Burnley FC Women First Team Captain, Jo Holt, offers her thoughts as the newly promoted Clarets Women continue to maintain their position at the top of the FA Women’s National League Division One North table.
What are your thought on the season so far?
It’s been a tough start in terms of the step up and the need to ensure full concentration in every game at all times. To some people outside our tight knit group there is probably some surprise at how well we have adapted to this level, but there was always a great belief within the squad that we could do well. We’re taking it one game at a time and we have a great young manager whose attention to detail is second to none to ensure that he gets the absolute best out of every player.
How are the team adapting to the new league?
We know that some teams have technically better players than us, so the minimum we have to do is match their desire, make ourselves difficult to beat and take our chances when they come. We have a great work ethic which is built around a structure within which every player knows their role and that has been massively important for us. We also have some really experienced players and some young players coming through who have a desire to go on and play at a higher level which has been a good combination for the club.
Are there any upcoming league or cup games that you are particularly looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to the return game against Chester Le Street. We played them in the first game of the season and had a little wobble in confidence mid game and ended up losing 3-0 (the only game we have lost this season). It’ll be nice to go and play them with a more confident squad to see how we have developed.
The league remains the priority but after a great FA Cup run last season, it would also be nice to reach the Lancashire Cup final. We know we have a massive challenge against Blackburn Rovers Ladies in the semi-final who are a well-established team but we will give our all to make sure that we give a good account of ourselves.
What are your aims for the rest of the season?
We need to take each game at a time, set up and prepare properly and continue with the ethos of hard work which has carried us this far. Nobody expected us to be sitting top of the league at Christmas, so there is no expectation on us other than our own internal expectation to give our all for one another and the management team. We have played every team in the league so there will be few surprises, it’ll just be about the desire to maintain our standards and as the gaffer says regularly ‘impossible is only an opinion’.