Manager hoping victory in League Plate final will provide Newmarket Town Ladies with more belief
While manager Shane Lebbon retains full belief in his Newmarket Town Ladies players, he has admitted that it may take victory in Sunday’s League Plate final (11am) for them to accept just how good they are.
Neighbouring Histon stand in Newmarket’s way of getting their hands on a first piece of silverware since they lifted the Cambridgeshire Championship during the 2014/15 season.
They have had a couple of near misses along the way, but Lebbon is hopeful that they can end the drought during this weekend’s outing at the County Ground in Hertfordshire.
“There has been plenty of steady progress since we won the Cambridgeshire Championship and we have been runners-up a couple of times,” he said.
“It has just been a case of not being quite able to get ourselves over the line at the crucial moment.
“The aim is to take things to the next level and winning trophies always helps with that.
“We have a very young squad with an average age of around 20, so winning on Sunday will give them a lot of belief.
“I know they are good enough – they have myself and the coaches telling them that all of the time. But it is hard to see it if you come up short in big games.
“Winning on Sunday will prove to them that they can do it and gives them a taste of what it is like – after that you always want more.”
Newmarket, who beat Histon 5-0 when the two sides met at the Bloorie.com Stadium in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One back in January, will have to make do without a number of senior players for the encounter.
Katie Webb is cup tied while Yasmin Woodfield, Jodie Woodfield and Brooke Wickens are unavailable.
Hannah Rogers, meanwhile, faces a late fitness test to see if she will be included in the squad.