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Burnley look forward to new era
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 North News - 26 Jul 2018
WNL Division 1 North News - Burnley look forward to new era - 26 Jul 2018 - Women's Football News
Burnley FC Women first team's end of season win against CMB Ladies FC resulted in them finishing top of the North West Women's League Premier Division, ending an 11-year baron spell of achievement in major competitions.
After a rollercoaster of a season, the team made club history by topping the table by a clear six points to gain promotion into the newly named FA Women's National League Division One North.
Burnley FC Women First Team Manager, Matt Bee said: "It took a lot of hard work and effort from everybody involved to get us to this point.
"The players have worked tirelessly. What we have achieved for the club is immense. It's now time for us to reflect on the season, be proud of what we've done and prepare for the challenge of being in the Women's National League next season."
First Team Captain, Jo Holt added: "This season has been phenomenal from start to finish. The coaching and set up has been fantastic and a special group of players who have come together at the right time making it seem it was meant to be this season."
The season also saw the team embark on an historic run in the SSE Women's FA Cup when the Burnley side reached the Third Round proper and were narrowly defeated by Southern Premier Division team Cardiff City Ladies.
The squad faced tough competition from the beginning against Fleetwood Town Wrens, Merseyrail Bootle, Wigan Athletic, Alnwick Town and notably a penalty shootout win against Stoke City.
This, coupled with the league title win and promotion, rounded off quite the season for the Claret Women. To mark this success and the beginning of a new era, Burnley FC in the Community who now look after operations, rebranded the club to Burnley FC Women. A brand new purpose-built website will complement the already rebranded social media accounts and the Women's First Team will share a semi professional ground.
The squad has a real mixture of experience and youth. Young strikers Evie Priestley and Georgia Payton have made their mark over the last two seasons. Payton, daughter of Burnley FC legend Andy Payton, scored five out of five in one league encounter. Leah Embley joined from neighbours Accrington LFC at the start of the season and has performed outstandingly and racked up a goal tally to be proud of. Ex-Manchester City striker Sarah Greenhalgh has spearheaded up front and bagged eight in one high scoring game.
However, the team also has strength in other areas. Two great goalkeepers - Taylor Gregson and Lauren Bracewell - have had to compete for selection. It was Bracewell who superbly maintained a clean sheet in the SSE Women's FA Cup second round game against Stoke City.
The experience comes from a number of players who last played National League football over ten seasons ago. Jo Holt, Vikki Eastwood, Lynette Craig and the ageless Justine Wallace. How will they do on their return? Time will tell.
To find out more information about Burnley FC Women, contact First Team Manager, Matt Bee on m.bee@burnleyfc.com or call (01282) 704716.

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