Lydia Bedford looks forward to her next game in charge of Barnet Ladies
Lydia Bedford is confident that her side can provide a tough test for Sunderland on Sunday.
The Black Cats currently sit top of the league with the Bees languishing at the bottom but Bedford was encouraged by their performance in a 1-1 draw with Charlton last week.
Speaking ahead of the match Bedford admitted that it would be a tough but both her and her side were very much looking forward to it.
“It will be a tough game but one thing we will certainly not do it underestimate them because the ability within their squad is fantastic and they have it in depth.
“Their league position is a testament to how good they are but we will do everything we can to make it difficult for them in our attempts to secure a positive result.”
The Bees were on the wrong end of a 7-0 hammering in the reverse fixture in August but the manager is hoping that it will be a lot closer on Sunday.
“We had a very difficult experience last time we faced them and they’re a very good side but it is a great game to play in.
“It is always highly competitive and has a great history, some of the games have been very close and hopefully this will be the case on Sunday.”
She did however admit that they would have to change their style of play in order to counter the attacking prowess of Sunderland.
“We have spent a lot of time in training this week focussing on we can limit their game and combat the threat they possess.
“Traditionally we are a very positive, attacking team but we will need to alter the way we play to ensure we do not allow them the freedom to hurt us.”
The Ladies also have to face the table toppers with a somewhat depleted line-up.
“We had a deprived squad last time out and that will be the case again this weekend because a lot of the players have other commitments.
“This once again highlights the importance of our Super League application as the format will become a lot more professional.”
They will also have to do it without Vicky Boardman who is unlikely to have recovered in time to play for the club again before moving stateside.
Vicky is recovering well and putting in a lot of hours in the gym to ensure she is ready for the start of the US season on May 16th.
“Unfortunately I do not think she will play for the club again but we wish her all the best in her recovery and of course in her career with LA Strikers.”
Last time out against Charlton the Bees secured a 1-1 draw and Bedford was delighted with their second-half performance.
“I was officially manager when we beat Old Actonians in the cup but I was away on a course with the FA at St George’s Park.
“My first real game in charge was the draw with Charlton and it was great to see the character, heart and desire shown by the players to come from 1-0 down.”
She continued: “I do not think I have ever been more excited for the team, they came out after the break and pulled one back straight away and we had some great opportunities to win the game.
“We lost our penalty taker in November and had not discussed a replacement. Unfortunately the girl who stepped up saw her effort saved but the biggest thing for me was the performance which showed how far we have come.”