Erin delighted to be part of Town set-up after boss showed faith

Brighouse Town Ladies 'keeper Erin Boswell
Brighouse Town Ladies 'keeper Erin Boswell

Up until the beginning of November last year Brighouse Town Ladies were playing without a recognised goalkeeper.

That was when manager Rob Mitchell convinced Guiseley stopper Erin Boswell to join the team and she has not looked back.

The ladies have only lost three games so far this season and Erin is loving her time at the Dual Seal Stadium, with the manager being the key reason for joining.

“He is passionate about the team and he puts so much effort in, I just wanted to be a part of it,” said Erin.

“I had been playing with my home town team Guiseley for the past three years and went to play in a pre-season game with Brighouse.

“They played their first six or seven games without a ‘keeper and, along with Rob asking me to come along and some of my old Guiseley teammates going to Brighouse, I made the move.

“I started playing football at junior level in mixed teams until I was 10 and then had to find an all girls team to join.

“I played for Bradford City Girls when I was 11 and being quite tall for my age I ended up falling in to goalkeeping and found out that I preferred it and was better with my hands than my feet. It is a lot of responsibilty though, you can be a hero or a villain.

“I took a step back from football when I was 13. My dad passed away and it was always something that we did together and it didn’t feel right.

“It wasn’t until I was 22 that I started again. I started to get back in to shape and decided to try football again and have not stopped since.”

As well as football, Erin’s other passion is horse racing. So when the opportunity came up to combine her job in marketing with horseracing it was a dream come true.

“My best friend Rebecca Smith is a jockey and rides out of Micky Hammond’s stables at Middleham, near Leyburn, and so I have always been a bit of a racing fan,” added Erin.

“I began to help out at the stables with the website and then running a syndicate. When the role came up at Ripon racecourse to work on the marketing team it ticked all the boxes. It combined my degree in marketing with my love for racing, it was perfect.

“We have a company that looks after all the non-race day events and, along with the rest of the team, I deal with sponsorship and promoting race days through the Spring/Summer and then through the closed season work towards the following year.

“Thankfully the football and the racing don’t cross over, so I get to enjoy the best of both worlds.”

Brighouse Town Ladies ran out 4-0 winners over Doncaster Rovers Foundation Ladies in their penultimate home game of the season.

Back-to-back clean sheets and a flurry of goals have contributed to a very positive end to the campaign.

Town started with plenty of possession but struggled to adapt or create any clear opportunities.

They found their feet and began to dominate and after Chloe Roberts had seen her shot blocked by the ‘keeper Sonni Sweeney reacted quickest to finish neatly.

Town created several half chances and doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when an Amy Hesselden corner was met by Sarah Dobby who nodded in for her first goal for the club.

Town added a third and ultimately killed the game off when Dobby again got on the end of a Hesselden corner, this time side footing in to the corner of the net.

Rovers nearly got a goal back when a swift move resulted in them hitting the bar. However, it was game over with 10 minutes to go when substitute Lyndsey Naden broke up the play before off loading to Yasmin Ayub.

She played a superb ball to Sweeney whose her shot was saved but Rachael White was on hand to follow up.