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Ladies play Newcastle United this Sunday

By Olly Wood | 22nd October 2021

This Sunday the Minsterbelles host Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round qualifier with a place in the first round the prize for the winner.

Ladies team manager Chris Hamilton has provided his thoughts on the tie, looking ahead to an exciting encounter on Sunday.

He said: “All the staff and players are really looking forward to the game, it’s a massive challenge for us and we will go into the game as underdogs but it’s a great opportunity to give a good account of ourselves.”

York currently sit top of the league and are coming into the game on the back of a big 6-0 win last time out against Sunderland West End, Hamilton sees another opportunity to build on improving performances.

He added: “The performances have been getting better each week and we are becoming more consistent in our league campaign. Now it’s a chance for the players to stretch themselves even further this weekend and test our courage as a group.”

Looking at the opponents Newcastle, Chris believes it will be a tough task navigating a side challenging for promotion in the division above.

“For me, Leeds United should be winning that league on paper, so for Newcastle and Liverpool Feds to be turning it into a three-horse race plus having games in hand on 1st place shows how good a side they are.”

City have however experienced playing Newcastle already this year, a preseason friendly which the visitors won 4-0.

Hamilton explained “We took a lot from that game, it was a hard first 25 minutes, for the other 65 minutes we competed in the game, and I feel like we took a lot of confidence from that.

“Friendlies are hard to make big judgements on though. What we did see and sample that day was how dangerous they can be.”

For York, with the hopes of promotion this season and competing in higher divisions Newcastle offer Hamilton and the players a target to emulate.

Hamilton said: “They are an excellent team to watch and to set targets from, they play good football and are exciting to watch which is what we target for ourselves each week.

“For us it’s about keeping improving and sometimes reminding ourselves how far the group have come in the last two seasons rather than looking too much at the opposition.”

Despite the excitement, all ‘the magic of the FA Cup’ and the potential to make history Hamilton isn’t being led astray from the focus on this season’s league campaign.

“The FA Cup is a competition that all the players and staff get excited about every season, it’s great to get a home tie and it’s a nice reward for the hard work the players and staff have put in so far.

“Having said that, me and the staff will always see the FA Cup as an added bonus and a bit of a free hit because our main aim is the league.”

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