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31 March 2019 Venue Billingham Town FC Attendance

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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest

28 March 2019

Nottingham Forest make the long trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon as The Reds look to build on their recent impressive performances and earn all three points.

Alena Moulton's side come into the fixture of the back of two solid 1-1 draws that could have been worthy of three points in each. In both games, against Stoke City and Derby County, Forest carved the opening goal but late strikes from the opposition in the final moments meant The Reds only collected a point in each.

Most recently, The Reds took on East Midlands rivals Derby County in front of a record-breaking crowd. A whopping 1,252 Forest fans came out in force to support the team as they earned a hard-fought point against The Ewe Rams, who were sat in third place in the FA WNL North. Helena Constantinou put Forest ahead in the 11th minute as her brilliant corner was fumbled by the ‘keeper and landed safely in the back of the net but the three points weren’t meant to be for Forest as Derby drew level with a curling effort in the final minute.

Middlesbrough currently sit third in the FA WNL North table and have won all four of their previous fixtures. One of their most recent wins came against Forest nearly a month ago where Boro ran out 2-1 winners but it was a frustrating result for The Reds as they deserved at least a point from a game they were leading at half-time.

The Reds will once again be wary of Boro’s attacking threat come Sunday as the side have found the back of the net an impressive 65 times across all competitions so far, this season. Tyler Dodds, will be one for the Reds defence to keep a close eye with the forward netting 11 times across all completions this season.

Sunday’s fixture may see Precious Hamilton make her starting season debut for the Reds after she made an impressive performance coming off the bench last Sunday. Hamilton only joined the Reds last week and showed the fans what she is capable of as she got 40 minutes under her belt. The forward proved to be a constant threat for the Reds as she caused havoc for the Rams defence. 

The Forest backline will also look to build on their recent and solid performances and try an earn a well-deserved clean sheet. The defence have consisted of Frankie Wilson, Lyndsey Harkin, Grace Walters and Georgia Hewitt in the most two recent fixtures and have all produced stellar performances.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture, manager Alena Moulton said: “We’ve got belief in this team now. We’ve got belief that if we stick together and work hard that there is a way and the more we train and the more me and the staff keep reinforcing messages the belief will continue to grow and that will get the performance and result we truly deserve.”

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 3-1 Forest

1 April 2019

Middlesbrough came from behind on Sunday afternoon to condemn Nottingham Forest to a 3-1 loss on the road.

Grace Walters had put The Reds ahead after only 15 minutes but the home side proved to be the better side across the course of the game as they sealed the win and all three points in the second half.

Boro started the game the better of the two sides and came close to open the scoring inside the first 10 minutes. A brilliant high cross came flying into the Forest box that landed at Emily Scarr who hit her shot first time but it was straight at Emily Hallam who made the save.

The Reds then grew into the game and were gifted a perfect opportunity to go ahead. Lyndsey Harkin hit a great free kick into the box that found Helena Constantinou at the far post who put the ball back across the face of goal. Precious Hamilton was waiting for the ball freely yards away from the goal line but she somehow steered her header over the goal.

Harkin stepped over another free kick minutes later but this time tested her own luck in front of goal. The captain smashed her free kick towards the target but the 'keeper got down to put the effort around her goal post.

The resulting corner kick proved crucial as Walters put The Reds in the driving seat on the 15th minute. Constantinou sent a troubling corner kick deep into the Boro box that the home side failed to deal with. Several gold shirts made a punt for the ball but it was Walters who was on hand to ensure it crossed the line.

The Reds should have doubled their lead three minutes later as Hamilton came close, again. Ashleigh Edwards broke into the Boro half and fed a well-timed pass through to Hamilton who hit a first time shot from 20 yards out but the 'keeper did superbly well to divert it over the crossbar.

The home side then began their search for the equaliser and were gifted a chance through Tyler Dodds as she skipped past a couple of Forest shirts and broke free into The Reds' box but Georgia Hewitt recovered quickly and got down to make a perfect, well-timed tackle.

The Reds should have doubled their lead in the 36th minute but were denied by the wood work. Constantinou picked up the ball inside the Boro half and charged towards the box, she then rifled a shot at goal from distance but it came crashing back of the cross bar.

Forest's missed chances proved costly as the home side drew level six minutes from half time. Scarr, who had troubled The Reds heavily, smashed a strong effort from over 20 yards out that flew over Hallam and snuck underneath the cross bar.

Boro came out hunting for all three points in the second half and they went ahead only three minutes in. Scarr grabbed her brace as she beat the Forest defence and drilled a shot past Hallam that nestled in the bottom left-hand corner from just inside the box.

Hamilton continued to be a threat for Forest as she had an opportunity in front of goal. The forward got on the end of a corner kick from Sophia Bonser but her strike was strongly blocked by a Boro shirt.

The home side sealed the win on the 69th minute as Dodds got the goal she had been searching for. Dodd's got on the end of a great through ball from her team mate and made no mistake as she lifted her powerful shot past Hallam.

Forest continued to press until the final whistle looking to steal something from the game and Hewitt was given the final chance to do so. The full back won back possession on the half way line and carried the ball towards goal but her long distanced shot was easily saved by the Boro 'keeper.

Forest: Hallam, Wilson, Harkin (c), Walters, Hewitt, Griffin, Weston, Edwards (Sullivan 83'), Constantinou (Bonser 46'), Middleton, Hamilton

Unused subs: Davies, Bennett

Goal: Walters 15'

Middlesbrough: Stonehouse, Bass, Luke, Brown, Foster, Watt, Dodds (Marshall 71'), Dobson, Manders, Hutchinson (Elliott 78'), Scarr (Dale 61')

Goals: Scarr 39', 48', Dodds 69'

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