One Last Game And Then The Celebrations Start…..
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club welcome Bradford City Ladies to the University of Northumbria, Coach Lane this Sunday the 15th April. This is not only Newcastle Ladies last game of the season but Sunday will see them play their last game in the Northern Women’s Combination League following their fantastic 4-0 win over Sheffield two weeks ago which guaranteed them promotion back into the FA Women’s Premier League.
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson said “We’ve finally come to the end of an absolutely fantastic season, what we’ve achieved as a club is brilliant. But we have one more game left to play. I’m sure Bradford will come out to try and spoil our celebrations so it’s important we end on a high. We must stay professional, do the simple things right and win our individual battles. If we get that done I have every confidence that the girls will get the result we deserve”
NUWFC were devastated last season when the team were relegated and following a number of changes of playing and management personnel at the club the quest was on to make sure that NUWFC return to the FAWPL as soon as possible. It has not been easy as the standard of football in the NWCL is high with a number of team including Sheffield Wednesday Ladies and Bradford Ladies keen to move up into the FAWPL. But NUWFC stayed focused and worked very hard not only in training but also on match days while building a great team spirit, on and off the pitch and last week were rewarded for all of that hard work with the title of League Champions. Nigel Hyde of the Northern Combination league will be presenting the League Champions Trophy to the players on the pitch at Sunday’s game closely watched by the team very proud parents, partners, family and supporters.
NUWFC First Team Coach Warren Teasdale said “What a fantastic end to a league season, to be presented with the league trophy in your final home game. If anyone had said after our first two games that we would finish the season as Champions on the back of a 20 game unbeaten run, I would have said they were mad ! Everyone involved at the club should be very proud of this achievement. After the high of beating Sheffield Wednesday and gaining promotion it is important that we do not lose focus in our final league game against Bradford. It will take the edge of the celebration if we get beat in what will be a very difficult game, after all, Bradford have beaten us twice this season in the league and FA Cup. We have something to prove against a team who could have easily won the title until the last few weeks of the season. Let’s hope we can finish the season on a high with a final league victory to cap off an extra-ordinary season!
This season has seen the Committee, Management, Coaching Staff, Players and Supporters working together with one aim and together they have achieved it, promotion back into the FAWPL. The team spirit on and off the pitch has been fantastic and everyone at the club is looking forward to the new 2012 -2013 season. NUWFC know from past experience that life in the FAWPL is not easy and the standard of football is very high, so the hard work begins following a short break when everyone returns to prepare to enjoy everything they have worked so hard to achieve this season.
NUWFC Chairman Phil Eadon said “This has been a fantastic season. Everyone has pulled together with one aim in mind – of getting back into the FAWPL. I would like to thank all of the players for achieving promotion and playing some fantastic football. A true team effort. I am always amazed by their hard work and dedication not only to the Sunday matches but also to the twice weekly training sessions. A massive thank you and well done must also go to the coaches Michael Havelock, Warren Teasdale, Julie Clarke, Gary Appleton, Adam Shaw and Paul Armstrong. A big thank you to my fellow committee members and our sponsors and supporters. Work has already begun on building for next season. Moving up a league brings with it extra costs and travel. Work is underway to identify companies and organisations who would like to sponsor the ladies. Lots of plans are under development to take the club and the players forward.
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club v Bradford Ladies Football Club K.O. 2pm
Venue: University of Northumbria, Coach Lane, Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7XA
NUWFC Reserve Team
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves welcome Lincoln Ladies Football Club Reserves to Newcastle Pin Point, Cowgate Sports Centre on Sunday.
Due to postponements earlier in the season Newcastle and Lincoln will have to play each other twice before the end of the season. It is a 320 mile round trip for the teams at the end of a long season. The second of the two fixtures due to be played at Lincoln on the 22nd April has been re-arranged for the 29th April, this is due to the Reserves playing in the NFA Cup Final on Monday 23rd April.
The First Teams promotion to the FAWPL also confirms that the NUWFC Reserve team will be playing in the FAWPL Reserve League next season. Although the team had a slow start this season, the last few games have show us what they are capable of when they have a full squad and Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton is looking forward already to pre season and continuing his team preparations for the new season.
Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said “With only two leagues games left of a long hard but enjoyable season we have one at home this week , and the final game of the season is away but oddly they are both against Lincoln Ladies F.C. So this week we welcome Lincoln Ladies to our last home fixture of the season. Our preparations this week will be a little bit down in numbers due to 5 of our girls taking advantage of the Easter break and taking a weeks holiday, but for the rest of the squad its business as usual and will be putting in the hard unseen work on Tuesday and Thursday to prepare us for another hard game against a strong Lincoln side. But if we prepare right and take our good form of the past weeks into this week’s fixture we think Lincoln could be in for a hard game and our squad is quite confident of taking all 3 points. None of the girls have reported any injury worries to the coaches so a full squad to choose from is expected.
Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “Last Sunday saw us make the long trip down to the Midlands to play League leaders Nottingham Forest. We were again desperately unlucky not to come out of the game with at least a point. Unfortunately the game was won by two excellently taken direct free kicks but the score line perhaps flattered the home team. We once again hold our heads up high as each player held their own. No time to dwell on the results as we have another tough game this week against Lincoln. Maybe this will be the one which sees our luck turn”
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves v Lincoln Ladies Reserves K.O. 2pm
Venue: Newcastle Pin Point F C, McKendrick Villas, Cowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3AB