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10 November 2019 Venue Arbories Memorial Sports Ground Attendance

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Nottingham Forest

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Match preview: Burnley vs Nottingham Forest

7 November 2019

Nottingham Forest have a fifth consecutive win in their sights as they travel to second-placed Burnley on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

Andy Cook's side head into the game on the back of an impressive unbeaten run which has seen them pick up four wins from four. The Reds romped to a 5-2 victory over Hull City in their last outing in front of a healthy crowd of 457 at Eastwood CFC. Precious Hamilton's hat-trick, as well as goals from Bolu Fisher and Bex Rayner either side of half-time, led Forest to a comfortable win.

Burnley have enjoyed a successful start to their first season in the FA Women’s National League North and are currently unbeaten in their first six league fixtures. The Clarets have picked up five wins and a draw and with two games in hand over the current league leaders Sunderland, they have made a strong early claim for the league title.

It has been three weeks since Burnley's last competitive fixture, a 17-0 victory over Morecambe Ladies in the County Cup on 20th October. Seven different players etched their name on the scoresheet as they took their seasonal goalscoring tally to a whopping 43.

Evie Priestley sits top of the goalscoring charts for the Lancashire outfit with nine to her name so far this season at an average of a goal a game. Forest will need to be alert to keep Burnley's leading striker at bay but it is worth noting that only one of her goals has come in the league this season.

Hollie Barker may make her Forest debut on Sunday afternoon after arriving on Trentside last week. The full-back joined from FA Women’s Championship side Sheffield United and is in contention to slot into her favoured right-back position after Izzy Dalton’s departure on Wednesday.

Liv Cook can also extend her impressive run of featuring in every one of The Reds’ games so far this season if she resumes her normal role in defence. Cook has racked up a total of 11 appearances in her debut season in the Garibaldi and has played a full 90 minutes in nine of this season's games to date.

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Match Reports

Burnley 0-1 Nottingham Forest

11 November 2019

A Precious Hamilton second-half strike was enough for Nottingham Forest to pick up their fifth consecutive win as they condemned Burnley to their first defeat of the season with a 1-0 victory.

Hamilton continued her impressive form of scoring in every Forest game she’s played in this season as she wrapped up the three points in the 73rd minute as The Reds’ battling team performance paid off.
 
Andy Cook made only one change to his side as Hollie Barker was brought into make her club debut in the place of the recently departed Izzy Dalton.
 
The Reds started the contest brightly and had two shots in quick succession to grab an early lead. The first saw Bex Rayner’s long-range effort get deflected wide for a corner-kick and Hamilton’s resulting headed effort from the set piece was cleared deep inside the six-yard box.
 
Forest continued to push inside The Claret’s final third and various Reds teed efforts in attempt to open the scoring. A drilled cross from Rayner found Sophie Walton inside the area but her first-time shot flew wide of the target. Sophie Tudor also smashed a first-time effort on the edge of the area as Hamilton found her with a short pass but the ‘keeper made the crucial save.
 
Despite having the better chances in front of goal The Reds were forced to go into the break with the scoring tied.
 
Forest picked up from where they left off in the second-half as they continued to push for an opening goal. Tudor did well inside the area on the 46th minute to keep the ball alive before it eventually fell to Hamilton who attempted an acrobatic type finish but she failed to hit the target.
 
The Reds finally got the goal they had been searching for on the 73rd minute as Hamilton bagged her 19th of the season. Rayner floated a well-weighted pass over the heads of the Burnley defence and into Hamilton inside the area which forced the ‘keeper off the line. Hamilton remained composed inside the box as she slotted her shot past the helpless ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
 
Burnley sparked a hope of a comeback inside the final 10 minutes as they searched for a late equaliser but The Reds remained calm in defence as they ensured their unbeaten streak extended to an impressive five games as they moved up to third in the table.
 
Forest: Aguirre, Barker, Harkin (c), Cook, Hewitt (Bonser 68’), Walton, Tudor, Rayner, Fisher (Bennett 89’), Warner (Middleton 79’), Hamilton 
 
Unused subs: Davies, Moncaster
 
Goal: Hamilton 73’
 
Burnley: Bracewell, Wilson, Hope, Worthington, Prescott (Owen 46’), Bickett, Agger, Hamer, Preistley (Halligan 74’), Wilkinson (S. Greenhalgh 69’), Rathburn
 
Unused subs: O. Greenhalgh, Cooper

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