs in the FAWNL?
Jay - Yes the weather is far from ideal, snow even beats 4G pitches so grass pitches stand no chance. It's always frustrating not to play but its part and parcel of the game and we have to adapt accordingly.
Liam - Sunday sees 1st take on 2nd in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division, with the visit of Chichester. What implications does this match have on the title race?
Jay - Its important of course, but so are all of our fixtures. We are keen to maintain our league form and Chichester are keen to close the gap, so it should be an exciting encounter.
Liam - United's recent record against Chichester is impressive. What's behind the Red and Greens' high winning ratio over the Lilywhites and what will it take to replicate recent successes on Sunday?
Jay - I think we have prepared well each time and have been fortunate that the players have executed different game plans and played to their strengths. We've had another good week so I would expect us to be raring to go on Sunday.
Liam - The star of the show at Oaklands Park last month was for sure Lilywhites goalkeeper Lauren Dolbear. Have the strikers been suitably prepared for one of the league's best keepers?
Jay - She was very important for Chichester last time out. Our players know where the net is, so again, if we concentrate on us and where our strengths are, we can I'm sure score plenty of goals against any keeper.
Liam - While Chichester currently lead the way, United have several games in hand. But if those games are won, United will top the table. What effect does playing catch up have on title ambitions?
Jay - I don't think it has any effect. We have simple ambitions at Cov, and that is to win football matches. So far we have executed that brilliantly. Chichester will be glad to have their points on the board I'm sure. But we are unbeaten and they are reliant on others teams beating us.
Liam - And finally, compared to last season, how have Chichester's improvements increased the difficulty of defeating the Lilywhites?
Jay - They have improved, there is no doubting that, but I think that's across the whole league. No-one stands still, so its important that we personally keep evolving week on week, not just season by season