The unavailability of the pitch at The University of Northumbria’s Coach Lane Sports Campus at Benton, has come about due to the number of matches that are due to be played on it over the next few weeks and the Northumbria University ground staff took the decision that NUWFC match was the one would fall victim to this situation. Thankfully following a meeting between NUWFC Chairman Phil Eadon and Ponteland United FC Chairman, Alan Birkinshaw, the Ponteland United FC pitch and facilities in Ponteland have been made available to the club to allow this fixture to go ahead. NUWFC are currently sitting top of the Northern Combination league and a break in the fixture list is not what the team needs at this point of the season. So the Club management and players were please to hear a solution had been found. NUWFC had occasions last season when games had to be postponed due to a similar problem and the club are hoping that this situation can be resolved to avoid unnecessary breaks in their season’s fixtures.
NUWFC First Team Captain Michael Havelock said “We are looking forward to hosting Mossley Hill this Sunday and continuing our impressive form, but we know that this will be another tough test. Each player must be focused on achieving our goal, of winning each game that is left. Let’s take this one first and put in the fight and determination that has got us so far this season. It’s now up to the players to prove their worth and really show how strong of a group we now are. Even with a last minute change of venue, we are confident that if we put in maximum effort, there is no reason why we shouldn’t take all 3 points.”
First Team Captain Sarah Wilson said ‘With the season coming to a close and promotion looking promising it’s very important that we stay on track. Three points is what we need to take out of Sunday’s game. We have a fighting fit squad preparing to work harder than ever to ensure we secure the win. We must go into the game with the right attitude and ready to work for each other’
The team go into this weeks game following a 7 – 0 win over Wakefield last Sunday and although Mossley Hill are currently sitting 7th in the league NUWFC know that Mossley Hill have put in some terrific performances especially against team at the higher end of the table. Newcastle will go into this game expecting to have to work very hard if they are to take the three points they need to keep them pushing for promotion.
NUWFC Chairman Phil Eadon said, “I am really grateful to the Chairman of Ponteland United FC, Alan Birkinshaw, for offering us the use of their pitch and club facilities for Sunday’s match. I am also grateful to the very helpful Northumberland County Council staff at Ponteland Leisure Centre – in particular the Centre Manager, Alan and his Bar Manager, Sonya. It’s at times like these that you realise that there are good people out there and that football really is a family.
The team go into this week’s game following a fantastic 7 – 0 win over Wakefield last Sunday. Mossley Hill are currently sitting 9th in the league, and NUWFC know that Mossley Hill have put in some terrific performances especially against teams at the higher end of the table. Newcastle will go into this game expecting to have to work very hard if they are to take the three points they need to keep them pushing for promotion.
Venue: Ponteland United FC, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 9EG. K.O 2pm
Sunday’s Match Ball Sponsor is – Cheval Hair & Beauty, South Causey Hotel, Stanley. DH9 0LS. NUWFC would like to thank Pam and Carl for their support.
Newcastle United Women’s Reserves are on the road again this week-end when they travel to Derby. ‘With a new found confidence and much bigger squad for the Management and coaches to work with the performances on the pitch is more of what should be expected from NUWFC. Reserve Team manager Gary Appleton and Coach Adam Shaw are pleased with the improvement in both the results and performances but both know that this league is not an easy league with a number of quality sides so they will continue to push their players to their limits at every training session.
NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said ‘We are all looking forward to this weeks away fixture with Derby County and hopeful we can take our recent run of good performances to Derby this weekend .All the girls turned up for training this week even the couple of girls who have slight injuries and could not train and were booked in to see our Physio Nick, came to the training pitch to give there support. We are hopeful that the 2 or 3 girls that missed out last Sunday due to illness have recovered and can be included for selection for this weeks squad but as with every game myself and Adam will be encouraging all the girls to be confident and take what they learn in training into the game against Derby but most of all to play with a smile on there faces and enjoy the day’
The team are continuing to gel on and off the pitch and the atmosphere at both training and on match days is great and is definitely having an effect on their much improved form.
Derby is currently sitting above Newcastle but it is only goal difference which separates them so Sunday fixture has everything to play for. The two teams last met in December and Derby left the North East with the 3 points although the pre Christmas fixture did see fives gaols scored, two of them scored by Newcastle. Sundays fixture is expect to be once again a tight fought game and the ever increasing numbers of travelling supporters should definitely be in for a goal or two if the current form of both teams is anything to go on.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said ‘’The new year has seen us on our best run of the season, spirits are flying high and our confidence is growing. We travel to Derby this week who are just one place above us in the league and who gave us a close game just before Christmas so we all know how important it is. If I remember rightly the pitch at Derby is not ideal but last week gave us plenty of practise in that department so I’m more than confident that we can pull it out the bag again if we work with the same ethic and desire as we did at Stoke. I have a cheeky feeling there might be a fair few supporters down there too….Team.’
Derby County Ladies Football Club Reserves v Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves
Venue: Graham St Prims, Borrowash Road, Spondon, Derby, DE21 7PH K.O 2pm