Women. Langley: It was a fantastic week

23 Mar 23

Becky Langley was thrilled that Newcastle United Women ended a crucial week on a high with a win over Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies on Sunday, following their midweek triumph over title rivals Durham Cestria

The Magpies went into last weekend's clash with Norton on the back of an important 1-0 win over FA Women's National League Division One North leaders Cestria, and showed no signs of fatigue as they cruised to a 4-0 victory at Kingston Park.

Following the win - and a week which saw Newcastle move to within a point of Durham Cestria, with a game in hand - Langley expressed her delight.

"It was a fantastic week," she told nufc.co.uk. "(We got) two clean sheets in a week and six points. It was absolutely brilliant.

"After Tuesday night (against Cestria), we were ecstatic and felt like we were at the top of the rollercoaster and came crashing back down when we got back to work and were trying to kick on (ahead of Sunday).

"Credit to the girls. They were able to get through a physically and emotionally exhausting week and get the outcomes we want."

The Magpies' first goalscorer against Norton was midfielder Rachel Lee, who dispatched a penalty effortlessly just two minutes in, setting Newcastle on the way to victory.

Langley says that having the likes of Lee - who suffered a long-term knee injury last season - and other absentees back only serves to aid United's push in the season run-in.

"Shorty (Lee) brings a lot of quality in terms of her leadership and her defensive cover," she explained. "The way she intercepts play and the way she starts attacks is brilliant.

"Having Erin (Nelson) back was great. (It was) her first start for the first team this season due to injury and she was bright.

"It's fantastic to have those creative players back and we are lucky we have them back to help us kick on for the rest of the season."

Next up for Newcastle is Barnsley Women on Sunday, 2nd April, as the Magpies' highly anticipated clash with Bradford City Women at St. James' Park on 16th April comes into view.

Despite the match at St. James' Park, and the potential for another historic afternoon, starting to come over the horizon, Langley's message to her squad is clear.

"We'll just focus on that game (against Bradford) in that week," she insisted.

"It's easy to get carried away but we've got to get the job done against Barnsley a week on Sunday. Just focusing on our next game is our mentality."

Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock/@Tyneside_NUWFC

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