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10 February 2019 Venue Eccleshill United FC Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Bradford City
0 - 2
Nottingham Forest

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Match Previews

Match preview: Bradford City vs Nottingham Forest

8 February 2019

Nottingham Forest will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games on Sunday afternoon as they travel to the bottom side Bradford City.

The Reds come into the fixture of the back of a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers where they earned a point in front of an impressive season-record crowd last Sunday. Trina Greaves opened the scoring for Forest after only two minutes before The Reds were pegged back in the second half and forced to settle for the draw. 

Forest got their league campaign underway against The Bantams in August with a 3-0 win. Charlie Griffin opened the scoring after getting on the end of a corner from Grace Walters and Amy Dicken doubled The Reds' lead minutes later from the penalty spot. Georgia Hewitt rounded off the scoring and sealed all three points after she drilled the ball past the goalkeeper from 20 yards.

Bradford come into the game off the back of 14 straight league defeats having not picked up any points so far this season but will still be a threat to The Reds as they have managed to find the back of the net eight times. Forest's defence will be looking to ensure Rhe Bantams don’t add to their goal tally on Sunday but the backline will need to change as Grace Walters serves the first of a three-match suspension.

The absence of Walters may potentially see Sianna Bennett earn her first league appearance of the season after fighting her way back from injury. Bennett got her first minutes of the campaign three weeks ago in the County Cup as she played the full game. Hewitt may also return to the starting line-up and resume her duties in defence after missing out in the past two games.

Amy Hickingbotham, Shannon Weston and Izzy Sullivan may also all make their first leagues start of the season after all recently joining The Reds. Both Sullivan and Hickingbotham came on as second-half substitutes on Sunday as the side searched for a winning goal. Weston and Sullivan also started for Forest in the County Cup in their first appearance in the garibaldi and contributed heavily in the side’s 14-0 win.

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Match Reports

Bradford City 0-2 Nottingham Forest

11 February 2019

A brace from Ashleigh Edwards helped Nottingham Forest make it four games unbeaten with a 2-0 win at Bradford City.

A penalty miss from Edwards didn’t knock the young forward's confidence as two second-half goals earned her side a well-deserved three points.

The Reds started brightly and had a golden opportunity inside the first minute. Edwards knocked a short cross into the Bradford box and into the feet of Aimee Hickingbotham but her shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Edwards did well moments later as she fended off several Bradford defenders and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area but the wind wasn’t on her side as her shot flew over the target.

Forest kept the home side quiet inside the opening 20 minutes but were tested by a dangerous cross that came flying into The Reds' penalty area. Jen Clark managed to flick the ball goalwards but Rebecca Thomas was alert and got down to make the save.

Thomas was called into action again minutes later as Zoe Roberts struck a great free-kick. The shot looked like it would nestle itself in the top right-hand corner of the goal but Thomas read it well and palmed the effort around her right-hand post.

The Reds had one final first-half chance as Lyndsey Harkin found an opening inside the Bradford half and rifled a brilliant strike from over 25 yards out. Her shot was floating towards the back of net before the ‘keeper pushed the ball around the post.

After the break, Katie Middleton was hacked down inside the Bradford half and Sianna Bennett stepped up to take the free-kick. Bennett took the set-piece quickly and curved her shot towards goal but the ‘keeper got down again to deny The Reds.

Forest finally got the goal they had been searching for in the 64th minute as Edwards grabbed her first of the afternoon. There was a mix-up between the Bradford back-line and the goalkeeper and the ball fell fortunately to Edwards who looped her first-time shot over the 'keeper to put The Reds in front.

The Reds should have doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as they were awarded a penalty after Hickingbotham was brought down just inside the area. Edwards stepped up to take the spot-kick but the goalkeeper did brilliantly to dive the right way and push Edwards's effort out to safety.

That miss proved irrelevant three minutes later as Edwards secured all three points for The Reds. The forward beat her defensive marker, broke into the Bradford box and slotted a neat shot underneath the ‘keeper to make it 2-0.

Manager Graham Abercrombie said after the game: “I'm really pleased for the team. They got what they deserved today after a patient and professional performance.”

Forest: Thomas, Wilson, Harkin, Bennett, Darby (c), Griffin, Constantinou, Hickingbotham, Sullivan, Edwards, Middleton

Subs not used: Hallam, Hewitt, Greaves, Conroy, Emery

Goals: Edwards 64', 76'

Bradford: Routledge, Roberts, Clark (Sumaili 32’), Sales (Durrant 77’), Parrish, Walker, Gill (Donnan 77’), Moulden, Jakeman, Norde, Edwards 

Subs not used: Dunlop, Ramseur 

Bookings: Jakeman 32’, Roberts 62’

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