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HAMES SEEING DEVELOPMENT OVER FESTIVE PERIOD

7 January 2020

Chris Hames insists he has encouragingly seen his side grow and develop - since his arrival in November. 

The Bradford City Women's manager has overseen two games to date - with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Liverpool Feds in his first outing bettered by a 10-2 victory over Thackley in the West Riding County Cup. 

Fixture postponements and a break over the festive period have seen Hames organising extra training sessions, of which he believes his ladies are beginning to reap the rewards. 

He said: "The weather has certainly not helped us get the number of games we would like to have played in, and under our belts.

"But, looking at silver linings, that has given us even more time together to implement the plan we have going forward.

"The welcome I received from everybody was fantastic. The togetherness of the group is strong, in spite of all the challenges that they have faced.

"It was a pleasant environment to come into, and definitely made my job easier. We were able to hit the ground running, slightly, as soon as I arrived."

These values are ones Hames believes will help the team in the long run, to hopefully ensure survival in the FA Women's National League North Division. 

The Bantams have played three games less than the majority of their rivals and, with just six points separating the bottom five teams, the women's boss is determined to mount an aggressive charge towards staying up. 

He added: "The second half of this season is going to be packed with games. Our focus always has to be on our next game.

"Each match will present us with an opportunity to gain valuable points, to rise up the league and, more importantly, to get this club enjoying its football again.

"The challenges awaiting us make it even better. Knowing we go in every week as the underdog will keep the fire in our bellies to snatch and steal whatever we can.

"The bond the team has fills me with great confidence, heading into the New Year."


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