Becky Langley pleased with her side’s start to the season

A flag in the gallowgate end of St James' Park reads "Howay The Lasses."
A flag in the gallowgate end reads "Howay The Lasses" during the FA Women's National League Division One North match between Newcastle United Women and Alnwick Town Ladies at St James' Park on May 01, 2022. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Becky Langley has admitted she’s pleased with how Newcastle United have adapted and played this season, despite two defeats in the league.

The Lady Magpies only tasted defeat twice in the FA Women’s National League last campaign, but they are on course t surpass that this time round.

However, Langley is still happy with how her relatively young side are performing, both on and off the pitch.

This is because her side now have a target on their back being part of Newcastle United Football Club and are attracting bumper crowds week in and week out.

Langley, who became the full-time manager this summer is happy with the progress she’s seen, although admitting it hasn’t been as straightforward as last season, she said:

Langley happy with progress

‘Really happy with it, it hasn’t been as straightforward as last season but teams have all strengthened and obviously, we’ve got a lot of pressure on us because we’re the Newcastle United Women’s team in the division this season.

‘I think from a pressure perspective it’s the same every week, last year it was hard-fought wins to get three points.’

While a lot will be made of some inconsistent results on the pitch, for such a young team to deal with thousands watching and shouting them on every week will be difficult to adjust to.

Increased attendances building up the pressure

Langley went on to speak about the increased pressure on her team and how her players have to adjust to the increased amount of eyes on them.

‘It’s been a big transition for the girls, they’re used to playing in front of a maximum of 200 people and now it’s 2000 so it’s been a big adjustment for everyone and I think we’ve turned that corner now.’

The Lady Magpies will indeed be hoping they’ve turned the corner after a dramatic late Katie Barker winner saw them pick up all three points against Barnsley.

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