LEEDS AWAY - I can’t wait! I know the gaffer said he wanted Leeds at home in the Johnstone Paints Trophy Northern semi-final but I am happy to go to Elland Road in front of what should be a big crowd and it’s great for our fans.
They are obviously flying high, top of League One, and you only have to look where they have been.
In 2001, they were in the Champions League semi-finals and we were in the UniBond League so it is unbelievable that we are playing them.
We go there under no pressure and hopefully we can enjoy the whole experience - and maybe even get closer to Wembley.
But we will have to play better than we did against Dagenham on Saturday with the overall feeling one of disappointment.
The gaffer and Jimmy kept us in the changing rooms a long time after the final whistle talking about our performance and questioning us about why we weren’t at our best and didn’t perform as we know we can.
We huffed and puffed and had a couple of chances but Bavs (Ian Dunbavin) also kept us in it. There goal was a deflection but, to be honest, I do think they deserved at least a point.
It was even more sickening because, apart from Chesterfield, I think a lot of the teams around us drew so it was a good chance for us to make some ground and move into the top half of the table.
We really want to be talking about the play-offs and closing in on them, rather than looking over our shoulders this season and so losing was hard to take.
But it means we just have to put it right tomorrow at Bradford. We have a good record there - a 3-0 win in our first season, when I scored one - and then a 1-1 draw last season when we were battling with injuries.
We seem to like the pitch and it’s a good stadium with a big crowd and we do tend to raise our game on these occasions. It is a pity my mate Paul Mullin is not playing for them!
Then it’s Macclesfield at home on Tuesday and we have also done well against them recently.
We need to continue this and get back on the winning trail at home but they are only a point behind us. We need to be winning games like this, though, against teams around us.
Training has been hard with the weather and the small squad. We did body pump again and the instructor has told some of us we have got to start lifting heavier weights - there are older women lifting bigger weights than some of us so we have got to try harder. I ache though even with light weights!
Our new kit has also been unveiled this week and I do like it - although we are a bit worried about the sizing. Michael Symes tried an extra large long sleeved shirt on and it was like a short sleeve shirt - it was tiny on him. So it will be extra-extra large for some of our lads.