Author: micksharp72

Wallsend BC 2 Newcastle Utd 0

#Champions

April 1st 2022 County Cup winners.

A result that quite possibly eclipses the 2017 win against the same opposition, 2017 was a fantastic result, that team was flying lead by the terrific Wilkinson and Campbell up top with McTague fantastic at stopping them going in at the other end. Newcastle had finished rock bottom with a misley 7 points all season.

The 2022 version of the final was quite the opposite: Newcastle are top and Champions in waiting. Wallsend have struggled with injuries to key players all season and sit just above the relegation spots with safety far from guaranteed.

Wallsend lined up with Watson in goal, Kennedy (C) Sharp Rodda Orr, in defence. A midfield 3 of Dack C Dack N & Turnbull. Up top Ellison Jones Regan. Subs Mark Darling Travis Wilkinson Bailey.

The game started at a frantic pace with both teams battling to control the game. Wallsend defence pushed high a feature of the game, catching Newcastle offside on numerous occasions. The pace of Regan and Ellison was an effective weapon as Wallsend looked to turn the Newcastle defence towards their goal, Spurs (Jones) was immense all night, giving a master class in centre forward play. The midfield, a talented group, had to show a different side of their game as they battled, closed down and broke up everything in front of them.

The first chance of the game fell to Orr, her looping shot, not dropping quick enough and clearing the bar. Regan soon after got free of her defender but the opportunity was closed out. But Wallsend were not to be denied and some excellent pressure forced Newcastle into a mistake with a back pass evading the keeper and rolling into the net 1-0 Wallsend!

Newcastle pushed to get back into the game, but the midfield was imperious Nicole leading by example Courtney and Molly magnificent. Anything that did get through was snuffed out by the defence, Sharp and Rodda absolute rocks in the centre, Kennedy & Orr solid and composed.

The final minutes of the half saw a Regan effort which Donnelly saved well to keep her side in the game. Newcastle responded with a good chance of their own which landed on top of the bar.

The second half was going to be nervy, for the Wallsend spectators at least. Newcastle as expected start well but couldnโ€™t fashion a clear cut chance, Wallsend midfield and defence not giving an inch the top 3 full of endeavour to release the pressure. Wallsend could have added a second Donnelly again thwarting Regan. Newcastle made change after change with 5 allowed in this final, but Wallsend stood firm every player playing at the top of their game. With 10 left it was a great contest Watson not really tested but her handling was assured when it needed to be, then it happened the magic that will go down in Wallsend BC Women history, the goal that ended the contest, confirmed the Cup was to be Wallsendโ€™s. Regan bursting down the right her squared pass to Spurs in all but a yard of space, but it was enough as her first time strike, measured to perfection, curling away with pinpoint accuracy landed top corner. The bench erupted, they knew what it meant, the importance of the strike, the match winner.

Introductions to the game for Wilkinson, Travis and Mark added fresh legs as the minutes counted down, but took nothing away from the level of performance as they slotted straight into their respective rolls. Newcastle with nothing to lose tried everything to get a goal, a lifeline. But nothing was beating that back 4 tonight, even the 5 minutes added on was seen out with little excitement as the Wallsend players worked tirelessly to the last second.

Fulltime 2-0

Final word to the management team whom have had so much to contend with, with the centre half curse and injuries to so many key players. They’ve shown so much faith in this squad and at times its been difficult but they had the team set up fantastically, the team they chose, the tweak in style of play, it was brilliant to see everything work, everything they practised and trained so hard to achieve come to a head in this game. Well done all.

A fantastic team performance by the Women tonight. A deserved win, from front to back we were outstanding, the work to stop an impressive @NUFCWomen team who we respect hugely and hope they go on to win promotion. Tonight though it’s

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Race Night

Wallsend BC Women are hosting a Race night at Blue Flames. All proceeds are going into continuing to support women’s football in Wallsend.
Details on poster.

#morethanfootball

Competition Winner

Congratulations to Sid Wilson (NCL) Ltd

Thank you to all that participated, we really do appreciate your support and will be in touch regarding being a match day sponsor as a thank you for helping out.

Ritson Signs

Delighted to finally announce the signing of Annie Ritson to the club. A player we know lots about having faced her on numerous occasions over the last 3 years. The midfielder who has many attributes to her game will be a big addition the squad and gives us something a little different.Coaches are really excited to get Annie in the ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š and has already really impressed in training. Welcome Annie๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

ANNOUNCEMENT | New Club Captain

The club are proud to announce that Lucy Watson is now the First Team Captain. The cultured central defender joined the Club last season and made an immediate impact. As well as being a fanstastic player, Lucy is a calming presence throughout the team.

Lucy has all the characteristics to make a great captain, with the management team opting for a player who can act as a consummate professional on and off the pitch whilst representing Wallsend BC Women Football Club.

Manager Abi commented: Lucy is a player who last season showed her leadership skills, her ability to organise and command throughout the game. Iโ€™m delighted sheโ€™s accepted the captaincy role for the new season, and we look forward to working with her as we build on last season.

Lucy added: I am really proud and excited to be made captain for this season. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and I know that the girls can kick on from what we achieved last season as we aim for promotion.

Everyone connected with the club are delighted with the appointment.

Reserves Managers Player

Our reserve team managers player of the year award goes to Sam Deverdics.
One of the hardest decisions trying to pick one player to take the award in a season where the team won the league and Cup. Every single player contributed to what we wanted from the season.
However as we lost Zoe early in the season who returned back home to Manchester we were left with zero centre backs both Sam and Coley stepped up to fill the gap. Sam moving from her usual forward position to centre back. Coley doing the same from centre mid to centre back. Coley then had to take a break however we did then find a superb centre back in Emma Parker.
Sam and Parker have been superb since lockdown. Sam literally taking one for the team to ensure we obtained our goal of promotion. Congratulations from all at the club ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

Reserves Players Player

Huge congratulations to our midfielder Rachael who picked up the reserve team players player of the year.
Not only did Rachael amass 26 goals in helping the team achieve the league and Cup double, her infectious personality and positive attitude was something her team mates love about her.
Congratulations Rach ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

Managers Player 2020/21

Managers Player: Lucy Watson

Lucy has been named as the Managers Player of the Year for 2020/21, by Manager Abi and her coaching staff.

Manager Abi ‘Lucy is steady, decisive and a consistent player who delivers every game. She follows the instructions and delivers on the pitch, guiding our backline throughout’.

Congratulations Lucy.

Players Player 2020/21

Players Player: Molly Turnbull

Molly was recognised by her peers for her outstanding displays by being named Playersโ€™ Player of the Year

Manager Abi added ‘Molly literally covers every blade of 3G during training and matches. Her work effort, determination and support to teammates throughout the season is an absolute credit to her‘.

Congratulations Molly.