News. Langley: We've got our confidence back

29 Sep 22

When Newcastle United Women defeated Lincoln City Women 9-1 at the LNER Stadium on Saturday, manager Becky Langley says she could "feel the tide change" for the Lady Magpies' season

Langley's side went into the FA Women's National League Cup fixture against their tier-four opponents having won only one of their previous three FAWNL Division One North fixtures, losing to Hull City Ladies and drawing with Chorley Women either side of a narrow victory over Middlesbrough Women.

The Newcastle Women boss needed a reaction from her team, and the Lady Magpies delivered in emphatic style.

"We just had momentum in the game and were much more clinical with our finishing," said Langley following the triumph. "I am really pleased with the game. It was a pleasure to play at the LNER Stadium in Lincoln and it was a fantastic day (for us) to score nine goals."

Hat-tricks apiece for Georgia Gibson and Lauren Robson, as well as goals for Katie Barker and Lois Greenslade on top of an own goal, ensured that the Lady Magpies travelled back to Tyneside with a positive result.

Barker's cool second-half finish was her first of the season, and with the number nine having finished as Newcastle Women and FAWNL Division One North top scorer last term, Langley was thrilled that the striker was back among the goals.

"It's fantastic to see her score," said the Newcastle Women boss. "I know it was such a relief for her to get off the mark this season.

"She played really well throughout the game, and she got a couple of assists too. It was just brilliant that she got that icing on the cake, which was hitting the back of the net."

Langley credited the return to form of hat-trick heroes Gibson and Robson, as well as the inclusion of summer acquisitions Gillian Oyos, Ellie Dobson and Emma Wallis, as reasons for Newcastle Women's strong performance against Lincoln.

And the Lady Magpies' boss believes her side are now ready to kick on this season.

"You can almost feel the tide change," she said. "We've got our confidence back. This is when we start to turn a corner."

Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock/@Tyneside_NUWFC

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