Women's

Barton striving for a higher finish

Kirsty Barton says there is plenty of motivation to improve on last season’s ninth-place FA Women's Super League finish, and says the whole squad is now used to the demands of full-time professional football.

By James Hilsum • 14 August 2019

By Kieran Cleeves

Barton was speaking at the club’s pre-season training camp in Spain, and explained that everyone is eager to build on what was a solid end to the 2018/19 campaign.

She said, “The facilities here are amazing and we’re very lucky to be here. It feels like we’re properly getting down to business.

“The tempo and intensity has gone up, and with it being our first year as full-time athletes last season, a lot of us found that tough because we weren’t used to training twice a week. Now we’ve managed to get used to that and we're into the swing of things.

“Last season we were unlucky with some of the results, especially at home, where we drew or got a 1-0 defeat. We know as a collective group that we can get more out of those games, and we definitely want to strive and finish higher up the table this season.

“Towards the end of the season we were a lot more positive and built up a lot more momentum, which we can hopefully take into this season. The atmosphere so far has been very positive.”

By Kieran Cleeves

The 27-year-old spoke about the strides the club has made since she arrived eight years ago, and hopes to continue donning the blue-and-white stripes for a long time to come.

“It’s very different now compared to when I first joined Brighton, but I wouldn’t want to be at any other club because I love playing here.

“Eight years ago we were training twice a week down the road on a 3G pitch, and now we have all the facilities we need every day. We feel very lucky.”

By Kieran Cleeves

Barton also praised the impact which new signings Megan Walsh, Matilde Skovsen, Danique Kerkdijk and Lea Le Garrec have had on the squad, and commented on the brilliant news that Albion fans had snapped up 500 FA WSL season tickets ahead of the new campaign.

“They’ve made a big impact on the team. They've clicked together very easily, and I am very much looking forward to them all being involved.

“Selling 500 season tickets is very positive news, and it shows that the people who followed us last year have seen what we’re about and managed to spread the word.

“We want as many fans as possible to come down and watch us. I’m sure they will enjoy what they see, and it will really help us as a team.”

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