Regular St James’ Park scorer, Georgia Gibson, insists ‘there won’t be any issues’ for Newcastle United Women dealing with the occasion on Sunday.
Gibson has netted on the previous two matches the Lasses have played at St James’ Park and with the stakes even higher in terms of promotion, standards simply can’t drop.
Newcastle have four games left to play and must win all of them to ensure they achieve promotion and lift the National League Division One North title.
With just one home game left for the Lasses, there was only one way they were going to bow out, play in front of a likely jam-packed St James’ Park.
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“It’s a massive occasion,” Gibson admitted. “ So, for those who haven’t played there before and haven’t done it, the ones who have done it have got to share their experiences.”
Becky Langley has been managing a core group of players for several years now and it is still a relatively young squad, although players such as Gibson, Beth Guy and Grace Donnelly have masses amount of experience under their belt.
That experience of handling big occasions in front of a larger-than-usual crowd will be important, especially to help other players calm their nerves heading into Sunday.
“They’re aware that there’s going to be noise, it’s going to be loud,” Gibson added.
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“Especially if we get to the 30,000-mark Mehrdad [Ghodoussi} is pushing for.”
“We’ll [experienced players] just be telling them [first-team players at St James’ Park] to do what they do best, play their football and there won’t be any issues.”
Gibson is the club’s top scorer this season, although she is indeed just a few ahead of Kacie Elson, so the Toon’s number 10 will be keen to find the back of the net on Sunday.
The ever-present attacking midfielder’s set pieces have been crucial all season and Langley will be hoping to utilise them on Sunday as they look to significantly improve their goal difference.