Emma Lee catches up with LUTV on the season so far.
Leeds United Ladies midfielder Emma Lee Bentley sat down with LUTV recently to talk about the season so far and the aims for the New Year. The first-team squad head into 2019 currently 6th in the Northern Division One League (with two games in hand) and still part of the FA Women’s Cup and County Cup.
Emma, how’s the season gone for the ladies team so far?
It’s been really positive; the season is going well so far. We’re definitely progressing – doing well in the FA Cup and the County Cup too. We’ve not played as many league games as we’d have liked so we’ve got games in hand and hopefully after Christmas we’ll be able to turn those into points on the board and catch up with some of the teams currently leading.
Is it frustrating for the team, not having played as many league games?
Yeah it’s something we have spoken about but we don’t mind being in the hunting pack for the time being, it’s giving us something to aim towards. It is frustrating in the sense you want to see those results and if we’d have been able to turn some of our recent good performances into league points then that would have been great. The league really is our focus and we just want to do the best we can, hopefully those games will come as quick as possible now.
You’ve got bit of a break now over Christmas, is that something you all look forward to?
I think it’s good for us to have a small break, a chance to rest and enjoy spending time with family. We were under strict instructions not to indulge in too many mince pies though. We've been given about two weeks off altogether and we’re back on the 3rd with an FA Cup game on Sunday 6th against Huddersfield so that’s going to be a tough game for us – it’s a case of looking after ourselves during the break.
There will be no room for error when it comes to taking on Huddersfield in that FA Cup fixture?
Certainly not, especially when you’re playing against a team who are currently sitting 2nd in the league above ours. We know it will be a tough test for us; we’ve got to keep on top of running and gym sessions during this break to make sure we’re in the best shape we can be when we get back into training and kicking a ball on the 3rd with three days to then prep for the game.
Looking ahead to the New Year, what are the goals and aims for the squad?
We want to do as well as we can obviously in everything, cup competitions and the league. The gaffer wants us to start by winning the county cup and then in terms of the league we just want to do the best that we can. It’s a really competitive division and we need to pick up as many points as possible and do ourselves justice with our league position come the end of the season.