Andy Cook explains how pleased he is to see striker Ellie Casper get amongst the goals on Sunday afternoon as she helped the side fight to secure a 6-2 victory away to Chester-le-Street in the FA Women’s National League Plate.
Cook made four changes to his starting 11 from his side’s last outing which saw Casper come back into the fold and it was a change that paid off as she grabbed two goals, her first time on the scoresheet for the club, to help her side pick up the win.
Speaking after the game Cook said: “Ellie Casper’s a great girl. I was so pleased for her and also to see her working with Precious Hamilton up top.
“She gives the team a different look and she offers a different way of playing.
“If she can get that high-speed intensity into her game week in week out she will flourish.”
Despite winning the tie by a four-goal margin Cook states that it was a ‘tough’ contest for his side against the lower league opposition.
“It was a tough game. I knew it would be after the impressive games they have had recently,” Cook explained.
“However, we didn’t help ourselves we made errors and we were punished. 2-1 down wasn’t good for us. But we pulled it back and went in at half-time with the score tied up at 2-2.
“We then spoke at half-time about how we needed to be calm and to keep playing and look to create one-twos and that’s what we did.
“We also wanted to keep getting crosses into the box that players could get on the end off and Lyndsey Harkin scored a belter from us doing that.”
The Reds made it two wins in four days on Sunday as they followed up last Thursday’s 3-0 league win with another positive result in the plate and Cook believes that this momentum will help them pick up more favourable results throughout the rest of the month.
He said: “The whole squad has worked well and now we go into our Nottinghamshire County Cup fixture week with minutes under the belts of lots of players and we now have the chance to use more players next weekend.
“Then after that at the end of the month we welcome Hull City to Eastwood CFC. Which we have a hospitality offer on that people can still get tickets for which would be great to see as many fans as possible down to support the girls.”
Several of The Reds also featured a full 90 minutes across their last two fixtures and Cook explains how it’s vital for them players to be rested heading into the next few games.
“Playing a full 180 minutes is good for some of the girls but a lot of those now have a weekend off to relax and recharge and this is something we take seriously.
“Recovery and rest is sometimes over looked but I like teams to be fresh game by game.”