A number of the Whitley Bay squad used to play for Newcastle, so the stakes are high and a large crowd is expected at Whitley Park, to watch what is expected to be an excellent game of football.
Newcastle Reserve Team Manager, Weidong Yuan (Dongdong) said, ”The girls have worked hard all season and they have shown their hunger to improve and play good football. We have a very young team, with most of the players still under 18. They have done brilliant during the last few weeks and they are looking forward to the cup final. They have showed me they are ready for this game and it will be a challenge for them to play against the good side of Whitley Bay."
Newcastle Reserves have not had the season any player would have wished for. Their season finished in December, following a number of teams having to drop out of their league. Since then they have had to make do by playing various friendly games around the region and regular training sessions. The FA are currently reviewing the Premier Reserve Section fixtures and the squad are hopeful of a more successful and competitive season for 2010/11.
One Player who will be missing from the squad in Thursdays final will be Sarah Eadon. Sarah broke her leg last May while playing in a Help for Heroes charity match. Following a lot of hard work and a phased return through the Reserves, with excellent physio support, she returned to playing and was building towards the final, having captained the side in the semis. Unfortunately, while playing in a college game a few weeks ago, she broke her leg again; although devastated Sarah will be there on Thursday, supporting her team mates from the touch line.
Another of the Reserves players Natalie Henderson, who like Sarah is currently injured, has taken the opportunity of using her coaching qualifications and experience in working with the Reserve Team Manager, to help prepare the team for this very important game.
Coach Natalie Henderson said “The girls have trained extremely hard for this and have showed real commitment and teamwork, hopefully this will pay off and we will show this on the night."