After bringing you interview’s with NUWFC’s chairman Phil Eadon and captain Sarah Wilson. I thought it was about time to share how their season has faired so far.
After having a long break over Christmas, the Newcastle Ladies resumed their campaign on the 8th January with a home tie against Huddersfield Town. They won the fixture 3-0 thanks to goals from Jess Foster, Alice Stroyan and Jade Blackburn. The victory saw them move to the top of the table ahead of Sheffield Wednesday.
Newcastle Women further consolidated their position at the top of the table on Sunday with an impressive 7-0 victory over Wakefield Ladies to move six points in front of second place Sheffield Wednesday.
I spoke to captain Sarah Wilson and asked her a few questions about the season so far.
You must be delighted with moving six points clear at the top of the table. Is that down to the work ethic of the team?
“Its a great position to be at in this point in the season, we’re in control and its pretty much ours to throw away. Its all about the work ethic, every single player has worked so hard to get to where we are, both on and off the pitch. Numbers at training are up, team spirit is high, everyone wants to achieve. Also our coaches and committee, we couldn’t get anything done without them. They don’t get paid for their efforts, they do it for us, and their love for the game. It’s not just about players as individuals its the whole of NUWFC working together.”
What would promotion mean to the whole club?
“Being promoted means everything to us, we deserve it more than anyone, that’s not being bias I just know how hard everyone both players and background staff have worked. However we haven’t secured anything yet, there are still some massive games to play. We need to remain focused.”
What do you think the future holds for NUWFC?
“You would be surprised how young our squad is, I think the average age must be about eighteen, therefore there is so much room for everyone to grow as players individually but most importantly as a team. If we do get promoted, we need to work harder than ever, the Northern Premier is a very tough league. But without getting ahead of ourselves, we must take each game as it comes, stay focused on the next couple of weeks, then we can plan for the future!”
It is clear from what Sarah has said is that the team are really focussed on gaining promotion into the Northern Premier Division and that all those involved in the club are working together in order to achieve this aim. One point that I want to pick up on is the fact that those involved in the club are not paid, NUWFC have no partnership with the mens club and solely rely on fundraisers and donations from the public in order to fund travel and kit over one season.
I always keep up to date with how the team do at weekends and follow several of the team on Twitter, they are a great bunch of lasses and I really hope that they achieve their aim of getting into the Northern Premier Division. So why not go and support the lasses in their next game if you are free? I’m sure you will be impressed with the display that they put on.
You can follow both NUWFC and Sarah on Twitter: @NUWFC @Wilson5NUWFC
Also a special thanks must go to Steven White who has kindly given me permission to use his image in the article. He is also a keen promoter of the NUWFC team and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ImagesBySW