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We talk to...Emma Bentley (Leeds Ladies)
 Women's Football News 15 May 2015
We talk to...Emma Bentley (Leeds Ladies) - 15 May 2015 - Women's Football NewsAfter their troubles last summer, Leeds Ladies have had a good season in Northern Division One of the Premier League, finishing in third place after winning all of their last six games. 
We talked to Leeds captain Emma Bentley, who spoke of her pride in the team's performance this season as well as looking forward to what she hopes will be a title challenge next time around: 
How pleased were you with finishing the season on a winning note against Tranmere?
It was great to end the season with a win, and we left it until the last kick of the game to do it. Even though we had nothing left to play for, the target was still to end the season by taking the maximum points available.

That completed a run of six successive wins, do you feel that the team got better as the season went along?
I think towards the end of the season we have really got into our rhythm and played some of the best football on show in this league. We had a successful run early on in the season, but on this run we had to test ourselves against some top sides on the way to those last six wins - including Liverpool Feds and Middlesbrough - which shows that we are a really strong side.

How big an achievement do you think it was to finish in third place?
This time last year we were on the verge of relegation and disbanding. To even survive as a club was phenomenal. But to achieve third place, and to beat both teams above us, is outstanding.

After all the problems last summer, was it a season overall that the team can be proud of?
Definitely!! There are things we know we could have done even better, and we have plenty to work on before next season. But overall I think what we have achieved is something we can all be very proud of.

Are there any people who particularly deserve a mention for their efforts, on and off the pitch?
Gary Cooper, Nicola Bright and Jim Bright have given their absolute all to make this season happen. Without them we wouldn't have a team to play for. Gaz Lee, Jak Oldroyd and the rest of the management team work so hard week in week out to make sure we play the best football possible, and every single girl in this team pulls on that white shirt and gives 100% to Leeds every week. It's a real team effort.

So presumably you are hoping for a smoother, quieter summer this year?
Yes! We are all looking forward to a rest but we only have about five weeks off, and I know that pre-season preparations are in place to make sure we are real title contenders next season.

How confident are you that the team can build on this and be serious title contenders next season then?
Very confident. We have the right attitude, the pride and the passion and we are willing to work hard and give everything it takes to be champions.

Do you feel that it is important for a club like Leeds to at least be playing in the top division in the future?
It is vital for us to build the right foundations for Leeds to be in the top division in the future. Even though we do not have the 'Leeds United' name anymore, we have the right support and infrastructure to build on this success and be amongst the top teams in the country.

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