Newcastle go into this fixture on the back of a terrific performance last week at Derby. Although Derby took all three points NUWFC Reserves took a lot of positives from the game as the team continues to build and develop.
Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said after the game “Credit must go to both teams for there effort, never-say die attitude and determination in wanting to play football the way is should be played on the ground.”
Gary was also please to see the return of Kayleigh Appleton who although returning from injury played a full 90 minutes without any ill effect. A good performance from new signing Myriam Neaimeh also pleased the Management team.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said” This week we face a quality Nottingham Forest team whose league position speaks for itself. The players grafted hard last week but with a small squad and a couple of injuries we failed to really get started. We can’t make excuses for coming home empty handed though and if anything it will spur us on to work harder this Sunday and hopefully come away with the points. The team spirit is high at the moment and despite the loss last week end the girls remain upbeat. Special mention must go to Kayleigh Appleton who went into the game understandably cautiously but did herself proud by coming back from injury in such fine spirit. Same again this week!
Nottingham Forest Ladies are currently sitting top of the league having won eight out of their twelve games this season so the Newcastle Reserve will need to be at their best on Sunday.
NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said “This weeks game see us playing a very rare home game which comes as great comfort not having to travel and to get a bit of a lie in after which seems we have travelled hundreds of miles to away games of late.
“We welcome league leaders Nottingham Forest Ladies to our home pitch at Newcastle PinPoint FC at Cowgate Sports Centre. I have been asking the girls to put in two hard training sessions this week in preparation for what we believe will be a very difficult game given there position in the league, but a fixture that the girls are looking forward to and don’t fear at all. If we perform and work together as a team like we did last week against Derby a league game upset could be on the cards but we all know we need to start turning these close 1-0 defeats into wins. Adam and myself know that this bunch of players have the quality and passion to do that and we have no doubt that to take points off the now league leaders is very much in there sights and have got into a good habit of producing unlikely results just like we did in the Leicester game when they were league leaders. We have a full fit squad available to us this week which is a bit more pressure for the coaches team selection but a problem we would accept every week”
Venue: Newcastle PinPoint FC, Cowgate Sports Centre, McKendrick Villas, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 3AB. K.O. 2pm