Guiseley play their final game of a record-breaking season on Sunday against the only team to defeat them so far in Crewe Alexandra.
The Vixens have broken the northern record for the most points acquired in a single season, beating Middlesbrough’s record of 54 points in 2015/16 season.
It’s the final game of the season and I asked Joint Manager, Glen Preston how are you feeling it has gone as a whole?
“All in all it’s been a good season. We said from day one that we wanted to win the league and get promoted and we highlighted who our title rivals who were potential banana skins and which teams would do us favours in terms of halting our rivals, and everything has almost rung true.
“It’s been tougher than anticipated as teams are better organised now and teams like Liverpool, Brighouse, Hull & Chester Le Street now have five or six Premier League standard players in their squad so results have to be earned. I feel we’ve done this well even when most teams have sacrificed their creativity in order to stifle ours, in most cases we’ve found solutions and managed to ‘unpick the locks’.”
Crewe have been the only team to beat you this season in the league. Do you know what went wrong and can you rectify it this time around?
“Thanks for reminding me! Yes, we know what went wrong and as a club we’re still hurting from it. Sometimes football throws up anomalies and Crewe was one of those moments. As with every single game we’ve played this season we’ve outgunned our opponents in terms of shots and chances created but on this occasion they proved more efficient and we missed exceptionally good opportunities. We can’t allow that to happen again. “
You’re the highest scoring team in the league and Crewe are second bottom with only Tranmere below them. What do you make of this?
“As always the statistics and form are irrelevant. If we were playing a mid-table team, then we’d expect an easier time of things but Crewe are fighting for their own Premier League status and we want redemption for the three points lost last time out.”
This time you’re on the 3G. Do you think the conditions play into your hands?
“Yes, as proved on Sunday, the 3G suits sides that play football. We’ve played on grass all season so moving on to a faster, smoother surface probably aided our performance and I’m backing us to produce something similar this weekend too!”
The game will take place at our facilities partner, Bradford Academy with kick-off being at 2pm.
Words: Oliver Coultas | Photo: Alex Daniel