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08 September 2019 Venue Pride Park Attendance

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Derby County
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Nottingham Forest

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Match Previews

Match preview: Derby County vs Nottingham Forest

7 September 2019

Nottingham Forest make the short trip down the A52 on Sunday afternoon as they take on East Midlands rivals, Derby County, in a fierce FA Women’s National League showdown at Pride Park.

The Reds come into the game in high spirits after they produced a dominating display against Sheffield FC on Thursday night. Forest put five past the Yorkshire side to pick up their first win and clean sheet of the season to set them in good stead heading into the weekend. It was an all-round impressive 90 minutes from the side as three Reds etched their names on the scoresheet. Precious Hamilton bagged her first hat-trick in Garibaldi and Phoebe Warner and Bex Rayner added the game’s two extra goals as they also recorded their first league goals for the club. 

The Rams also head into the fixture full of confidence following two consecutive league victories. After three league games in this season’s campaign Derby currently sit three places above The Reds as they have picked up one extra win. Derby most recently brushed aside Loughborough Foxes under the floodlights last Thursday evening as they comfortably beat the league newcomers 5-0. The goals have flooded in for The Rams so far, this league campaign as they have racked up a whopping 13 goals across the three opening games. Summer signing, Ellie Gilliatt has become a key player for the side this season as she has netted herself three goals in the league so far. The former Sheffield United captain has a key eye for the goal and will be a player The Reds will be wary of coming into Sunday’s fixture. 

But The Reds possess a goal machine of their own in the form of the in-form striker, Precious Hamilton. The forward is no stranger to Derby County as she once donned their colours but Hamilton is now a Red and has picked up a brilliant seven goals in four games across all competitions so far, this season. Hamilton has scored in every one of the side’s games this season and will play a key part in unlocking the Derby defence on Sunday. Bex Rayner will be another pivotal player for The Reds on derby day as she is set to feature in her first East Midlands match-up. The England international arrived at Forest during the summer and has sprinkled her magic across the side since arriving. With a collection of flicks and tricks in her locker Rayner will be hoping to set Pride Park alight on Sunday and help her side head back to Nottingham will all three points. 

Both side’s last met back in March in the first East Midland’s derby hosted at The Reds’ home ground, Eastwood CFC. Helena Constantinou put Forest ahead after only 11 minutes after her brilliant corner kick flew over the helpless ‘keepers’ head and nestled itself in the back of the net. The Reds were set to record their first derby day win in 18 months but The Rams spoilt the party as Hannah Ward struck in the dying moments of the game to ensure the points were shared. Dropping the points in the stoppage time last season adds more motivation for Forest heading into the game as they aim to build on Thursday’s momentum. 

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Match Reports

Derby County 0-1 Nottingham Forest

9 September 2019

Nottingham Forest battled hard on Sunday afternoon as they produced a brilliant display to beat East Midlands rivals Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park.

Precious Hamilton’s headed effort in the 83rd minute proved to be the difference after Sherry McCue was given her marching orders for The Rams. Georgia Hewitt impressed again for The Reds in defence and Aja Aguirre collected her second well-deserved consecutive clean sheet.

Andy Cook named an unchanged side for the fierce league match up that produced a superb 5-0 win over Sheffield FC on Thursday night.

The Rams created a handful of chances in the opening 10 minutes of the game as Ellie Gilliatt made her name be known to the Forest defence. But her couple of long-ranged attempts on goal were well blocked and cleared by The Reds.

Bex Rayner’s corner-kick caused mayhem for Derby on the 11th minute as Forest got their first taste in front of goal. Both Hamilton and Sophie Tudor attempted to divert the ball towards goal with two quick efforts but both were cleared before they could test the ‘keeper.

Izzy Dalton saved The Reds from going a goal behind on the quarter-of-an-hour mark as The Rams pushed for a first-half opener. Dalton pulled off a terrific goal line clearance after a shot from the home side was certain to be heading for the back of the net and then The Reds were able to clear the ball away from any potential danger.

Hamilton continued to hunt down the Derby goal as she was keen to add to her already impressive goal tally. Leah Kellogg took too long with her clearance and Hamilton nearly punished the Derby ‘keeper as she made herself big enough to block her goal kick but her deflected effort flew wide of the goal.

Forest came out fighting in the second half as they took hold of the reins and began to control the game.

Hamilton got past the Derby defence and squared a hard pass through the home side’s box searching for a red shirt. But the effort was behind Katie Middleton and Tudor, who had gone surging into the penalty box, and the ball was eventually cleared.

McCue saw red on the 64th minute after she picked up a second yellow for bringing down substitute Bolu Fisher in the Derby half. The Reds took full advantage of the extra player and Hamilton came marginally close to opening the scoring but her effort curled agonisingly wide.

Hamilton made no mistake the second time of asking as she sealed the win for The Reds with seven minutes to go to spectacularly bag her eighth goal in five games. Rayner floated a great corner-kick into the Derby box and Hamilton was hovering around the penalty spot to smack a solid header past several black and white shirts and the helpless ‘keeper between the sticks. 

Forest remained composed in the final stages of the game to ensure all three points headed back home to Nottingham along the A52.

Forest: Aguirre, Dalton, Harkin (c), Cook, Hewitt, Tudor, Walton, Warner (Bennett 90+1’), Rayner, Middleton (Fisher 59’), Hamilton

Unused subs: Davies, Casper, Dexter

Bookings: Fisher 66’, Hewitt 81’

Goal: Hamilton 83’

Derby: Kellogg, Ward (c), Jackson, Owen, Sims, McCue, Barber, Keryakoplis, Domingo (Rai 75’), Watson (Ford 54’), Gilliatt

Unused subs: Morgan, Darby, Ledgister

Bookings: McCue 43’, 64’, Keryakoplis 56’, Rai 81’

Sent off: McCue 64'

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Ticket News

Support Forest Women in the East Midlands derby

6 September 2019

Nottingham Forest Women face a big East Midlands derby on Sunday 8th September as they take on Derby County at Pride Park (kick-off 2pm).

Andy Cook's side go into the game on the back of a thumping 5-0 win over Sheffield FC on Thursday night and need as many Reds fans there as possible to cheer them on to another victory, this time against their closest rivals.

Tickets for the game are priced as follows:

Adults - £3

Under 18s - £1

Tickets for the game can be purchased on arrival at Pride Park.

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