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Match preview: Clifton All Whites vs Forest

18 January 2019

Nottingham Forest Ladies continue their battle to retain the Nottinghamshire County Cup on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Clifton All Whites.

The home side will have the task of trying to tame Forest’s roar on Sunday as The Reds come into the game on the back of a solid team-performance. Forest got their second half of their league campaign underway last weekend against Fylde Ladies, who sat fifth in the table, and took all three points with a 1-0 win.

Forest advanced into the second round of the cup in November after beating neighbours Notts County 5-0. The home fans were treated to a flurry of goals as four different players etched their name on to the scoresheet. Amy Dicken netted a brace, whilst Lauren Cresswell and Hazzana Parnell also found the back of the net, and the side's leading goalscorer across all competitions, Katie Middleton, also joined in on the action.

Forest won the County Cup in dramatic fashion last season against Radcliffe Olympic and will be looking to match that feat again this year. The Reds started last year’s final as the better of the two sides and went ahead in the first half but the opener was soon cancelled out early in the second half. Forest would go on to claim victory through a 92nd-minute winner from Amy Dicken.

Three Forest players who started last year’s final could also feature again this weekend. Reds’ keeper Rebecca Thomas could retain her starting spot in between the sticks while club captain Kelly Darby could also start in the backline where she has a been a consistent force so far this season. Sammy Conroy, who scored a wonder-strike last Sunday in the league victory over Fylde, may also have a part to play again in The Reds' midfield this weekend.

Dicken started the 2018 final on the bench alongside Charlie Griffin and Grace Walters but this year’s campaign could see all three players with their names in the starting line-up as all three have played a large part in the Forest side so far this season.

The Forest starting line-up may feature some fresh faces and manager Graham Abercrombie explained earlier this week: “We’ll have an opportunity to rotate a few players and we’ll give a few players a little extra game time."

Niki Emery unfortunately missed last year’s County Cup final through injury but could feature in the starting 11 this weekend. The tricky forward has only been limited to making two substitute appearances since her return but may have an important role to play on Sunday afternoon.  

Goalkeeper Emily Hallam joined The Reds in the summer from last year’s final opponents, Radcliffe Olympic, and she may be recalled back into goal by Abercrombie if he decides to field a rotated squad.

The game may also potentially see the in-form Ashleigh Edwards make her County Cup debut for the side after she was left as an unused substitute against Notts County after joining from Doncaster Belles earlier that season. 

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Match Reports

Clifton All Whites 0-14 Nottingham Forest

21 January 2019

Nottingham Forest Ladies romped to a comfortable 14-0 win on Sunday afternoon as The Reds' quest to retain the County Cup continued as they progressed to the semi-finals after dispatching Clifton All Whites.

Six Forest players etched their names onto the score sheet with all names featuring more than once. Youngster Sarah Brown netted four times on her first senior start for the club, and Hazzana Parnell, Niki Emery, Sophia Bonser, Katie Middleton, and Ashleigh Edwards, all walked away with a brace each.

It wasn’t only the landslide score line that made the match a memorable one in the Forest history books but for other reasons alone. Long serving Forest defender, Grace Walters who joined the club aged 12, captained the first team for the first time and made it an impressive captaining debut as she ensured the Reds kept a clean sheet. The game also saw two siblings play against each other for either side as Forest’s winger, Dani Sanderson matched up against her sister Keeley Sanderson in the second half. It was also a memorable appearance for Forest’s Sanderson as she had began her footballing career agains the opposition, Clifton All Whites. 

It only took the Reds two minutes to open the scoring as Parnell got the ball rolling for her side. Frankie Wilson slipped a well-timed pass along the right-hand wing into the path of Bonser who whipped a great cross into the All Whites box. Parnell connected well with the ball and smashed her shot into the back of the net first time. 

The Reds doubled their lead six minutes later as Brown netted her first senior goal for the club on her senior starting debut. Emery put a cross deep inside the home side’s box that evaded Parnell initially but landed at the feet of a waiting Brown who neatly hit the ball over the line and past the ‘keeper,

Brown grabbed her second on the 17th minute and it was easily the best of her bunch. Wilson was involved for the Reds again as she dragged a low cross back along the edge of the All Whites box, Bonser met the ball first but her shot was well blocked. The loose ball bounced back out to Brown who was able to rifle her shot first time into the top right-hand corner.

The influential Bonser was next to get her name on the scoresheet as she netted her first of the afternoon on the 20th minute. Bonser broke into the home side’s box after picking up a through ball and curved her shot past the ‘keeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

The game was also Emery’s first start for the side of the season after returning from injury and she marked it with a goal as she scored Forest’s fifth on the 37th minute. Emery picked up the ball inside the All Whites box and without hesitation she nestled her shot into the bottom right hand corner. 

Parnell rounded of the first half scoring four minutes later as she secured her brace. Parnell received the ball inside the home side’s 18-yard box and hit her effort first time past the helpless ‘keeper.

The Reds picked up where the left off immediately in the second as Emery bagged her brace on the 50th minute. A weak goal kick from the opposition landed directly at the feet of Parnell who selflessly knocked the ball sideways across to Emery who was facing an empty net and she effortlessly knocked the ball home.

Bonser was next to grab her brace with the easiest goal of the afternoon. Emery hit the initial shot goal wards but the ‘keeper got down to palm her shot away but only as far to the feet of Bonser who rushed in to ensure the ball crossed the line from only 2 yards out. 

Substitute Middleton joined in on the scoring action next as she made an instant impact. The young striker coolly striked the ball past the ‘keeper and into the bottom right hand corner from 16 yards out to make it 9-0 on the 66th minute.

Middleton netted second only two minutes later as she scored the only headed goal in the game. Edwards dinked a cross into the All Whites box and Middleton rose the highest to steer her header past the ‘keeper to take the game into double figures.

Brown completed her hat trick on the 78th minute with the help from Middleton. Middleton beat her marker on the wing and hit a strong cross into the danger zone which precisely landed at the feet of Brown who made no mistake from six yards out.

It was substitute, Edwards, turn next to get on the score sheet as she made it 12 only two minutes later. The ‘keeper made a mess of her initial save from a long-ranged shot and couldn’t keep hold of the ball which rolled out to Middleton who pounced on it and hit a shot on goal. But with a defender on the line looking to deny the Reds forward Edwards ensured the ball crossed the line but knocking it past the All Whites player before she could clear.

A hat trick wasn’t enough for the impressive Brown as she netted her fourth of the afternoon and the team’s 13th on the 84th minute. The home side failed to clear their lines and Brown picked up the loose ball around the penalty spot and had no trouble with guiding her shot past the ‘keeper and deep inside the back of the net. 

Edwards rounded of the afternoons excellent scoring on the 89th minute as she secured her brace from the penalty spot. Middleton was hacked down in the box and selflessly gifted the spot kick to Edwards and she gave the ‘keeper no chance as she smashed the ball past her and in to the back of the net.   

Speaking after the game Manager, Graham Abercrombie, described the Cup match up as a, “Really great game, with a great level of respect between the two sides.”

He also expressed his joy for goal scoring hero, Sarah Brown stating that, “I’m really chuffed, she’s been patient and she is a really good young player.”

Forest: Hallam, Wilson, Walters ( c ), Bennett, Worthington, Weston, Sullivan, Brown, Bonser (Middleton 61’), Parnell (Sanderson 61’), Emery (Edwards 61’)

Subs not used: Darby, Constantinou

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