This Sunday sees Northampton Town Women return to Sixfields for the second time this season and the hope is to smash the record of 1,011 set back in November as we host third placed Sporting Khalsa on the hallowed turf.
So here are ten of the best reasons to get on down and show your support for this fantastic team ahead of the final furlong of an eventful season…
Anyone with a season ticket for the men’s team can watch Sunday’s game for FREE! If not, tickets are priced at a more than reasonable £5 for adults and free for Under 18s.
Women’s football has absolutely skyrocketed in popularity in the last couple of years, helped by the incredible Lionesses and, on a local level, the Cobblers storming to promotion by scoring bags of goals last season. So much so that we should probably be taking away the word “womens” from “women’s football” at this stage – with the amount of progress being made, this is football at its absolute finest and purest, full stop. The atmosphere at these games is special and you should do everything you can to try and make it along.
A cracking game in store
The Cobblers currently sit seventh in the FAWNL Division One Midlands but are just nine points away from third placed Sporting Khalsa, who are Sunday’s visitors, with three games in hand. With so many games to catch up on, the league placings won’t even out for a while but this should be a close and entertaining game. Khalsa have scored forty goals in their sixteen games this season while the Cobblers have racked up an impressive fifty three. It’s almost a guarantee that there will be more on Sunday.
Jade Bell and Alex Dick’s goals
One of the main reasons for almost guaranteeing goals from the Cobblers is the form of strikers Jade Bell and Alex Dicks. Since joining the club in November, Bell has scored ten in five in the league and hit five in one game on her debut, a 13-0 romp against Bugbrooke St. Michaels in the County Cup. Dicks has scored thirteen in the league herself this season and sits in joint second in the race for the league’s Golden Boot.
Rachael Mumford: Midfield General
While a lot of attention fell onto the many, many goals that we scored last season, Rachael Mumford was the key cog that allowed everything else to happen and saw her take home the Player of the Year award at last May’s awards dinner. Mumford is the epitome of a midfield general and a joy to watch as she bosses things in the middle of the park.
One of the most exciting players in the squad, Favour Omenazu is one who will get your off your seats and who could be worth the entrance fee alone. She scored one of the goals during last November’s Sixfields win and will be desperate to add another as she really makes this season her own.
Abbie Brewin tearing down the wing
Our very own sponsored player, Abbie Brewin, enjoys a good jaunt down the wing and her wicked deliveries have produced a number of goals and chances this season. “Brew Dog” has taken her chance whenever she’s got it this season and is, of course, another one to watch on Sunday.
Team work making the dream work
While I’ve mentioned a few by name, this Cobblers team is just that – a team that has come through challenging changes, a promotion and a step up in quality and embraced it. It wouldn’t work without the ethos embedded by joint managers Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams and, while it took a while to get going in the league, that togetherness is bearing fruit with a recent upturn in results.
Celebrate International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day and International Women’s Week take place this week so what better way to celebrate than by showing your support for the best women’s sporting team in town?!
Creating a legacy
The biggest reason of all is to help to build on, and create, a legacy for women’s and girl’s football in the county and the town. For way too long, girls have found their pathways blocked by only being able to play football up to a certain age but this team’s humbleness and desire to make history can, and should, make waves. The time has come to embed this team into the club further and further and a big crowd on Sunday is one way that we can help signal that we want more.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.