Lady Clarets are optimistic ahead of new season

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Preparations for Burnley Ladies’ 2014-15 campaign are progressing well, with growing optimism that they can better last season’s mid-table finish in the North West Regional Premier League.

In July, the lady Clarets entered two teams into a 6-a-side competition at Accrington, each winning through the early rounds to create an all-Burnley final.

Their first friendly fixture at Brighouse Town was abandoned in spectacular circumstances when, after 70 minutes, a violent storm erupted that cast a bolt of lightening across the pitch, the players retreating to the changing rooms for their own safety; at the time, the Clarets were trailing 2-1 and pressing for an equaliser. Subsequently, the Burnley Ladies have triumphed against Haslingden Ladies (4-3) and Manchester Stingers (6-1).

A number of the all-conquering youth team have now graduated to senior football; these youngsters, in tandem with skipper Jo Holt and a nucleus of other experienced players, will form a formidable unit, combining pace, exuberance and guile.

With a large squad at his disposal, the new first-team manager, Phil Leedham, will face a thorny task when he has to select his starting XI when the league kicks off for real on September 7th

This season, Burnley Ladies will also field a senior development squad who will compete in the Lancashire Women’s County League.

And the players, pictured (s), will all look the part this season, clad in their new, all-red training kit.