WHITE’S OUT TO SET GOLD STAN­DARD IN BIG FI­NALE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Joshua Richards

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

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