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FOCUS SWITCHES BACK TO LEAGUE FOR NORTHAMPTON TOWN WOMEN AFTER CUP SUCCESS

Reaction to Sunday's action

25 April 2022

Joint-managers Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield are focusing on the league after Northampton Town’s 2-1 Northamptonshire FA Women’s Cup final win over rivals Peterborough United on Sunday.

Eden Brown gave the Cobblers an early lead, but their opponents equalised within a minute. Alex Dicks fired home the winner midway through the first half after a 45-minute delay due to a serious injury suffered by Brown.

Barry was delighted that his side were able to come away with the trophy.

“It’s what the girls deserve and we’re extremely proud of them,” he said.

“After a couple of years of not being able to win any trophies, I’m so happy they’ve been able to today.

“It’s a small piece of a big pie that we’re looking for this season.”

Oldfield praised his team’s resilience during a physical encounter at Steel Park.

“It’s a local derby and they’re always going to be difficult games,” he added.

“I feel we struggled to deal with the intensity in the first 20 minutes, but we were excellent after the break in play.

“We dealt with it, and our reaction was faultless to a player.

“We couldn’t have asked for more, and that shows the mental strength and character of the group.”

Barry provided an update on Brown after she was stretchered off following an aerial challenge on the halfway line.

“Eden’s been taken off to hospital,” he said.

“We’re gutted for her because she’s a brilliant person who loves the club.

“Our girls handled themselves fantastically today, and they got the win they absolutely deserved.”

The Cobblers now turn their attention to the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League Premier Division.

They currently sit seven points behind Chesterfield with five games in hand on the league leaders, and six remaining altogether.

The run-in begins with a trip to third-placed Mansfield Town on Tuesday night, and Oldfield expects his side to be on the front foot against the Stags.

“Our focus is on the next game,” he added.

“There’s so much football to be played and we have so much left to do.

“It’s always difficult playing away on a weeknight, but that’s the game we’ve been given so we’ll go there and push for three points.

“Results in the league went for us today, so it’s an opportunity for us to take advantage.”


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