Newcastle United Women’s Football Club 3 Huddersfield Town Ladies Football Club 0
NUWFC Goals by Jess Foster, Alice Stroyan and Jade Blackburn
Match Report by NUWFC Manager Michael Havelock
“After a long break over Christmas, the girls had a tough test against a strong Huddersfield side. The game started brightly for both teams, with the away side looking to exploit the space in behind the home defence. Laura Wareham was alert early doors and dealt with the threat calmly and effectively.
Newcastle looked solid and began to pass the ball in the way they were doing pre Christmas. Hard work and determination were the key words in the first half and NUWFC had them both. The teams were level at the break and the half time message was clear, keep up the hard work and exploit the wide areas, commit players in the box and take our chances. The players responded well and released the impressive Jess Foster down the right, her well struck cross/shot was too much for the away keeper who could only help it into the top corner. After the goal the home side rose in confidence and continued to work the ball in an attractive manner. Shortly after, the ball was rolled to Alice Stroyan outside the corner of the box and she curled in a magnificent effort into the opposite corner.
The players were firmly on top now and created more chances. After a knock down and a pull back across the goal, substitute Jade Blackburn was there to fire home confidently from close range.
A truly solid performance and a well deserved win. This must give the whole squad confidence in moving forward with only 5 games to go.”
Match Update by NUWFC Coach, Warren Teasdale
“Having had a three week break over the festive season it was vital that we hit the ground running in the New Year with our first game against Huddersfield Town. Having worked so hard to put ourselves in a position where the league title and promotion are a strong possibility, we did not want to drop points against a useful Huddersfield side due to lack of fitness or focus. We were concerned that a lack of match practise may provide an advantage to the opposition. In the end we did not need to worry as the team played exceptionally well and the result was never in doubt once the first goal went in.
“We have five league games left and hopefully this result will provide a springboard for us to go on and finish the season with an unbeaten run, we have it in our own hands!”