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Reaction to Sunday's game

12 February 2023

Northampton Town Women joint-managers Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams were satisfied with their side’s 8-0 win away to Long Eaton United in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands on Sunday.

The Cobblers were ruthless in the first half and found themselves six up at the break, but the second period was scrappy and despite winning by a big margin, there was a feeling that they could have added even more goals to their tally.

Oldfield said: “The first half was excellent, and we scored six very good goals.

“We’ve been working on our attacking play for a few weeks, and we built some really nice attacks.

“The second half petered out a touch, but it’s another win and a clean sheet, so we’re satisfied.

“We’re feeling good about ourselves because we’re on a run of positive performances and results.

“We’re not only scoring goals, we’re also keeping clean sheets, which we’re very proud of.”

The joint-managers were forced to rotate their squad with Beth Artemiou suspended and Vicky Barrett and Kim Farrow both unavailable.

Williams was pleased that his side maintained their standards despite the changes to the team.

“We’ve got a strong, competitive squad, and we see that week-in, week-out at training, which makes it very hard for us to pick a starting XI,” he said.

“That breeds confidence in us because we know that anyone we bring into the team is going to do a job.

“We did very well in the first half today, and there’s some things we can brush up on from the second half.

“There will be opportunities for players if they can impress in training and the minutes they get on the pitch in the next few weeks.”

The Cobblers host Peterborough United in the Northamptonshire FA Women’s Cup semi-finals next week. They defeated their rivals in the final of the competition last season.

“It’s a big game, and there’ll be lots of excitement building up to it this week,” Williams added.

“We want to defend our title this year, and they’re the biggest challengers to us in the competition, but I know the girls will rise to the occasion.

“We’ll play our game, and we’ll do our best to progress to the final.”

Photos: Clive Stapleton Photography

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