Northampton Town Women joint-managers Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams were delighted with their squad after the Cobblers won 2-1 away to Sporting Khalsa in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands on Sunday.
Jade Bell and Beth Artemiou scored Northampton’s goals as they leapfrogged their opponents into third place.
They came from behind and scored a late winner for the second game in a row, following last week’s win over Solihull Moors by the same score-line.
“We’re delighted with the three points but it was a game of two halves for us,” Williams said.
“We weren’t really ourselves in the first half, we were too nice and that’s not us at all.
“The pleasing thing is that the girls came out and responded in the second half.
“We were harder to play against and we were good on the ball for large spells.
“Our winning goal came from one of those spells, and it was great that we were more like ourselves in the second half.
“It’s a squad game, so you need a strong squad, and the substitutes made a huge impact today.
“We need the whole squad to be firing in these back-to-back games against some of the toughest teams in the league.”
Oldfield added: “The group have given us everything over the last few weeks, so we’re delighted.
“Khalsa created a lot of opportunities in the first half and could have had a big lead at half-time, but the girls dug in and scored at the perfect time just before the whistle.
“We stabilised, felt more comfortable and looked more dangerous in the second half.
“A lot of credit has to go to the girls for the resilience and character they showed today.”
Oldfield and Williams’ side host Doncaster Rovers Belles in a rearranged fixture next week.
Results elsewhere on Sunday mean that the Cobblers will replace their opponents in second with a win.
“Big games like those against Doncaster are what we’re here for,” Oldfield said.
“If you don’t enjoy these occasions, you shouldn’t be here!
“We’re looking forward to it, and we’re happy because it’s a fixture we’ve analysed and prepared for.
“We’re comfortable with our group and what they can offer.
“Our priority is to gain as many points as we can and build as much momentum as possible going into next season.”
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