Nottingham Forest Ladies romped to a comfortable 14-0 win on Sunday afternoon as The Reds' quest to retain the County Cup continued as they progressed to the semi-finals after dispatching Clifton All Whites.
Six Forest players etched their names onto the score sheet with all names featuring more than once. Youngster Sarah Brown netted four times on her first senior start for the club, and Hazzana Parnell, Niki Emery, Sophia Bonser, Katie Middleton, and Ashleigh Edwards, all walked away with a brace each.
It wasn’t only the landslide score line that made the match a memorable one in the Forest history books but for other reasons alone. Long serving Forest defender, Grace Walters who joined the club aged 12, captained the first team for the first time and made it an impressive captaining debut as she ensured the Reds kept a clean sheet. The game also saw two siblings play against each other for either side as Forest’s winger, Dani Sanderson matched up against her sister Keeley Sanderson in the second half. It was also a memorable appearance for Forest’s Sanderson as she had began her footballing career agains the opposition, Clifton All Whites.
It only took the Reds two minutes to open the scoring as Parnell got the ball rolling for her side. Frankie Wilson slipped a well-timed pass along the right-hand wing into the path of Bonser who whipped a great cross into the All Whites box. Parnell connected well with the ball and smashed her shot into the back of the net first time.
The Reds doubled their lead six minutes later as Brown netted her first senior goal for the club on her senior starting debut. Emery put a cross deep inside the home side’s box that evaded Parnell initially but landed at the feet of a waiting Brown who neatly hit the ball over the line and past the ‘keeper,
Brown grabbed her second on the 17th minute and it was easily the best of her bunch. Wilson was involved for the Reds again as she dragged a low cross back along the edge of the All Whites box, Bonser met the ball first but her shot was well blocked. The loose ball bounced back out to Brown who was able to rifle her shot first time into the top right-hand corner.
The influential Bonser was next to get her name on the scoresheet as she netted her first of the afternoon on the 20th minute. Bonser broke into the home side’s box after picking up a through ball and curved her shot past the ‘keeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
The game was also Emery’s first start for the side of the season after returning from injury and she marked it with a goal as she scored Forest’s fifth on the 37th minute. Emery picked up the ball inside the All Whites box and without hesitation she nestled her shot into the bottom right hand corner.
Parnell rounded of the first half scoring four minutes later as she secured her brace. Parnell received the ball inside the home side’s 18-yard box and hit her effort first time past the helpless ‘keeper.
The Reds picked up where the left off immediately in the second as Emery bagged her brace on the 50th minute. A weak goal kick from the opposition landed directly at the feet of Parnell who selflessly knocked the ball sideways across to Emery who was facing an empty net and she effortlessly knocked the ball home.
Bonser was next to grab her brace with the easiest goal of the afternoon. Emery hit the initial shot goal wards but the ‘keeper got down to palm her shot away but only as far to the feet of Bonser who rushed in to ensure the ball crossed the line from only 2 yards out.
Substitute Middleton joined in on the scoring action next as she made an instant impact. The young striker coolly striked the ball past the ‘keeper and into the bottom right hand corner from 16 yards out to make it 9-0 on the 66th minute.
Middleton netted second only two minutes later as she scored the only headed goal in the game. Edwards dinked a cross into the All Whites box and Middleton rose the highest to steer her header past the ‘keeper to take the game into double figures.
Brown completed her hat trick on the 78th minute with the help from Middleton. Middleton beat her marker on the wing and hit a strong cross into the danger zone which precisely landed at the feet of Brown who made no mistake from six yards out.
It was substitute, Edwards, turn next to get on the score sheet as she made it 12 only two minutes later. The ‘keeper made a mess of her initial save from a long-ranged shot and couldn’t keep hold of the ball which rolled out to Middleton who pounced on it and hit a shot on goal. But with a defender on the line looking to deny the Reds forward Edwards ensured the ball crossed the line but knocking it past the All Whites player before she could clear.
A hat trick wasn’t enough for the impressive Brown as she netted her fourth of the afternoon and the team’s 13th on the 84th minute. The home side failed to clear their lines and Brown picked up the loose ball around the penalty spot and had no trouble with guiding her shot past the ‘keeper and deep inside the back of the net.
Edwards rounded of the afternoons excellent scoring on the 89th minute as she secured her brace from the penalty spot. Middleton was hacked down in the box and selflessly gifted the spot kick to Edwards and she gave the ‘keeper no chance as she smashed the ball past her and in to the back of the net.
Speaking after the game Manager, Graham Abercrombie, described the Cup match up as a, “Really great game, with a great level of respect between the two sides.”
He also expressed his joy for goal scoring hero, Sarah Brown stating that, “I’m really chuffed, she’s been patient and she is a really good young player.”
Forest: Hallam, Wilson, Walters ( c ), Bennett, Worthington, Weston, Sullivan, Brown, Bonser (Middleton 61’), Parnell (Sanderson 61’), Emery (Edwards 61’)
Subs not used: Darby, Constantinou