Nottingham Forest were comfortably beaten 6-0 away from home on Sunday afternoon as Huddersfield Town cruised to an enjoyable win.
Several different defensive errors from the Reds across the course of the game forced them wait to another week to secure their FA WNL North fate for the upcoming season.
The Terriers started the game brightly and had Forest on the defensive foot from the starting whistle and it only took them 13 minutes to go a goal ahead. Georgia Hewitt had timed her clearance wrong and saw the ball slip under her feet and roll into the path of Kate Mallin. Mallin, who was alone on the edge of the box, took a touch into the area and slotted her shot past Emily Hallam and into the bottom right of the goal.
The early goal gave the Reds a much-needed awakening and they came close to equalising only four minutes later. Forest earnt back possession in the Huddersfield half and Ashleigh Edwards slipped a great pass through to Katie Middleton who carried the ball towards goal but her shot was well saved by the ‘keeper.
The Reds were gifted another opportunity to level the scoring from a set piece after Jordan Atkin was brought down late in the Terriers’ final third. Lyndsey Harkin saw an opening in the Huddersfield box and smashed the free kick towards goal but the ‘keeper got across to make the save.
However, any sign of a comeback from the Reds was soon halted as Huddersfield netted three times in five minutes to round off the first half goal scoring action for the hosts.
Lucy Sowerby doubled the home side’s lead on the 41st minute as she headed home a cross from Mallin. Then Laura Elford quickly made it three for her side two minutes later as she finished off a well worked goal routine from her side. Several blue and white shirts kept the ball moving through the Forest box after a dangerous cross came flying across the face of goal and Elford was on hand to knock the ball past Hallam from close range. Lucy Roberts added the fourth for Huddersfield a minute into stoppage time as she flicked in a bobbly low cross in at the far post.
The Reds started the second half brightly and enjoyed most of the possession in the opening 10 minutes as they looked to claw themselves back into the game. Sianna Bennett sliced a fantastic pass through to Jordan Atkin who rushed towards the Huddersfield goal with the ball, her low cross was cleared but only to as far as Shannon Weston on the edge of the area who blasted a first-time effort. But her follow up chance was also well blocked and eventually cleared away.
Atkin turned away from her marker minutes later and carved herself some space with the ball on the edge of the Terriers’ box but her shot flew just wide of the goal.
But Huddersfield sealed all three points on the 52nd minute as Mallin made it 5-0 against the run of play. Mallin secured her brace with an easy tap in at the near goal post after a cross came fizzing through the Forest box.
The afternoon’s scoring was rounded off on the 64th minute as Ellie White added the home side’s sixth of the game. Substitute Kerry Hope whipped a strong across into the Forest area that evaded any Red shirt and White was on hand for the Terriers to knock the ball past Hallam.
Despite the score line it become a memorable day for the Reds as Jordan Reek made her debut for the senior side. The 20-year-old come on as a 76th minute substitute to replace Helena Constantinou and slotted into the back four to earn her first senior appearance in the Garibaldi Red.
Speaking after the game manager, Alena Moulton, gave her honest views on the loss and how the side will set things right on their next outing. She explained: “We didn’t turn up and that was not the team that has taken the lead in so many games recently. Everybody’s attitude has to change from this moment on and will put that right over the next couple of games and we will give a good showing of ourselves.”
Forest: Hallam, Huskisson-Moore, Harkin ( c ), Walters, Hewitt, Bennett, Weston, Constantinou (Reek 76’), Edwards (Hickingbotham 61’), Atkin, Middleton
Subs not used: Davies
Huddersfield: Carter, Harris (Bickett 71’), Legge, Mallin ( c ), Sowerby, Roberts, Nutter, Evans, Danby, Elford (Hope 61’), White (Dobby 65’)
Subs not used: Cahill, Price
Goals: Mallin (13’, 52’), Sowerby (41’), Elford (43’), Roberts (45+1’), White (64’)