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12 January 2020 Venue Eastwood Community Football Club Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest
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Middlesbrough

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Match Previews

Match preview: Forest vs Middlesbrough

9 January 2020

Second place is in Nottingham Forest’s sight on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Middlesbrough to Eastwood CFC for their first league game in eight weeks.

The Reds will be searching to bounce back to winning ways after last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit and will be hoping to pick up a win as they prepare to face Boro two times in as many weeks. 

Forest currently sit fourth in the league standings but a win on Sunday could see the side close the gap on leaders Sunderland and leap frog Burnley and Stoke City. Boro sit four places below The Reds in eighth place as they trail by seven points. The side have only managed to pick up three league victories this season so far with their most recent one coming against Hull City where they ran out 6-3 winners. Eleanor Dale and Tyler Dodds netted a brace each as goals apiece from Emma Brown and Emily Scarr rounded off the afternoon’s scoring for the team. 

Precious Hamilton was the hero for Forest in their last league game as she netted her 15th league goal of the season to see The Reds return home from Burnley with a 1-0 win and all three points. The victory over the Lancashire outfit saw Forest record their third consecutive league win and the team will be hoping to extend that run to four on Sunday afternoon. 

The two sides met on the opening day of the season last August as Boro stormed to a 5-2 win over Forest at their home ground. Scarr, Dodds and Dale all netted in the first half for the home side before Rebekah Bass added a fourth just after the break. Hamilton and Izzy Sullivan clawed two goals back for The Reds but any hopes of a comeback were quickly squashed as Dale rounded off the scoring one minute from time. But since the opening day disappointment Forest have only suffered two more league defeats whereas Boro have been on the losing end of six of their last 10 league games. 

Sydnie Naylor could make her home debut for The Reds on Sunday afternoon after she arrived at the club in the new year. The midfielder made her first appearance for team last Sunday away to Burnley but the Forest faithful may potentially see the new Red in home action for the first time if she’s given the nod by Andy Cook.

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Match Reports

Report: Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough

13 January 2020

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Nottingham Forest moved up to second place on Sunday afternoon after they avenged their previous loss to Middlesbrough with a 1-0 win at Eastwood CFC.

Bolu Fisher and Bex Rayner forced an own goal on the 66th minute as The Reds put on a strong battling performance to ensure the side returned to winning ways. 

Andy Cook named two changes to his side as Mai Moncaster and Phoebe Warner both came into the starting 11 as Ellie Casper and the injured Precious Hamilton made way. 

Forest dominated proceedings from the starting whistle and came close to opening the scoring on the 13th minute as Rayner’s corner-kick found Lyndsey Harkin in the box but her headed effort was kept out by the ‘keeper. 

Harkin and Rayner linked up again from a corner-kick over 13 minutes later as the latter found the skipper inside the penalty box this time Harkin could only guide her header narrowly wide of the target.

Fisher should’ve put The Reds ahead on the 30th minute after she got on the end of a great through ball and charged into the Boro box but her shot from the edge of the six-yard box was directly at the ‘keeper who pulled off a great stop.

Sophie Tudor found herself involved in the penalty box action on the 40th minute as the defensive midfielder did superbly to control the ball and hold it up before laying off a pass to Moncaster who was waiting to hit a first-time effort but her shot flew just wide of goal. 

The Reds picked up from where they left off in the second half and Rayner was once again involved in the action as she connected with a flying cross inside the box but her headed effort was well wide. 

Aja Aguirre was called into action on the 59th minute as she was forced into a great save at her near post as Chloe Dixon blasted an effort from close range but the Forest shot-stopper was on hand to parry away the effort.

Forest finally got the goal they had been searching for on the 66th minute as Fisher’s cross caused mayhem inside the Boro box. Moncaster found Fisher out wide with a pass and the tricky winger fizzed a teasing cross deep into the six-yard box, searching for Rayner but as Rayner attempted to divert the ball goalwards it spun off Boro’s Emma Foster and nestled itself into the back of the net.

The Reds continued to search for a second goal to seal their victory and Sophie Walton led the charge for another one as she darted down the right with the ball before hitting a powerful cross into the box but the ball somehow evaded both Moncaster and Katie Middleton. 

A second goal wasn’t needed for Forest as they recorded their fourth consecutive league victory as the sun began to set on Eastwood CFC. 

Forest: Aguirre, Hewitt, Harkin (c), Bennett, Bonser, Walton, Tudor, Moncaster, Warner (Middleton 78’), Fisher (Constantinou 83’), Rayner (Casper 88’)

Unused sub: Davies, Naylor 

Goal: Foster OG 66’

Booking: Walton 76’

Middlesbrough: Wareham, Bass, Luke, Brown, Watt, Foster, Dodds, Hutchinson (Ellis 72’), Dixon, Young, Bell (McQuade 72’) 

Unused sub: Marsh

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Ticket News

Show your support for Forest Women on Sunday!

7 January 2020

Nottingham Forest Women entertain Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood CFC and season card holders can get free admission.

The Reds are in need of a win to try and keep pace in the promotion race and will be aiming for revenge against a Middlesbrough side who won 5-2 in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.

Andy Cook's side are on a good run of form in the league having racked up three straight wins over Loughborough, Hull and Burnley and will be hoping to move into the top two this weekend.

Kick-off at Eastwood CFC is at 2pm and prices are £5 for adults, £2 for children and concessions and free for Forest season card holders.

Turnstiles open at 12.30pm, so get there early and take advantage of the pitchside bar overlooking the pitch serving food and refreshments. The pitchside bar also has a pool table and TVs, which will be showing Cardiff City vs Swansea City, so there will be plenty to do for supporters arriving early.

Free car parking is available and the postcode for the ground is NG16 3HB.

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