Sunday 16th Sept – Results and Match Reports
NUWFC First Team
Leicester City LFC 2 v Newcastle United Women’s FC 5
After a telling defeat last week, NUWFC had a big point to prove on the road again.
After some good early exchanges, NUWFC were a different, more confident team this week passing the ball about well with the usual style and quality. The deadlock was broken by Stacey Crooks who pounced on some indecision at the back after a looping Lizzie Fraser pass, slotting comfortably home with her left foot. The second came shortly after with a great piece of play. A good ball into Crooks, which she controlled impeccably and set the ball back for Fraser, who then rifled a right foot screamer into the top corner. The game seemed dead and buried until Leicester broke away and scored against the run of play. This shook the home side into life and they pressed forward, looking to play behind the full backs. Their next break came when they attacked down the right and crossed, which eventually fell to a Leicester player in the box who finished well.
With only 15 minutes to go the game looked destined to be stalemate. Then Molly Collinson, who had just came on, raced onto a bouncing through ball which she struck sweetly with her left foot into the bottom corner. The away side grew with confidence and began to attack in waves, the home side seemed to let their heads drop and a further two goals from Crooks and Charlotte Potts saw Newcastle take the three points.
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson said, ‘Yesterday we took on a very experienced Leicester side. You could see from the beginning they were determined; our main aim was to try to make it as difficult as possible for them. They came out strong, however we gained a 1-0 advantage just before half time, we kept the ball well and we were not going to give up easily. We doubled our lead just after half time, however they caught us switched off to pull one back. We allowed them back into the game. It was manic for a short while, but you could see it was us who wanted it more, we pushed forward and defended well, we finally got our break. Leicester seemed to give up as we piled on the pressure. We never gave up and the score line proved that.’
NUWFC Reserve Team
Lincoln LFC Reserves 8 v Newcastle United Women’s FC Reserves 1
Match Report by NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton ‘Sunday we played away to Lincoln City with what can only be described as a “bad day at the office” getting beat 8-1. But to be fair our young team we were up against a very experienced Lincoln side which included an England U21 player and up to six former super league players who were simply too good for us. The high light of our footballing lesson was a stunning 20 yard strike which flew into the top corner of the net from NUWFC Ellie Hall which was arguably the best of 9 goals.
Given the score line and Lincoln’s total domination of the game the players still tried to play football, keeping their heads up and they stayed together as a team. After the game we had a team talk which was very constructive and we all agreed to be gracious in defeat and put the game behind us train hard this week, move on and be prepared for next week’s home game against Stoke City’.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said ‘Sunday saw us take on a very experienced Lincoln team whose structure and composure had us beaten from the first whistle. Despite some positive periods of play and some good battles all over the pitch, we were taught a footballing lesson by Lincoln. We hope to now put the game behind us, build on the lessons learnt and move forward towards next week’s home game at Stoke.’