Friendships on Hold for the Wear – Tyne Derby
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club makes the short journey to Wearside on Sunday in the much anticipated Wear / Tyne Derby. Although Sunderland play a league above NUWFC in the FA Women’s Premier League this meeting will be in the FA Women’s League Cup. Sunderland are currently sitting top of their league a position they have made their own for the last two seasons. One of the longest serving Managers Sunderland’s Mick Mulhern, is undoubtedly one of the best Women’s Football Manager for many years and will as always field a strong and very professional side on Sunday.
Although Newcastle had a great start to the season, following their promotion back into the FAWPL, the results in the last few games have not gone their way. Michael Havelock has been missing a number of key player’s especially in defence and is not guaranteed a full squad to choose from this weekend for this important local derby.
NUWFC First Team Manager Michael Havelock said “The most anticipated game of the season is upon us. This is one that all the girls are looking forward to. It will be our toughest test over the last two seasons and one that we will revel in. The build up to the game has not been ideal, with injuries plaguing the squad and causing some disappointing results. Despite this the girls have great spirit and determination, they never stop playing and this will be shown on Sunday. We are very young as a team and have a lot to learn, we have the capability to beat anyone on our day. If we can take all the positive parts of the season so far and couple that with our experiences and heartbreak, we will be a force to be reckoned with. The current premier league champions will be a really difficult opponent and when you add to that the local rivalry and the fact that most of the girls know each other. The game will be a fantastic spectacle for those involved.”
Sunday game will be a meeting of friends as a number of the players from each team go to and play for the same University and College teams. A number of the players have also played for the opposition at some time during their career and many of the players grew up together and are graduates from the very successful Newcastle and Sunderland Centres of Excellence. A large crowd is guaranteed for this fixture and anyone traveling to watch this game can be assured that friendships will be left in the dressing room and until the final referee whistle the supporters will be guaranteed the best Women’s football has to offer in this region.
NUWFC First Team Captain and Ex Sunderland Player Sarah Wilson said “We have a break from the league this Sunday, taking on Sunderland in the league cup. It’s always exciting to be part of such a massive game, and for some of us this may possibly be the biggest game we get to play in this season.Sunderland have a very good history, taking national league titles and making the FA Cup Final. We could be described as the under dogs going into the game, however we are not prepared to give them an easy ride. As a team we have a lot of passion and determination and that separates us from a lot of other teams out there. We’ll make sure we take this into the game along with our work ethic and pride !
Sunderland Women’s Football Club v Newcastle United Women’s Football
Venue: Hetton Centre, Hetton-le-Hole, DH5 9NE. 2pm
For those supporters who can’t get to the match on Sunday, you can follow the lasses via our live match broadcast courtesy of our friends and supporters at Radio Northumberland. Just go to www.radionorthumberland.com and click on the ‘Listen Llive’ broadcast button. Match commentary starts at 1.55pm.
Newcastle United Women’s Football Clubs Reserve team also has one of their shortest journeys of the season on Sunday when they travel to Leeds in the FA Women’s Premier League Reserves Mid/North Division.
Leeds are currently sitting fourth in the League having won two and draw two out of their first five games.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “This weekend the reserves travel to Leeds, a team we know little about following their introduction to the league only this season. The players were able to discuss last weekend’s game after the match and have been working hard in training this week to iron out any negatives that may have been adduced. We feel it is only a matter of time before our luck changes and I’m positive that the team will go into Sunday’s game with an upbeat attitude and a great togetherness. The only thing missing from recent performances has been the result but hopefully this week will be our week.’
Leeds United Ladies Football Club Reserves v Newcastle United Women’s Football Clubs Reserve
Venue: De Lacy Academy, Middle Lane, Knottingley, WF11 0BZ
Our thanks to Steve Miller Photography for the Reserve team action photos
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