QPR LADIES captain Jade Dempster admits the R’s extra-time win at Chesham United in the FA Women’s Cup was the perfect start to 2013.
Katie O’Leary’s double secured Rangers’ passage through as the Ladies advanced to the third round for the first time in three years.
Victory was their first since September after a disappointing first half to the campaign leaves Martino Chevannes’ troops at the foot of the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division table.
Dempster couldn't contain her delight at full-time and hopes Sunday’s confidence-boosting result can act as a springboard for brighter times ahead.
“We are over the moon,” she told www.qpr.co.uk. “After how we started the season we wanted to show that it’s a new year, new start.
“The win is what we needed. It’s been coming.
“It’s a good platform for us for the second half to the season.”
The Hoops' passage through was even more impressive considering Chesham’s success this term, who lead the way in the South East Combination League at the halfway stage.
After falling at the first hurdle to lower league opposition in each of the last two years, the R's skipper was delighted to avoid another early exit.
“It was a big deal for us,” Dempster said. “We desperately wanted the club to progress into the next round.
"Chesham haven’t been beaten in 18 months and are a side looking to come into the Premier League.
“We came out on top so of course it’s got to give you more than a little bit of confidence.”
Rangers face high-flying Millwall on Sunday knowing victory could draw them level on points with Lewes.
Despite their lowly position, Dempster remains confident the side can turn things around.
“We struggle a lot with continuity in the team but hopefully off the back of this win players will be up for the cause," she added.
“We’ve been putting in good performances but just haven’t been getting the results.
“We’ve got the second half [of the season] to come now and we need to climb out from the bottom of the table.
“We’ve got a big hill to climb but I think we’re capable of doing it.”