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01 September 2019 Venue Eastwood Community Football Club Attendance

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Nottingham Forest
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Stoke City

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Match Previews

Match preview: Forest vs Stoke

30 August 2019

FA Women National League football returns to Eastwood CFC on Sunday as Nottingham Forest welcome Stoke City in their season home opener.

The Reds come into the game hoping to collect their first points of the season after a disappointing first two games to the start of the campaign. Forest got their season underway two weeks ago as they suffered a loss at the hands of Middlesbrough on the road. They then fell victim to an agonising 4-3 loss in the FA Women National Cup to Huddersfield Town last Sunday. 

Sunday’s opposition, Stoke, come into the game in much better form after picking up two wins from two outings. The Potters got their season underway in style two weeks ago with a convincing 3-0 win at home over Sheffield. They then progressed into the cup after narrowly beating Lincoln City on penalties. 

Stoke added some firepower to their squad over the off-season and bring a serious attacking threat to the league this season. The Reds will be wary of striker, Tasha Baptise, on Sunday who recently joined the West Midlands side from Aston Villa. Baptise has already successfully found the back of the net once this season along with four other of her teammates. 

But The Reds possess a dangerous attack of their own that Sunday’s visitors will have to try and tame if they want to take points away from Forest. Precious Hamilton has begun the season in red hot form as she has bagged three goals in two appearances to put her amongst the top scorers in the league. Hamilton has a keen eye for goal and will be looking to punish the Stoke defence on Sunday to add to her season tally. 

Both sides met twice in the league last season and Forest walked away the happier of both teams as they earnt a well-deserved four points against The Potters. The Reds stormed to a 3-1 win at home against the side last year where youngsters Helena Constatinou and Katie Middleton both etched their names on the scoresheet. Middleton netted again for Forest in the reverse fixture as the side picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Stoke.  Middleton will be hoping to get off the mark for the season on Sunday and a goal against a side she put two against last season will set her season alight for the rest of the campaign. 

New signing Phoebe Warner is available to potentially make her Forest debut on Sunday after she arrived on loan during the week. Warner has dual-signed with The Reds and FA Women Championship side Aston Villa as she arrives to help bolster The Red’s attack.  The pacey forward will be hoping to make an immediate effect on the side and will help them search for a home opener victory.  

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 2-6 Stoke City

2 September 2019

Nottingham Forest were condemned to a 6-2 defeat against a strong Stoke City side on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Community Football Club.

Goals for Lyndsey Harkin and Precious Hamilton had given The Reds a 2-1 lead but Faye McCoy's hat-trick inspired the visitors and they took control of the second half to inflict a third straight defeat on Andy Cook's side.

Cook made four changes to the side that had been beat at Huddersfield last weekend as Harkin, Sophie Tudor and Katie Middleton returned to the starting XI while Phoebe Warner was handed her debut after she arrived from Aston Villa earlier in the week.

It took The Reds just 50 seconds to open the scoring as Harkin netted her first goal in three seasons for the club. Straight from the kick-off, Middleton forced an early corner and Harkin rose highest to meet Bex Rayner's floated delivery and power her header into the far corner of the net.

Forest paid the price for a defensive mistake as McCoy drew her side level on the half-hour mark. Aja Aguirre’s attempted clearance didn't get the required distance and fell directly at the feet of a Stoke forward who rolled a pass back along the edge of the area to McCoy and she drilled her shot beyond a helpless Aguirre. 

Hamilton put The Reds back in front six minutes later as she continued her fine start to the season. Tudor’s long pass fell perfectly for Hamilton inside the area and she did superbly to fend off several purple shirts before turning and burying her shot past goalkeeper Clarke.

Stoke wanted a quick response and they found one as Kelsey Richardson restored parity once again following another defensive blunder from The Reds. Nicola Gibson stole possession from Harkin inside the Forest penalty area, rolled it across to Richardson and her controlled finish found the back of the net despite Aguirre's best efforts.

The Potters took the lead for the first time of the on the stroke of half-time through McCoy's second of the afternoon. Natasha Baptiste flicked a pass over the heads of the Forest back four through to McCoy and the striker blasted her shot over Aguirre and into the back of the net. 

The Reds came out fighting in the second half looking to regain their earlier lead and had two opportunities in front of goal inside the first five minutes.

The first chance saw Hamilton's goal-bound effort deflected behind and from the resulting corner, Rayner spotted an unmarked Sophie Walton on the edge of the box but her first-time strike from the edge of the box flew wide of Clarke's right-hand post.

Stoke were beginning to take charge of the contest and extended their advantage on 57 minutes. Forest failed to successfully clear their lines from a Potters' corner and Megan Bowyer was waiting inside the area to hammer the ball past Aguirre and deliver a real body-blow to The Reds.

The visitors went on to add two more goals before the final whistle as Abby Hunt curled in a superb fifth from the edge of the Forest penalty area before McCoy sealed her hat-trick with a guided header past Aguirre to leave The Reds winless from their first three matches.

Images provided by Callum Jordan.

Forest: Aguirre, Harkin (c), Tudor (Bennett 61’), Cook, Hewitt, Walton, Dalton (Sullivan 61’), Warner, Rayner, Middleton (Casper 61’), Hamilton 

Subs not used: Davies, Dexter 

Goals: Harkin 1’, Hamilton 35’

Stoke: Clarke, Hudson, Gibson, Tezgel (Pemberton 71’), Brown, Hunt (Hughes 80’), Richardson, Hall, Bowyer, Baptiste (Kivel 79’), McCoy 

Subs not used: Kolbuck, Wilkie 

Booking: Gibson 69’ 

Goals: McCoy 29’, 45’, 85’, Gibson 37’, Bowyer 57’, Hunt 72’

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Ticket News

Tickets: Stoke City (H)

29 August 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest Women's first home game of the season against Stoke City will be available to purchase on matchday.

The Reds entertain The Potters at Eastwood Community Football Club on Sunday 1st September (kick-off 2pm) and a bumper crowd is expected for the first home game of the new FA Women's National League campaign.

The stadium address for Eastwood CFC is Chewton Street, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3HB.

Tickets for the game are priced as follows:

Adults £5
Children £2
Concessions £2
Season card holders Free of charge

Tickets can only be purchased on arrival at Eastwood Community Football Club.

Car parking

There is a limited amount of parking available at the stadium, with an overflow option at the school next to the ground. As you enter the road to the facility off Chewton Street, supporter parking will be on your right-hand side. Once that car park is full, vehicles will need to turn around and park at the Eastwood Children’s Centre on Chewton Street. (Parking fee at discretion of Eastwood CFC).

Entry, food and refreshments

Gates will 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 so there will be plenty to do for supporters arriving early.

Accessibility

Eastwood CFC Stadium is wheelchair accessible with wheelchair and personal aid seating at the side of the pitch.

Seating

Eastwood CFC Stadium does have plenty of seating, all of which will be general admission and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feel free to take a seat or stand in one of the standing sections at the stadium.

Smoking

Eastwood CFC does not permit smoking in the stadium.

Dogs

Dogs are prohibited unless the owner is visually impaired and requires assistance.

Post-match

Nottingham Forest players will be available for autographs and photos after the game. Please be sure not to enter the pitch or any other restricted areas.

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