Voting for the 2018 North West Football Awards is now open with Burnley FC Women’s Sarah Greenhalgh and Leah Embley both up for nominations.

The Clarets are delighted the two female players have been nominated in the category against players from sides including Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

Greenhalgh is nominated in the Women’s Player of the Year category, after leading the line for the Clarets as they pushed for promotion out of the North West Women’s Regional League. Having previously played for Manchester City her quality has never been in doubt as she propelled the team towards the league title scoring over 30 goals in all competitions.

A powerful player, able to play both central striker as well as part of the midfield set up, she was the focal point of the team’s play and effectiveness last season.

A knee injury resulted in Greenhalgh missing a spell of games early in the season however she returned to the side to score a crucial goal in a 2-0 win over title rivals Stockport County LFC to drive the team towards the league title.

Nominated in the Women’s Rising Star of the Year category is Leah Embley.

The 2017/18 season was Embley’s first for the Clarets having joined from Accrington in the summer. Described as a lively winger with a fantastic change of pace and speed, doubled up with great dribbling and finishing ability, she scored 18 goals from the right side of midfield including 4 in a 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. This key performance helped the team towards a crucial victory in the push for promotion.

Embley’s essential contribution was recognised by team mates as she picked up the Players Player of the Year award at the Burnley FC Women awards night at Turf Moor in June. She was ever present for the team starting every game and always contributing high energy to every performance; with Burnley FC Manager and coaching staff certain the player has a bright future ahead of her.

Of the nominations Burnley FC Women First Team Manager Matt Bee said: “I am delighted that both Sarah and Leah have been short listed for prestigious Northwest Football Awards. The 2017/18 league campaign was brilliant for us as a team and both players played critical roles in ensuring we had the most successful season on record and are continuing to make positive contributions this season. I wish them both the best of luck on the night!”

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The closing date for voting is Friday 12th October.

To find out more information about Burnley FC Women, contact First Team Manager Matt Bee on or call 01282 704 716.