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24 February 2019 Venue Eastwood Community Football Club Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest
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Guiseley Vixens

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Match preview: Nottingham Forest vs Guiseley Vixens

22 February 2019

Nottingham Forest will look to make it six games unbeaten across all competitions on Sunday afternoon as they take on Guiseley Vixens at the Reds’ new home, Eastwood FC.

The Reds haven’t suffered a League loss since the beginning of last November and come into the fixture of the back of two straight FA WNL North wins.

Forest’s last competitive fixture came last week where they faced up to Sheffield FC on Valentine’s day away from home. Both Aimee Hickingbotham and Ashleigh Edwards fired the Reds to a 2-1 win as Katie Middleton also shone underneath the floodlights with an impressive performance. Hickingbotham gave the Reds the lead and netted her goal for the side just before the half an hour mark after some superb work from Middleton. Middleton had charged through the Sheffield half and skipped past several Sheffield shirts before she slipped a perfect pass to the feet of Hickingbotham who took a touch and lifted her shot over the ‘keeper. Forest had to wait till the second half to double their lead and the second goal came on the 51st minute. Middleton was involved again for her side as picked up the ball and glided into the Sheffield box, her first two initial shots were well blocked on the line but Edwards was on hand to poke the ball into the back of the net. It was a nervy finish for the Reds as Sheffield pegged a late goal back on the 84th minute as Rhema Lord-Mears hit a first-time effort from the edge of the box that rolled underneath Rebecca Thomas in goal. But the Reds remained composed and organised at the back to ensure they held on to earn all three points.

The Reds were scheduled to take on the Vixens three weeks ago but the match fell victim to the weather and both sides will be hoping it isn’t the same outcome on Sunday. The sides previously matched up back in September at the start of the season where the Reds were fairly beaten 2-0. The Yorkshire outfit scored a goal in either half to ensure the three points stayed with the Vixens and left Forest rueing their early missed chances in the game. Olivia Auker opened the scoring for her side on the 26th minute with a curling shot from 22 yards out. Then Eleanor Hall sealed the win on the 79th minute from close range after a defensive mishap from the Reds inside the box.

The Vixens come into the game of the back of a recent draw against fellow Yorkshire side Doncaster Rovers Belles. Guiseley believed they had stolen all three points on the 84th minute as Alarna Fuller put her side ahead but Donny Belles responded well and Olivia Cook drew her side level five minutes later. The Vixens had a golden opportunity to regain their lead and well and truly steal all three points as they were awarded a penalty a minute into stoppage time but Emily Batty repeated her penalty saving heroics that she performed against the Reds and made a brilliant save to earn her side a point.

The Reds will be aware to keep a close eye on Vixen’s forward, Ellie Casper, on Sunday afternoon as she has fired herself into red hot form. Casper has successfully found the back of the net seven times in her previous nine appearances across all competitions and will be wanting to continue the streak. Striker, Olivia Auker, who netted when the sides last met has also racked up 10 goals across all competitions so far, this season but the Reds will be aiming to shut her out this weekend and deny her adding to her tally.

But the Vixens defence will equally be hoping to keep Forest’s in form attackers, Katie Middleton and Ashleigh Edwards, quiet on Sunday. Edwards has netted three goals in her last two games and is currently the side’s top goal scorer with nine. Middleton racked up two more assists her in last outing for the Reds that took her combined goal and assist total up to 16 for the season in only 22 appearances and the young forward will be looking to add more to her tally this Sunday.

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Guiseley Vixens

25 February 2019

Nottingham Forest suffered their first league loss since November on Sunday afternoon as Guiseley came from behind to win 3-1.

Sarah Brown recorded her first league start for the club and Summer Holmes also racked up her first minutes of the season after returning from injury but unfortunately neither could mark the game with a win.

The Reds took the lead through an unlikely source, goal keeper Rebecca Thomas, as she netted a penalty but the Vixens proved to be too good for Forest as two goals from Alarna Fuller and a third fromMonika Estere Stube gifted the Yorkshire side all three points. 

Forest started the game the better of the two sides and went close to going ahead after only five minutes. Katie Middleton was brought down from behind deep inside the Guiseley half and Grace Walters stepped up to take the free kick. Walters floated a great set piece into the away side’s box, Sianna Bennett rose the highest to meet the ball but she could only steer her header wide.

Middleton came close for the Reds five minutes later after she picked up the ball, slipped past her marker and dashed into the box. But her shot flew just high of the goal.

Forest were awarded a penalty on the 14th minute after Sarah Brown was brought down and after the side failing to score their last three penalties in their last three games an unlikely source was called upon this week. ‘Keeper Thomas was given the nod by the Forest manager and she made no mistake as she smashed her shot into the roof of the net to give the Reds the lead.

After putting the Reds ahead down one end of the field Thomas was called into action minutes later as Guiseley began to push for a leveller. Stube hit a shot for the Vixens from the edge of the box but Thomas palmed her effort around her goal post.

The Reds lead was short lived as the Vixens drew level on the 22nd minute. Beth Stanfield bounced a teasing cross into the Forest box which the backline failed to deal with and Fuller was left with time to flick up the ball and knock her shot past Thomas from five yards out.

Forest should’ve stole back their lead six minutes later in dramatic fashion. The Guiseley ‘keeper had ventured out of her 18-yard box and was taking her time with the ball, Sarah Brown took advantage to chase down the ball and body blocked the kick but agonisingly the ball bounced just marginally wide of the goal.

The Vixens centre backs remained strong in the backline as they teamed up to deny the Reds. Ashleigh Edwards tried to force her way past Fuller in the area to get her shot away but she was stopped and Middleton picked up the stray ball and tried to knock it past Jodie Hunter but she was also stopped in her tracks.

Guiseley took the lead as Fuller put her side ahead for the first time of the afternoon on the 44th minute. Stanfield paired up with the Guiseley captain again as she hit another great cross into the box where a waiting Fuller steered her header past Thomas.

The Vixens came out strong in the second half and began searching to extend their lead. Stanfield lost Walters in the Forest final third and charged into the Reds’ box but fortunately Thomas was on hand to push her strong effort around her near goal post.

Thomas continued to impress in-between the sticks for the Reds and pulled of an impressive save minutes later. Lauren Griffiths rifled a shot from outside the area that was set to be sneaking underneath the cross bar but Thomas at full stretch diverted the shot over the goal with her fingertips. 

The Vixens sealed all three points just before the hour mark through a terrific goal. Griffiths did superbly well to chase down a through ball and to beat Walters to whip a great cross into the Forest box where Stube controlled the ball perfectly and rocketed a half volley past Thomas.

Thomas denied the away side a fourth 15 minutes from time as she got down to push a low effort from Griffiths around her right-hand goal post.

The Reds nearly clawed a goal back on the 86th minute after Walters pulled out one of her impressive long throw-ins. Sammy Conroy was waiting inside the box and flicked on her header towards goal but the ‘keeper made the routine save and denied the Reds a late comeback.

Forest: Thomas, Wilson, Bennett, Walters, Darby ( c ), Constantinou (Holmes 36’), Conroy, Sullivan (Dicken 62’), Hickingbotham (Edwards 36’), Brown, Middleton

Subs not used: Hallam, Hewitt 

Goal: Thomas 14’

Guiseley: Davies, Stanfield, Ash (Gough 84’), Gill, Fuller, Hunter, Walton, Casper, Griffiths, Hunt, Stube (Aucker 90’) 

Goals: Fuller 22’, 44', Stube 59’

Bookings: Fuller, Griffiths

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