The recent run of bad weather has resulted in a number of Burnley FC Women fixtures being postponed, with the team last playing a league game in mid-January.
The Clarets side are currently fourth in the table but have games in hand over the teams surrounding them and are looking forward to kick starting their campaign again away to Sheffield FC Women on Sunday.
First Team Manager Matt Bee gives his thoughts on the side’s current position.
There have been a number of game postponements due to the recent poor weather conditions, how does this affect yourself and the team?
It’s always difficult when games get postponed, obviously we go into lots of detail in the preparation for each game during the week so it is frustrating from that point of view when games are cancelled. The challenge for us as staff is to keep the players fully focused and training at the necessary intensity, that is a challenge when we have gone so many weeks with games being postponed but we have to ensure that the focus is there.
We have a number of games in hand over teams around us in the table. How do you feel this affects our league campaign?
Having games in hand is a positive if you look at the potential points that we could have, however it is only relevant if we win the games. Every game between now and the end of the season will be a big challenge so we need to ensure that we continue to grow and develop as a group and demand more from ourselves. I’d much rather have points on the board than games in hand.
Looking ahead to the next fixture, we play Sheffield FC Women away this weekend, how are you feeling going into this game?
Sheffield FC will be a test, in the game earlier in the season the score line certainly flattered us because they were well in the game and had big chances so we know that it is going to be a challenge!
It’s a busy fixture schedule, with the rescheduled games added to the calendar. How are you feeling about the upcoming run of games? Are there any you are particularly looking forward to or any you think will be particularly difficult?
Every game will be a major test, it’s going to be extremely difficult with the amount of games we have to play between now and the end of the season and that will put a lot of demands on the squad. We have to continue to work hard and refine our structures to remain effective at this level between now and the end of the season.
Kick-off is 2pm on Sunday 23rd February and the game will take place at The Home of Football Stadium, Sheffield, S18 2GD.