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Leeds United are having a good season in FAWNL Division One North and on Sunday they narrowed the gap on leaders Barnsley to three points with a 2-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers.
We talked to Leeds captain Bridie Hannon, who was pleased with her team's display in beating Bolton on Sunday and revealed that the team is in better shape this season, mentally and physically, to make a serious challenge for the title:
WSS: A good win for you on Sunday, was the game as close as the 2-0 scoreline suggests?
BH: It was a close game, I thought we dominated it overall they created some chances but we created more.
WSS: The win against Bolton makes it four on the trot in the league, how pleased are you with the team's reaction since the narrow defeat to Barnsley?
BH: Very pleased! Under Dan O'Hearne we haven't lost two in a row and it was important to get the three points to keep the pressure on Barnsley. This year we are a force to be reckoned with!
WSS: Last season the team did okay and finished halfway, but is it fair to say you have been a lot more consistent this time around?
BH: Definitely, we have ground out results which we would not have done last season, we have also come from behind to win games. Our mental strength, fitness and determination is better this season.
WSS: The holidays mean that you now have a two week break before you return to action in the New Year with a County Cup tie against Pontefract and then an away match with Liverpool Feds in the league. Are you pleased to be facing Pontefract first, before what looks to be a diificult match?
BH: We don't have a break, we're still in training and the county cup game has been given to us as a walkover. We may well have a league or cup game but if not we will have a friendly.
WSS: Rebecca Hunt has been in tremendous form in front of goal for you this season, is it a big confidence boost to the team to have a big goal threat in her?
BH: At the start of the season she played an important part in scoring goals for us, as we are now midway through the season we have now got two more fantastic strikers contributing to our success. This relieves the pressure on Rebecca, she is still finding the net!
WSS: The Bolton result takes you to within three points of leaders Barnsley having played a game more, how confident are you that you can overhaul the gap as the season goes on?
BH: Yes I think we can, although Barnsley are a good team. In both games we have played against them we have shown we can compete with them, they have scored a lot of late winners so far. We still have play both Barnsley and Brighouse and will be looking to secure all three points from each game
WSS: Leeds United have a great history in the women's game, how important would it be for the club to get back into the higher levels in the future? .
BH: It is our aim to play in the Super League, as it is for the men to play in the Premier League, we feel we belong there!
Our thanks to Bridie!
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