Bristol Academy boss Samson looks for attacking threat

Mark Sampson
Sampson's Bristol side lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final in May

Bristol Academy boss Mark Sampson says his side must improve their attacking threat when they return to Super League action after a two-month break.

Sampson's side, who face Lincoln on Friday, reached the FA Cup final in May and currently lie fifth in the table.

But the side managed just four goals in their first seven Super League games.

"We've worked a lot on how we can break down teams, play at a quicker tempo and obviously how we can score more goals," Sampson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Hopefully we'll see that on Friday."

The Bristol boss added that he was happy with the side's progress, after losing just two games during the first half of the season.

"Defensively we've been very strong, and our goals against record shows that.

"If someone had offered us an unbeaten home record, a fifth position in the league and an appearance in an FA Cup final - and qualification for the Champions League - then we certainly would have taken it, especially for a club which really is still in its infancy."

He continued: "We're in a good position to build on that and a lot of the structure is in place now for the girls to express themselves and play within our philosophy."