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09 September 2018 Venue Pride Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Derby County Ladies
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Nottingham Forest

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Match preview: Derby County Ladies vs Nottingham Forest Ladies

6 September 2018

The East Midlands derby takes place on Sunday afternoon as Nottingham Forest travel to Pride Park looking to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to four matches.

The rivalry is as strong as it in the men’s game and with both sides sitting joint-third in the FA Women’s National League North table the match takes place with even higher stakes.
 
Both of the league matches between the sides last season ended in victory for the home team and this time around The Reds will be hoping to avenge their defeat in last season's corresponding fixture.
 
Forest have started their league campaign strongly, scoring three goals and conceding none. They opened the season in style by beating Bradford City 3-0, with the goals coming from Charlie Griffin, Amy Dicken and Georgia Hewitt before they earned a hard-fought away point against experienced side Fylde.
 
The Reds then advanced into the FAWNL Cup with an impressive 3-0 win over The New Saints Ladies last Sunday as RTC graduate Katie Middleton secured the win with a terrific hat-trick.
 
This Sunday will also create history as it will be the first time an East Midlands derby between the women’s teams has been played at Pride Park and The Reds will be looking to take the East Midlands bragging rights whilst also maintaining their impressive start to the season.
 
Forest Ladies first-team manager Graham Abercrombie is looking forward to the first East Midlands derby of the season and to seeing how his players cope with the occasion.
 
He said: "The derby game is always an exciting affair and this one is no different, other than the added bonus of playing it at Pride Park. As committed as everyone is from both teams to winning the game, there is a mutual respect between both clubs.
 
"We will do our utmost to produce true Nottingham Forest football that has served us so well already this season and that the supporters love. Our team is growing by the minute and I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcomes of a very first ‘derby' match for many of our young players."
 
Tickets: £3 for adults, £2 for Under 16s can be bought at the ticket office on the day.
 
These can also be brought online in advance by visiting https://www.dcfc.co.uk/toptix/en-gb/categories/home.
 
Kick-off: 2pm
 
Address: Pride Park Stadium, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL
 
Parking: Parking at the ground will be available for spectators but please do not use the parking outside the Soccerdome as parking enforcement is in place and you may get a fine.

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Match Reports

Ladies: Derby County 1-0 Nottingham Forest

10 September 2018

Sidney Whitman

Nottingham Forest were condemned to their first defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon as they were beaten 1-0 by Derby County.

A stellar crowd of 1,642 supporters turned out at Pride Park Stadium and despite battling hard, Forest were made to rue missed chances as they were left empty-handed.

Katie Middleton had an early opportunity to give Forest as the in-form striker chased down a weak back-pass from the Derby defence to Leah Kellogg in goal. Middleton then body-blocked the resulting kick from Kellogg but her effort drifted wide.

The Reds had a goal ruled out for offside on 18 minutes following more good work from Middleton. Having escaped the attentions of the Derby goalkeeper she played the ball across to Amy Dicken to tap the ball into the net but the assistant referee's flag was up.

Andi Bell then had two chances in quick succession for the home side as she tested the Forest defence but both of her efforts from distance were wide of the target. Bell then had another opportunity five minutes later but her effort smashed against the side netting of Rebecca Thomas's goal.

Derby struggled to deal with Grace Walters' set-pieces throughout the game and Forest nearly carved another chance to go a goal ahead through a corner. Walters whipped the ball into the box and as Derby scrambled to clear it to safety, Sammy Conroy smashed her effort over the crossbar from inside the box.

The deadlock was broken against the run of play with the last action of the first half as Derby took the lead. Amy Sims rose highest to meet a corner from the right as she headed the ball beyond Thomas to put her side ahead.

The Reds agonisingly missed an opportunity to draw themselves level in the 55th minute. Conroy rose highest to connect with a corner from Walters and flicked her effort back across the face of goal and it narrowly evaded Middleton's boot as it brushed past the post.

Substitute Sophia Bonser was involved next for The Reds as she weaved past several white shirts and charged into the penalty area. Bonser then slipped the ball through to Helena Constantiou but her first touch was heavy and Kellogg collected the ball before she could get a shot away.

Forest took control of the six minutes of stoppage time and threw everything at Derby in attempt to salvage something from the game but as the ball bounced in and out of the penalty area The Reds struggled to get any shots away and were left with nothing to show for their efforts.

Forest: Thomas, Harkin, Darby (c), Conroy, Walters, Griffin (Griffiths 81'), Lee (Bonser 46'), Constantinou, Adam (Hewitt 81), Dicken, Middleton

Subs not used: Davies, Sanderson

Bookings: Dicken 69'

Derby: Kellogg, Sims (Ball 61'), Ward (c), Tait, Camilla Newton, Barber, Smith, Ledgister (Joyce 59'), Redgrave, Cara Newton (Mitcham 59'), Bell

Subs not used: Morgan, McIntosh

Goal: Sims 48'

Bookings: Smith 75'

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