INTERVIEW: Lee Burch previews crucial match at home to Brighton
After a few weeks off and a whopping 59 days since Yeovil Town Ladies played a league home match, we caught up with Manager Lee Burch ahead of arguably his biggest game since taking charge.
Tonight, Yeovil face Brighton in a relegation six-pointer, knowing a win will boost survival hopes ahead of their trip to Everton two weeks on Sunday.
Burch said: “We have had a few weeks to reflect on the Arsenal game and motivation of this group is high as always. We made sure we played some good friendlies, including one against the Army FA. That was quite a different game to the type we are used to and was very useful.
“We also travelled to Aston Villa for our second friendly against them and I saw some real improvements.”
The break has been a blessing for Burch who now has a full strength side to choose from tonight.
He added: “Amber Gaylor has been out for quite a while now – since before Christmas. Had these breaks not happened, she would have missed a lot more games than she has so for that we are very grateful. Georgia Evans is also fine to play so credit to all the staff for their hard work over the international break.”
Emily Syme has also returned after spending the international break in Spain with England’s Under-19 and Burch praised the midfielder for her performances and the impact it has had on her training for Yeovil Town.
Burch said: “It was massive for Syme because during the last two camps she has been injured. She started two of the three games and the reports back are very positive. It is a shame we didn’t have a few others on international duty but it has given the staff a chance to really work on some stuff with the players.”
Ahead of facing Brighton, Burch told us he believes huge strides have been taken by the Glovers since the defeat away at the Seagulls back in October.
He said: “The progress has been massive. We have some players back, we have added Rachel McLauchlan to the squad and we have really improved and for that I am proud of the whole squad.
“We are now playing the very best version of Brighton there is. They have got better and better over the season and since beating Liverpool 2-0 they have really pushed on. They will see three points tonight as a real statement but we have to focus on ourselves and myself, the staff and the players are going to go out there tonight and battle for every ball.”