Well, what a couple of weeks in Newcastle!

We were all bitterly disappointed after the result against Canberra at No.2 Sportsground, in a game that we dominated for the vast majority. We played some brilliant football and created countless opportunities but couldn’t convert them into goals. In front of an amazing home crowd that was a tough loss to take.

Then we were on the road for a couple of weeks – with a bye round in between – for two matches that would really define the direction of our season.

Adelaide are a quality side and we knew it would be a tough match, but we held on in the final 10 minutes to secure a massive away win. Tori Huster was brilliant in her return from injury and Katie Stengel added another goal to her season tally.

We didn’t play anywhere near as well as we had the week before (against Canberra), but we got the result – it’s funny how football works sometimes!

After a week off we headed to Brisbane to face one of the strongest sides in the competition and we got off to an absolute flyer – thanks to a first half hat-trick to Arin Gilliland. Arin pushed out onto the left wing and combined really well with Emily (van Egmond) who played centrally – despite carrying a lower back complaint into the game.

The scoreline didn’t really reflect the type of game it was. Brisbane threw everything at us and we had to hang tough to hold onto our lead. Britt Eckerstrom pulled off some brilliant saves, in her best game since arriving in Australia.

The effort from across the squad was first class and we executed our game plan in the first half really well, but it wasn’t a complete performance by any stretch.

It’s pleasing to see us sitting in second position on the ladder, but it’s also good to know that we have a lot more to give as a team and that our best is still ahead of us.

This weekend will be a massive game for us (against Perth Glory), and everyone is looking forward to taking on one of the form teams of the competition. It will be great test for us and gives us an opportunity to secure an important win at home. The W-League ladder is pretty congested at the moment, so every win is vital in what is a very short competition.

Having been so close to finals football in the last couple of seasons, we’ll be doing everything we can over the next six weeks to ensure our spot in the top four.

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A Newcastle Jets midfielder, Cassidy will be writing a column before every Jets’ home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.