Toon take three points and go Top of the Table
‘Dressed for Success’ NUWFC take all three points
Newcastle United WFC 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers LFC 1
(NUWFC goals by Crooks 41, Havelock 52, Potts 71, 80, Pyper 87 and Wolves by Selmes 58)
Match Report by NUWFC’s Stuart Dick
Newcastle United’s Women continued their excellent start to the season, and now sit top of the FA Women’s Premier League North table, after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers Women 5-1 in their opening home game of the season at Coach Lane in Benton on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from prolific striker Stacy Crooks, left-back Jess Havelock and substitute Megan Pyper, plus a brace from Charlotte Potts, including a 25 yard screamer, gave the home side all three points. Wolverhampton’s top scorer last season Dani Selmes gave the away side a look-in at 2-1, but it was Potts and crew that took the plaudits.
The game started slowly, with the away side dominating possession, Janilla Palmer and Jordan Timmins-Ray pressing the full backs and getting multiple touches of the ball on the wings for Wolves. Full backs Michaela Sewell and Jess Havelockwere on their game, however, putting in some punishing challenges on the Wolves wingers.
It was Newcastle who eventually got the breakthrough in a cagey first half. After a cross field ball to the right wing, Jess Clarke ran at Wolves full back Lauren Walker before rolling the ball to Stacy Crookson the edge of the area. Crooks’ was challenged well by Anna Perks but Crooks kept her concentration despite being on the floor. She held off two defenders while on the ground before getting up and hitting a left footed shot past Natalie Hall into the right hand corner of the net. Newcastle held the 1-0 lead until the half time whistle.
Wolves began the second half on top, with Dani Selmes pushing forward and looking for an equaliser. The Centre-back pairing of Courtney Lock, a right back playing out of position, and Sam Campion, a central midfielder out of position, handled Wolves taliswoman Selmes with consummate ease for most of the game, but Selmes did breakaway a couple of times.
Newcastle made it 2-0 on 52 minutes when Havelock took a quick throw to midfielder Potts. Potts took on full-back Leanne Rimmer before rolling the ball into the feet of Havelock who took the ball past Rimmer and Perks, before hitting a wicked effort of her weaker right foot that the ‘Keeper could only parry into the top left hand corner.
Wolves looked to have picked up a lifeline on 58 minutes when Dani Selmes broke behind the Newcastle defence from a quick throw in that court the home side off guard. Selmes, who scored 23 in 30 games last year, finished well past Newcastle‘keeper Laura Warehaminto the bottom right hand corner.
Wolves pushed on in the hope of a second, but Women of the match Charlotte Pottshad other ideas. Firstly on 72 minutes, Potts picked up a loose pass from the Wolves defence. She took two touches before unleashing a thunderbolt from 25 yards out, hitting the top left hand corner of the net.
The game was over as a contest now and Newcastle pushed forward in droves. The next goal came from Newcastle’s first corner of that game on 80 minutes. Substitute Dannika Purdhamhit a pin-point cross onto the head of Potts who headed goalwards, beating the defender on the post off the bar.
There was still time for substitutes Stephanie Eadon and Megan Pyperto combine after another Havelock throw in. Eadon battled with Rimmer before rolling the ball to Havelock before Eadon hit a cross onto the head of Megan Pyper, whose glancing header beat Natalie Hall for Newcastle’s fifth goal.
Credit must be given to the Newcastle backline, three of whom played out of position. Newcastle will welcome back Club Captain Sarah Wilsonnext week after she spent the summer playing in the semi-professional football leagues in Iceland.
– Laura Wareham, Michaela Sewell, Jess Havelock, Sam Campion, Courtney Lock, Charlotte Potts, Alice Teasdale, Jess Clarke (Dannika Purdham), Elizabeth Frazer, Beth Gardener (Stephanie Eadon), Stacy Crooks © (Megan Pyper)
NUWFC would like to say a special thank you to the Ground Staff at Northumbria University Coach Lane for all of their hard work during the closed season which has resulted in a fantastic pitch. They would also like to thank the centre staffwho as always made all of our visitor very welcome.
Our Match Day Mascots – Whitley Coast Soccer Under 11s & Under 12s and Emily with NUWFC’s Molly Collinson and Mercede Riolfo.