Can The Magpies Ruffle The Owls Feathers?
This Sunday will see Newcastle United Women’s Football Club make the 270 mile round trip for what will be one of their biggest games of this season.
Newcastle travel to Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Football Club, who like NUWFC, are determined to finish top of the Northern Combination Women’s League and win promotion to the FAWPL. The competition has been tight this season and Newcastle know that they will have to be well prepared for this game against a side who like themselves have played some very good and entertaining football during the last seven months.
NUWFC First Team Manager, Michael Havelock said, ”A very difficult away trip awaits this Sunday atSheffield. With them sitting one place below us in the league table and with games in hand, this result will be an important one in the title race. This should be one of our bogey tests so far and we are looking forward to pitting ourselves against a strong Sheffield side. This is what we have worked towards all season and we believe that we have the ability to go to Sheffield and take 3 points and take another step towards the title. Concentration and application are the keys for this Sunday’s trip and the players will have to be at their best if they want to take all the spoils from this encounter. This kind of occasion is why we play football and the management team are excited for this game.”
Sheffield are currently sitting in second place following their win against Middlesbrough on Sunday with 42 points. They have a focused and organised squad who like scoring goals. Their Management team, like Newcastle’s, will make sure that the team that steps out on the pitch on Sunday have done everything they need to in preparation for this vital game. The two teams met at the beginning of this season with Newcastle taking the three points following a 2-1 win at Northumbria University Coach Lane. But Sunday will see two teams who have so much to play for and who will hopefully give their supporters a display of football fitting of not only the NCL but more importantly the FAWPL.
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson said “Big week of preparation at training ahead, Sunday is crunch day. It’s all about test of character, who wants it the most. A win on Sunday means we win the league. Relegation is possibly one of the worst things a team wants to avoid; this season was all about the bounce back. It’s been a long season however we cannot fault the efforts of anybody; every player has worked so hard; we deserve to be in this position however it’s not over yet. We must go into the game confident but expecting to play. Like us Sheffield are very strong, it will be a very tough game but again it comes down to who wants it most”
Newcastle goes into this fixture on the back of a great win in the Semi Finals of the Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup with a 3-2 win over current title holders WhitleyBay. The win also confirmed that the Final will be an all Newcastle affair with NUWFC First Team and NUWFC Reserve Team going head to head in what we are sure will be a match definitely not to be missed. Unfortunately during the game WhitleyBay’s Amy O’Brien suffered a featured tibia and fibula and everyone at NUWFC wishes Amy a speedy recovery and quick return to football.
Although NUWFC have had a couple of weeks without league fixtures the management team have made sure that the players have continue to stay focused on the important task of promotion and if anything have increase the pressure at training. So Sunday will see NUWFC play a game which could decide who will take the title of NCL Champions.
Ha Way the Toon…….
Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Football Club v Newcastle United Women’s Football Club K.O. 2pm
Venue: Retford United FC, Cannon Park Stadium, Leverton Road, RETFORD, Nottingham, DN22 6QF
NUWFC RESERVE TEAM
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves travel to Derbyfor the second time this season. Due to the number of teams in the FAWPL Reserve Section the Reserve teams play each other three times. The last two meeting have ended up with Derby Reserves taking all six points but Newcastle Reserves are determined they won’t take the hat trick.
NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said “After the disappointment of last Sundays fixture which Newcastle Reserves totally dominate and had numerous chances in front of goal the result came down to a bad bounce and subsequent freak goal to see us lose a totally one sided affair 1-0 to Sheffield Ladies but the old football saying is “you don’t score you don’t win. This week as normal we will pick ourselves up and start our weeks preparation for our away fixture to our adopted friends Derby County Ladies, who always take care of us well when we visit them.
This weeks preparation will start with a full competitive friendly on Tuesday night against our First Team. This is a vital week for them also as a win away to Sheffield this week win virtually confirm them as league champions which also is good news for us as it will confirm our place in the F.A. Reserve league for next season.
We have a couple of players with pulls and strains after a magnificent effort on Sunday which means Tuesdays game will come a bit to soon for them to play in, but hopefully the rest will enable them to be included for the weekends squad, also their rest means a chance for other players to stake a claim for inclusion in Sundays team which as a club is a fantastic position to be in. With every game we will be doing our best to win the game and if we show the same teamwork and determination as last week 3 points is a distinct possibility”
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “Last Sunday saw us continue our excellent recent form against Sheffield FC. On what was an uncomfortably warm day it was NUWFC who were by far the quickest out of the blocks. After consistently maintaining the majority of possession and playing arguably our best football of the season. We were bitterly disappointed to be beaten by an unstoppable shot which wasSheffield’s first and only true shot of the game. I sincerely hope that the players can take heart from Sunday’s performance. Despite repeated disappointing results, we are really coming into our stride and playing our best football in two seasons. All we need is a little bit of luck now and the results will go our way. This week we make the long trip down toDerby who are two places above us in the league. I am more than confident that we will beat them if we play half as well as we did last week.
Derby County Ladies Football Club v Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves K.O. 2pm
Venue: Graham St Prims, Borrowash Road, Spondon, Derby, DE21 7PH