This coming Sunday (January 7, 2018) The New Saints Ladies make history as they play in the SSE Women’s FA Cup Third Round for the first time.
Also in the competition at this stage are the likes of Burnley Ladies, Cardiff City Ladies, Huddersfield Ladies and Wolves Women.
The tie against Newcastle United Women is a 1.00 p.m. kick-off at Coach Lane, NE7 7XA. As well as bringing you updates during the match itself via our social media accounts, we will also be covering the build-up to the big game.
In fact, the coverage starts right now, as this evening we interviewed TNS Ladies’ captain, Charlotte Canlett.
TNS: Charlotte, you must be looking forward to the weekend? Or is that an understatement!
Charlotte: Indeed! This fixture has been on my mind since the draw was made. It’s the first time TNS Ladies have been in the 3rd round and we don’t want it to end here.
TNS: You’ve played in many key games over the years. Where does this one rank?
Charlotte: Every game is an important one but the FA Cup is special.
TNS: As you have already stated, it’s the first time that TNS Ladies have been in the 3rd round of the Women’s FA Cup. How does it feel to be part of history in the making?
Charlotte: I think this is only the beginning for history-making at the club. We have the vision and goal and we collectively strive for more.
TNS: The game itself will be a tough one. How much do you know about Newcastle United Women?
Charlotte: Every cup game is tough. Andy has done his homework on Newcastle United and we have been working tactically in training.
TNS: Under Andy Williams, TNS Ladies have had a great season so far. What are your own thoughts on the campaign to date?
Charlotte: I am proud to captain such a dedicated, hard-working group of girls. Because of the level of commitment and the continuous guidance and instruction from Andy Williams we are able to say, on a weekly basis, “Let the footie do the talking”.
TNS: Andy has got everyone well organised both on and off the pitch. What extra preparation have you had for the Newcastle game?
Charlotte: We were unfortunate to have two games cancelled before Christmas, however this didn’t stop our preparation. Most weeks we have been able to train twice a week and when that wasn’t possible each player focused on their personal training plan and was asked to complete several high intensity workouts. Newcastle is an important game and Andy has asked us to make the right decisions off the pitch – sleep, hydration, diet and more.
TNS: Have a great weekend Charlotte, and whatever the result, everyone at The New Saints is incredibly proud of TNS Ladies for getting this far.
Charlotte: Thank you, Stewart. Additionally, I would like to thank The New Saints for supporting TNS Ladies with this exciting trip– hope we make you proud.