WHITE’S OUT TO SET GOLD STANDARD IN BIG FINALE
STRIKER Ellen White says she is “going for gold” when Notts County take on Arsenal in this afternoon’s Continental Tyres Cup final.
The 26-year-old striker has had an astonishing three months, winning bronze with England at the World Cup and a runners-up medal in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium weeks later.
And while White acknowledges these are achievements to savour, she is fed up of not coming first.
“I won bronze in Canada, silver at Wembley, now it’s time for gold.We want to win this final,” said White, who lifted the Continental Tyres Cup with Arsenal in 2011.
“To be one of the first two teams to play at Wembley in a Women’s FA Cup final was a fantastic achievement, but we did not want to be the ones to lose, that was very disappointing.
“We were frustrated with the way we played after a good first 20 minutes. But there were some positives – we could take a lot of heart from the way we battled all the way through.
“We all gained experience of playing on a big stage in front of a lot of fans in a final, that will be a big plus for us on Sunday.We will be on point right from the word go, we won’t be overawed by the occasion and need time to settle.”
If Notts are to overcome Arsenal, they will be looking to White to find the net.
The striker, capped 55 times by England, has scored six goals in six games in the Continental Tyres Cup this term, including a double in the semi-final win over Liverpool.
But any suggestion White may crumble under the pressure with all eyes on her are quickly shrugged off.
“I thrive on pressure,” she added. “That’s why I like being a striker.
“I’m in a privileged position in that I get to play professional football, so you’ll never hear me complaining.
“If it’s me that scores the winner that’s fantastic, but if it’s one of my team-mates then I’ll be the first to jump on their back and celebrate. It’s about the team, not me.
“We’ve been in full training for the final, we had a couple of days off but it’s been good to get a consistent block of training together to prepare for a match against a very good team.
“I think we got the balance right in terms of time off and days in training, we’ve got great team spirit at Notts and everyone is raring to go.” Like White, the Lady Pies have saved their best form for the cup competitions this season, their league form having tailed off with four defeats from their final five games.
But rather than dwell on indifferent league form, White expects it to inspire her team today.
“We did finish a place higher than last year, but we know we didn’t do as well as we could have done,” she added.
“And that makes us more determined to try and win the Continental Tyres Cup.”
ALL WHITE: Notts striker Ellen White