The Newcastle Women's seconds kicked off the season on splashing form at home against the Durham thirds last Tuesday. The Newcastle lineup featured four new additions since last year, two of them (Helen Murray and Emily Budd) marking their debut appearances in the sport, but despite this and being at such an early stage in the season, the team displayed incredible unity which was key to their assertive victory.
New goal keeper Holly Jackson proved an invaluable asset to the team in the first and second half with some impressive saves
The match began a little slowly. With a 4-0 scoreline after the first quater, the Durham girls were snapping at the heels of Newcastle's players but after a few more well-executed goals in the second quater, the home team gained rhythm and confidence whilst the opposition tired and the rest of the goals rained in.
New goal keeper Holly Jackson proved an invaluable asset to the team in the first and second half with some impressive saves that may see her wave goodbye to the greatful seconds and join the first team later in the season. She narrowly missed out on MVP which was closely contested by many but awarded in the end to Ella BW for adding her phenomenal debut double to the scoresheet.
With such a positive performance under their belt, the team are looking forwards to a busy next week. Three matches will see them clash against potentially tougher Durham seconds, the former team of winger Gracie-Lee; local rivals, Northumbria; as well as Leeds Beckett.