Second place is in Nottingham Forest’s sight on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Middlesbrough to Eastwood CFC for their first league game in eight weeks.
The Reds will be searching to bounce back to winning ways after last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit and will be hoping to pick up a win as they prepare to face Boro two times in as many weeks.
Forest currently sit fourth in the league standings but a win on Sunday could see the side close the gap on leaders Sunderland and leap frog Burnley and Stoke City. Boro sit four places below The Reds in eighth place as they trail by seven points. The side have only managed to pick up three league victories this season so far with their most recent one coming against Hull City where they ran out 6-3 winners. Eleanor Dale and Tyler Dodds netted a brace each as goals apiece from Emma Brown and Emily Scarr rounded off the afternoon’s scoring for the team.
Precious Hamilton was the hero for Forest in their last league game as she netted her 15th league goal of the season to see The Reds return home from Burnley with a 1-0 win and all three points. The victory over the Lancashire outfit saw Forest record their third consecutive league win and the team will be hoping to extend that run to four on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides met on the opening day of the season last August as Boro stormed to a 5-2 win over Forest at their home ground. Scarr, Dodds and Dale all netted in the first half for the home side before Rebekah Bass added a fourth just after the break. Hamilton and Izzy Sullivan clawed two goals back for The Reds but any hopes of a comeback were quickly squashed as Dale rounded off the scoring one minute from time. But since the opening day disappointment Forest have only suffered two more league defeats whereas Boro have been on the losing end of six of their last 10 league games.
Sydnie Naylor could make her home debut for The Reds on Sunday afternoon after she arrived at the club in the new year. The midfielder made her first appearance for team last Sunday away to Burnley but the Forest faithful may potentially see the new Red in home action for the first time if she’s given the nod by Andy Cook.