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Recent thrashing is perfect preparation for Needham Market Women ahead of Suffolk Women's Cup semi-final




Needham Market Women’s manager Freya Louis said the team’s 19-0 dismantling of the University of Suffolk (UoS) in the league on Sunday was perfect preparation for this weekend’s Suffolk Women’s Cup semi-final.

The Suffolk Women’s League table toppers inflicted the huge defeat on the league’s basement side to remain ahead of East Bergholt United on goal difference; although their divisional rivals have a game in hand.

But, she said, it also provided the team in their first season in competition with confidence going into Sunday’s county cup semi-final against Haverhill Rovers Ladies – who top the Women’s Championship South of the Cambridgeshire Women’s League – at Long Melford (2.30pm).

Needham Women beat East Bergholt 3-2 in quarter finals of Suffolk Women's Cup 2018/19 season. Pictures: Ben Pooley (7712684)
Needham Women beat East Bergholt 3-2 in quarter finals of Suffolk Women's Cup 2018/19 season. Pictures: Ben Pooley (7712684)

“It was a good game to work our way into this Sunday, to build all round confidence,” Louis said.

“I’m feeling confident, and nervous, of course – it’s one of our biggest games of the season so it’s human to feel nervous.

“Everyone associated with our women’s team – players and the management team – have worked extremely hard and we deserve to be in the final. Our hard work has paid off so far, and I have good faith it’ll only continue. We’re all really excited to have the opportunity to battle for the final.

“It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. Both teams having such strong starts in their seasons means it will be a close, tight game. I think we have a very good chance to get in that final though.

“The determination and passion the girls have at Needham will be just one of the reasons we have a good chance to making it to Portman Road ­– and isn’t it every Suffolk footballer’s dream to play there?”

She added it was encouraging to have four of the 10 top scorers in the league, including joint top scorer Francesca (Cesca) Rainbird who has netted 26 times, including a hat-trick against UoS.

Abbie Wilkinson took a four goal haul, with a hat-trick for Emily Steward as well as Rainbird plus braces for Josie Haward, Jemma Wessels, Nicola Henderson and Eboni-mae Shepherd, while Amber Leeks scored one.



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