(Photo by www.ImagesBySW.com ) NUWFC Forward Stacy Crooks In Action Last Season
Stacy Crooks scores a hat trick and the Toon come home with three points.
NUWFC Kick Off life back in the FA Women’s Premier League with a win at Nottingham Forest LFC
Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club 2 v Newcastle United Women’s Football Club 3
Goals Scored by Stacy Crooks (3)
NUWFC First Team Manager Michael Havelock said “the game did not start to plan for NUWFC after conceding within the first 20 minutes to a cracking strike from outside the area. Despite this setback, the away side Continued to play their brand of football and created chances. After hitting the woodwork and several goal mouth scrambles, it seemed that we would never make our mark.
Things went from bad to worse when early in the second half, the home side doubled their lead. Despite this the Newcastlel adies ploughed on and never gave up, which paid off two minutes later with a close finish from Crooks. The momentum in the game started to shift and the toon ladies were in the ascendancy. Crooks followed her first with an excellent left footed strike on the edge of the box which left the keeper with no chance.
Newcastle played themselves into the game and were deservedly level.Nottingham also created chances as we tried to press for the win, with some great defensive work from Lock and Campion. The winner finally came when the ever busy Frazer half volleyed a pass into the path of crooks who struck a sweet shot into the bottom left hand corner.
A very difficult game which could have went either way with the chances, but probably a fair result based on the amount of possession the away side controlled. A tough start but a good platform to build on for the wolves game at home this Sunday.”
NUWFC Player Stacy Crooks said “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game on a hot day but all the players worked extremely hard, kept the ball well especially in the second half and we showed them why we deserve to play in this league. Forest were a very physical side but the players battled just as hard, we made the ball work which showed just how good we are. I’m a little bit in dream land after my hat-trick, we couldn’t have wished for a better start to our season. I’m just happy that we did it as a team. if it wasn’t for the girls those three goals would have never happened. Right through the team a brilliant performance which we need to grow on and keep getting better”
NUWFC Reserves win away to Boldon LFC
NUWFC Reserves had to ring the changes due to injuries, illness and late call ups into the first team before their eagerly awaited 2nd leg friendly against Boldon Ladies. The first meeting a couple of weeks ago fell fowl to the monsoon which hit Coach Lane Campus where water polo stood more of a chance of being played than football. Newcastle started brightly taking an early lead before allowing Bolden back into the game and finishing the half the lesser of both teams,
Half Time Score 1 – 1.
Roles were changed and a tweak to the formation worked as in the second half they looked a totally different team. Some of the play throughout the thirds was pleasing on the eye, passes were finding feet and all of a sudden the pitch opened up and became a lot bigger. Boldon struggled to match the high tempo of what the lasses were now producing and if it had not been down to the heroic display by the opponents Goalkeeper the score line would have been a lot different.
Full Time NUWFC Reserves 5 Boldon Ladies 1
Acting Reserve Team Manager Paul Armstrong added, “Before the game had started we had talked about how we wanted to take the game to Boldon and dictate the full 90 minutes of play. Unfortunately taking the early lead did not do us any favours and it seemed to spur on Boldon. Towards the end of the first half we were lucky to be holding on to the draw.
During the interval the lasses were asked to look at their individual performances and were challenged to deliver like we ask them to do in a training session. We made a few changes, swapped the formation which did the trick; the second half performance was where we should be in preparation for the new league campaign. It was a good solid second half performance which the girls need to take into their next fixture”.
Goal Scorers Toni Laurie (2) Jade Blackburn(2) Dannika Purdham
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