Burnley FC Women First Team Manager Matt Bee, talks about how the team have adapted to life in the FA Women’s National League Division One North and looks ahead to the rest of the season…

We’re over half way through the season, what are your thoughts up to this point? 

It’s been a great first half of the season for the team, the consistency they have shown across the games has been pleasing. We knew we would have to perform at our maximum in every game, in line with our tactical framework, in order to achieve positive results so full credit to the players for achieving this so far.

As the newly promoted team, how do you feel the squad have adapted to this league?

We had to adapt quickly, the game at this level is tighter, teams are far more effective in transition and can punish you if you don’t react to situations effectively. The first game of the season, the 3-0 defeat to Chester le Street, was a wake up call for us but we learnt from it and have reacted positively.

What are your aims and ambitions for Burnley FC Women?

We have to keep taking it one game at a time. I want to keep learning and developing as a coach and keep progressing and further developing the team. We have lots of work to do but let’s keep working hard and see where we end up.

What would you say to Burnley FC fans interested in supporting the women’s game?

The women’s game has grown massively in the last few years and the standard has increased, the club is fully embedded as part of the Burnley FC family so it would be great for as many Clarets fans as possible to get behind the team and show their support. It will certainly be a massive help in the tight games we have coming up over the next few months.