NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson “On Sunday we were taught a cruel lesson by Nottingham Forest. We took the lead twice throughout the game and should have wrapped everything up. We created chances and played very well. It was a disappointing end to an exciting game. It is important that we use this as motivation to step it up a level. We’re not far off from where we want to be, we have a great bunch of players and excellent support off the pitch who have a lot of faith in us”
Full match report to follow
The above photo shows NUWFC First team with Sunday’s match day mascots – Montagu and North Fenham Football Club under 12s. Photo by Tick Tock Photography.
NUWFC Res 1 v Lincoln LFC Res 2
Match Report from NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton Sunday we welcomed Lincoln City Ladies to Northumbria University Bullocksteads on a cold but bright afternoon. Due to injuries and work commitments changes were made from the team that started and did so well at Stoke the week before. Both teams started the game well with each team creating some early goal scoring opportunities, we again decided to play one up front with 2 wide players supporting, 3 holding midfielders and flat back four.
Lincoln were the first to break the deadlock of a very good game of football after 30 minutes coming from a half cleared ball by goalkeeper Abbie Laidler which a Lincoln midfielder latched onto and drove at our defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal, this was the only goal scored in a fantastic first half of football by both teams.
The second half began in the same way as the first with both teams playing good passing possession football and at times was hard to believe we are seven places below Lincoln in the league but as with the first half goal, Lincoln scored their second goal of the game after we failed to clear the ball out of our goal area . We decided to bring on fresh legs up front with Toni Laurie replacing the hard working Jasmine Petre, with us still creating lots of chances and looking and playing the better football of the two teams.
The chance of a goal came after great work off Danni Purdham she crossed a ball for Toni Laurie to meet on the volley for the ball to be deflected for a corner the resulting corner dropped kindly for Kayte Brooks but before she could convert a certain goal was fouled from behind and a penalty awarded.
Up stepped leading goal scorer Toni Laurie who confidently placed the ball into the left hand corner to give us a deserved goal the last 15 minutes of the game was all Newcastle who were desperate to get a deserved equaliser but time beat us and had to settle for a 2-1 defeat.
No negatives only positives to be taken from today’s game every player deserves credit today and performances are getting better every week this game was a fantastic game of football for the neutral and both teams were a credit to women’s football well done.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch ‘Sunday the reserves took on a very strong Lincoln side with Super League roots. The team knew they had a hard task on their hands after what can only be described as a thrashing when we went to their place. The players did not let this get to them though and went out with a superb positive attitude. For much of the first half we were easily the better team, playing some brilliant football and giving Lincoln a run for their money. We matched them in every department and the only thing missing was a goal. We were heartily unlucky to go in at the break a goal down following a goalkeeping mistake which could have been avoided.
Credit to the team for coming out the same second half. We again played some excellent football, passing the ball around like a different team and working every inch for each other. The game finished 2-1 so once again we have been deprived of a result where it could so easily have been ours.
The team must hold their heads high off the back of that performance. It was easily our best display of the season and if we play like that next week at Derby, they won’t know what’s hit them. We will be sure to work hard at training this week to build on the positives from Sunday, of which there were so many.’
Our thanks to NUWFC supporter Zoe Vicarage for the use of her photos from the NUWFC Reserves game against Lincoln. Follow Zoe on Twitter via @zoevicarage