Above: Leah Embley (far right) in action for Brighouse Town this season. Photo supplied by: Leah Embley
Impetus are exceptionally proud to sponsor Leah Embley, midfielder for FA Women’s National League Northern Premier side Brighouse Town. Leah caught up with Ben Gilby recently to discuss how the season has gone since Christmas (24/2/22).
Leah was last featured on Impetus towards the end of last year playing a prominent role in raising awareness for the work of our charity partner Moriarty Foundation’s Indigenous Football Week.
The Brighouse Town midfielder joined her head coach Rob Mitchell and myself on a discussion programme with the charity which was broadcast on SBS television in Australia and on Facebook globally.
Leah highlighted why she was so keen to participate in the event. “I wanted to learn more about the Moriarty Foundation and what they did. I was impressed by how successful they’d been. It’s a really beneficial charity, not just for young people but also for their families too. It was very interesting to speak with the workers there and get more insight on the good work they do.”
The half-hour programme can be watched by clicking here: fb.me/e/1VL81dlkg
Turning to on-field matters, after a spell with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women’s Championship last season, Leah joined Brighouse Town for this campaign. She had previously played in the division for Burnley and has noticed some real increases in quality in tier three in her absence.
“I think the league has definitely improved since the last time I was in it. More money has gone into it and there’s a good group of teams wanting to gain promotion so it’s been tough.
“Every team is challenging in their own way really, Huddersfield is always a big test as they’ve got some good players, and obviously with it being a local derby for us, there’s that as well, which adds a bit of a buzz in the lead up to the game.”
On a personal level, the midfielder has hit top form scoring some outstanding goals as her team continues to impress in their debut season in the FAWNL Northern Premier.
“Things have been good. We’ve had a few games called off with the bad weather, but I’ve continued my goal-scoring form which is what I wanted to do to help the team succeed. Off the pitch, I’ve been keeping busy and been doing my own training.
“I went through a spell of scoring some good goals! I’ve been buzzing with it because I’ve been working hard and it feels good to see some results come from that. I’ll keep working hard to make sure it continues.”
Leah sees nothing but positivity in the club’s progression in tier three, but still room for continued improvement.
“I think we took a few teams by surprise at the start of the season, obviously being new into the league nobody really knows what to expect from you. The second half of the season is a bit more challenging as most teams have already played you so know a bit more about us as a team.
“I think it’s been a solid season so far and we’ve taken points off teams nobody probably expected us to, but we’ve also dropped points against teams we wanted to beat so it’s had its ups and downs but it’s been enjoyable.”
Now that she has been at Brighouse for a fair few months, Leah is loving life at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium and recognizes that she is becoming a better player for making the move there.
“This is probably the best goal-scoring form of my career so far that I’ve been in. I think it comes down to confidence and the coaches believing in me, I don’t think I’d have scored the kind of goals I have without that.
Obviously, being in the Championship with Blackburn was a great experience for me and was a very intense, high standard of football and I’d love to get back to that level again, but I’d like to stay here for a few more seasons as I’ve been enjoying it.”
With the season now entering the final stages, Leah identified her aims between now and the end of April.
“I want to keep scoring, but really as long as we win I’m not bothered who scores. I’ve set myself some personal targets which I want to reach before the end of the season but also as a team I think we can just keep pushing and try to win as many games as possible from now until the end of the season.”