Photo Newcastle United Women Celebrate After Winning The League Title At Sheffield Wednesday
Toon Top Table and Take Title
Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Football Club 0 v
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club 4
Goals by Stacy Crooks 2, Steph Eadon 2
Newcastle United’s Women secured the Northern Women’s Combination League title with an emphatic 4-0 win over their closest rivals Sheffield Wednesday Women at Retford Football Club in Sheffield.
Braces from strikers Stacey Crooks and Stephanie Eadon secured all three points for the visitors, as Captain Sarah Wilson and co. kept a clean sheet to take Newcastle’s Women back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Congratulations must go to the first team squad as a whole, who thoroughly deserve promotion after a wonderful season and a 19 match unbeaten run.
NUWFC First Team Manager Michael Havelock said “The whole management team are delighted to see the Ladies win the league. It is their hard work and effort that has got them this far. It is a massive achievement to do what they have done. Especially sealing the title away from home at their closest rivals. As a manager you could not ask for any more from a group of players. Now it’s on to the next game against Bradford at home. We must continue our unbeaten league run.”
NUWFC First Team Coach Warren Teasdale said ‘Alan Hanson once said that “You will never win anything with Kids”. Well, he was proved wrong again yesterday with a fabulous win away to our closest rivals for the title,Sheffield Wednesday. It was a performance that oozed composure, effort and determination and our young side should be very proud of themselves both individually and as a group of players. The title was confirmed on a sunny afternoon in Retford but was won throughout the season with a string of gutsy away performances and consistent home form.
It was a fantastic day for everyone associated with the club and a fitting reward for all of the hard work put in this season, not only by the players but by the coaching staff, committee and supporters, a real team effort!
Congratulations to Mike Havlock for transforming both the results and the playing culture at the club in such a short space of time, his record and the team performances speak for themselves, Brilliant!!!
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson said “We did it, the hard work finally paid off. After a bit of a shaky start we got ourselves back on track and just kept going. From the beginning of the season it was always our aim to finish in the top end of the table. I’m so proud of everyone’s individual efforts yesterday coming together, it was an overall brilliant team performance. The girls showed so much passion and determination, it was very clear who wanted it more, it was a big test of character. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone off the pitch for all the support, especially Michael, Warren and Julie, we couldn’t have done it without you!”
NUWFC RESERVE TEAM
Derby County Ladies Football Club Reserves 2 v
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves 3
Goals by Steph Shaw, Jasmine Petre, Sam Campion
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “Given our recent fantastic form, the players are ecstatic to finally be on the right side of the score line. The manner in which we cam back from 2 – 0 down and the spirit we showed were top class. We have been saying for weeks now that our luck would change but there was nothing lucky about today. Three well deserved points and a fantastic team performance.
Match Report by NUWFC Reserve Team Player Steph Shaw
Goals from Jasmine Petre, Stephanie Shaw and Sam Campion scored second half goals to secure a superb comeback win against Derby County’s reserves side.
Derby had gone two goals to the good in the first half, but Newcastle’s fighting comeback was one for the ages. After losing to Derby in the home match earlier in the season, the ladies of Newcastle were keen to get revenge on their Derbyshire counterparts and what a game of football it was.
The first Derby goal came from a rebound, after a good save from Newcastle keeper Abigail Laidler. The ball dropped to a Derby attacker, who fired home to put the Rams 1-0 to the good.
The second, for Derby, was a free kick that looped over everyone. There was no way anyone could get a touch on the ball to clear it, and the girls walked into the dressing room at half-time 2-0 down.
The second half was arguably one of the best halves of football that the Reserves have been involved in all season. From the whistle,Newcastle piled the pressure on Derby, and the ball rarely left the Derby half.
It was a matter of time before the black and whites got the first goal. Jasmine Petre beat the offside trap to leave herself a one on one opportunity with the Derby goalkeeper. Petre lobbed the onrushing keeper in a confident manner.
The second goal came from great build up play from the girls. Hannah Marshall lofted a ball which bounced over the defence. Stephanie Shaw ran onto to ball, and again, seeing the goalkeeper coming off her line, lobbed it over her, a similar finish to Petre’s.
There was a feeling amongst the Newcastle players that their work wasn’t done, and that they could sense a winner.Derby began to play very defensively as the Toon pushed on. Newcastle built pressure, winning numerous corners. The third of these corners brought Newcastle’s go ahead goal
Ellie Hall managed to win us the corner after some quick and nifty work past their left back. Cara Moran, who had already whipped in some great crosses, stepped up and hit a fantastic ball over the Derby box, to which Sam Campion leaped up and powered the ball past the keeper. Newcastle battled for the remaining 10 minutes, but we managed to keep them at bay and pick up the three points.
NUWFC would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of the supporters who travelled to both Sheffield and Derby today to support both our First and Reserve Teams