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Player-coach Jen Wilson won't look beyond clash with Leicester, despite Canterbury Ladies closing on Investec National Premier Division glory

27 February 2014
by Alex Hoad

Player-coach Jen Wilson fires the ball goalward against Clifton

Player-coach Jen Wilson fires the ball goalward against Clifton

Jen Wilson refuses to look beyond Saturday’s bumper Polo Farm clash with Leicester, despite Canterbury Ladies moving a step closer to finishing top in the Investec National Premier Division for the first time.

The city club player-coach saw her side register a 1-0 win over Beeston on Saturday to make it 11 wins in 14 matches and avenge an early-season 3-1 defeat – the only one they have suffered this season.

A Nikki Lloyd goal after a blocked penalty corner strike from Mel Clewlow on 11 minutes proved the difference at Polo Farm as the hosts’ smothering defence, which has conceded just one goal in five games, prevented Beeston from registering a shot on target.

Wilson said: “The scoreline looks close but we totally dominated. Our keeper didn’t have to make a save, we had another goal disallowed and hit the post twice.

“We focused more on our defensive game this season. We’ve worked hard at it and it’s brilliant we’re turning that into clean sheets.”

After winning their game in hand, Canterbury are four points clear of second-placed Reading with four games to go but Wilson insisted: “I’m not looking beyond the next game. The players have all been good at focusing only on the task in hand.

“I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I’ve looked at the table.”

Canterbury can seal a top-four finish and a play-off place if they avoid defeat against fifth-placed Leicester but Wilson warned: “I honestly didn’t know that, it’s great but it is not what we are focusing on this season.

“Leicester is always a tough game and they will throw everything they have at us.”

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