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Match preview: Hull City vs Nottingham Forest

3 May 2019

Nottingham Forest will be looking to end their 2018-19 FA WNL North campaign on a high as they travel to take on Hull City Ladies in their last game of the season.

Fortunately, through results out of their own hands last Sunday the Reds safety within the league was confirmed for next season which will lead to a no pressure and enjoyable match come Sunday.

Forest come into the game off the back of a Nottinghamshire County Cup final win which saw the Reds lift the cup for a fourth consecutive year with a 1-0 over Ollerton Town. Helena Constantinou netted the only goal of the game for the side as she smashed home a rebound after Izzy Sullivan was denied by the goal post. 

But Hull don’t come into the game as high flying as they haven’t picked up a win since last March. The side also come into the match up not having played a game in three weeks where they lost out 3-0 away to Middlesbrough. 

Forest and Hull last matched up back in September where the Yorkshire side picked up a narrow 1-0 win. It was a harsh defeat on the Reds who had put in a strong performance across the entire 90 minutes but were condemned to defeat through a controversial 84th minute goal. Hope Knight netted the game’s decisive goal as she rocketed a shot from 20 yards out that rolled past the Forest ‘keeper and nestled itself into the bottom right hand corner. But there were strong appeals from the home side and crowd as they believed the Reds deserved a free kick in the build-up to the goal but the referee waved away the claims and the Tigers finished the game with all three points. 

Only a point separates the two sides coming into the fixture with Hull sitting in 9th place just a place above the Reds and a player for Forest to keep an eye on is crafty forward Hope Knight. The Reds are already aware of Knight who netted in the reverse fixture and also has nine other goals to take her season goal scoring total to double figures. 

But the Reds have fire power of their own in the form of Katie Middleton. Middleton also has nine goals to her name this season and will be looking to end the season on a high and add to her growing figure. Ashleigh Edwards can also end the season with 10 goals to her name if she finds the back of the net at the weekend as she currently sits with nine goals.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture against Hull City, Forest manager Alena Moulton gave her views on the match up. She said: “Every game matters so we will continue to do what we do and prepare well. We will go with a game plan like we always do.”


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