Nottingham Forest welcome Sheffield FC to Eastwood CFC on Thursday night (kick-off 8pm) as The Reds aim to pick up their first points of the season under the floodlights.
The Reds come into the fixture fighting to prove a point after suffering back to back league losses. Both Middlesbrough and Stoke City inflicted the worst possible start on Forest’s ambitious league campaign as they ran away victorious in both fixtures. The Reds most recently fell to the hands of Stoke City on Sunday afternoon in their first home game of the season. Despite taking the lead twice in the matchup through Lyndsey Harkin and Precious Hamilton Forest’s second half performance wasn’t up to scratch as The Potters stormed to a win.
Sheffield have suffered a similar dull start to the season having also fallen to two league losses against Middlesbrough and Stoke. The Yorkshire side most recently hosted ‘Boro and were comfortably brushed aside in a 5-0 loss. Sheffield have also failed to register a league goal so far this campaign after both ‘Boro and Stoke walked away with clean sheets in their league match-ups but the side will be searching to get off the mark come Thursday against Forest.
Shying away in front of goal is something that hasn’t affected Forest as The Reds have racked up four league goals in two games with half of them coming through striker Hamilton. Hamilton has hit red hot form so far, this season and has also added two cup goals to her ever-growing tally. Sheffield will be aiming to keep Hamilton quiet on Thursday night if they stand a chance of walking away with any points from the game.
Sheffield may not have registered any league goals so far but they did manage to put four past Doncaster Belles in the FA Women’s National League cup two weeks ago. Molly Johnson bagged herself a brace in that game and will be hunting to add more to her season total during tomorrow evening’s game.
Forest and Sheffield faced off three times last season, twice in the league and once in the FA cup. The first match-up of the season went in Sheffield’s favour but The Reds ran away victorious in the following two games with two memorable wins. Ashleigh Edwards played a key part in both of The Reds’ wins over the Yorkshire side as she netted an impressive four goals in the two games. Edwards registered a brilliant hat-trick against the side in the FA cup last December and netted another goal against them two months later in the league as she helped her side to a 2-1 victory. Edwards is in contention to feature on Thursday night and if selected the young forward would be keen to add to her tally against Sheffield.