Jess Clarke: Notts County will lift silverware in 'year or two'

Notts County Ladies players after losing the 2015 Women's FA Cup final at Wembley
The FA Women's Cup final was Notts County Ladies first ever major final appearance for the Magpies

Notts County Ladies and England forward Jess Clarke insists the Women's FA Cup runners-up are on the cusp of winning their first piece of silverware.

In an historic Wembley final, Chelsea ended their own wait for success by beating the Magpies 1-0 in front of a record Women's FA Cup crowd of 30,710.

"We can achieve anything - the league, the cup - just give us another year or two," Clarke told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"We have proved that we can be up there with the best."

Chelsea Ladies lift the Women's FA Cup at Wembley

Notts remain in the hunt on two fronts this season as they are currently fourth, and just four points off the summit, in Women's Super League One, while they have also got off to a winning start in the Continental Tyres Cup.

For a Magpies side in only its second year of existence, following the franchise move and rebranding from Lincoln Ladies, Clarke believes the future is bright.

"It's disappointing to lose the final, but we have to look at how far we have come," she continued.

"We still have the league to fight for, we are winning games at the moment and it is just about taking the positives from it and really pushing on,"

Making history as Notts County Ladies
The Women's FA Cup final was Notts County's first appearance in a major final in their current guise.
However, before the the club rebranded and moved to Meadow Lane in 2014 Lincoln Ladies lost the Continental Cup to Arsenal. It was the club's last appearance as the Lady Imps.

Notts County managers Rick Passmoor said the pain of defeat in the landmark final for the newest side associated to the oldest Football League club in the world will help spur them to future success.

"We've got to learn from this," he said. "We're a young, new club. We're very proud of our club. We're very proud of the tradition and history of the male side but now the female side, we're really putting footprints in the sand now, for a generation of players to come through.

"It shows you Notts County are going in the right direction. We'll learn from it. We'll grow. We'll nurture the talent we've got and make sure we come back, fingers crossed, in a year's time."