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Burnley FC Women picked up their first league win since November when they beat Loughborough Foxes 2-0 on Sunday, in only their third match in that period.
We talked to Burnley midfielder Nic Worthington, who was delighted to get back to winning ways again and admitted that they are still searching for a top two place:
WSS: Well done on your win on Sunday, was there a touch of relief as well that you have been able to pick up another league victory?
NW: Absolutely, we know as a group we haven't been performing to our best after the Christmas break so getting three points on Sunday was massive and hopefully we can now push on for the remainder of our season.
WSS: How difficult has it been to get started again after so long without a game before playing Stoke last week?
NW: The four to five weeks off wasn't ideal. We obviously keep training but it's not the same intensity as a match day. We started strong but in the second half we dropped off the intensity and Stoke had the edge.
WSS: You took the lead with twenty minutes left, did you always feel confident from that point until that second goal came?
NW: I believe we were the strongest team, however 1-0 is never a secure scoreline in football. Our keeper Emily Gibbins played with the team for the first time this season and had to pull off some excellent saves. I did feel very confident, especially in the second half, we proved to be dominant in and out of possession and limited Loughborough's chances.
WSS: Prior to the Stoke match, you had played just one league match in three months, how frustrating has that been?
NW: It has been very, very difficult to gain any sort of momentum after the Christmas period. We want to play every weekend to maintain our intensity and keep building on our performance level. However, with games being cancelled we can't do this. We have to make sure that in training we are working 110% to maintain our fitness and sharpness.
WSS: This week you have another home match against Hull City. the first of two successive Sunday meetings with them. What kind of game are you expecting against them?
NW: Hull are battling hard at the bottom end of the table so it won't be an easy game. We played them in the FA Cup earlier in the season and they proved a tough test. They will be wanting to get a result on the day and will prove a strong opposition for us once again.
WSS: Sunderland appear to be pulling away from the chasing teams now, but are you confident that you can still finish in second place?
NW: Yes, Sunderland are stretching their lead every week now and proving a formidable team. We still have plenty of games in hand and I think second is the target now but any top half position will be a remarkable achievement for our first season in the National League North. We still have Sunderland to play twice, once at home and away. I will be looking forward to that.
WSS: This is the first time the team have played at this level following promotion last season, have you exceeded your expectations before the season began?
NW: I think the goal was to stay in the league this season and not drop straight back down. So we have certainly cemented our place now. The fact we are aiming for second place speaks volumes of our achievements so far. Nothing can be taken for granted, we still have some very strong teams left to play and the next couple of months will decide our season.
WSS: The club has made rapid strides in a short space of time, do you feel it is ready to make another step up in the future?
NW: I'm very proud to play for Burnley women and the club has some amazing achievements so far. Matt Bee and the team have worked hard to get us into this position. With the players we have and the dedicated coaches there Is no reason why we can't move up and be in the Championship in the next couple of seasons. I'm very excited for the future at Burnley.
Our thanks to Nic!
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