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24 November 2019 Venue Highfields Sports Complex - Nottinghamshire County Cup Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Notts County
0 - 6
Nottingham Forest

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Match preview: Notts County vs Nottingham Forest

21 November 2019

Nottingham Forest will hope that their Nottinghamshire County Cup tie away to Notts County development side won’t fall victim to the weather again on Sunday afternoon as they make the short trip across the city for the re-arranged fixture.

The Reds were meant to face The Lady Pies last Sunday but the weather played havoc and the game was postponed. Forest reserve side have already booked their place in the competition’s final four as they overcame Mansfield Town in extra-time. The Reds came from behind twice as a goal in the 88th minute saw the side force the tie into an extra 30 minutes of time. Goals from Georgia Gladwin and Annabel McKechnie in the first-half of extra-time saw Forest go ahead 4-2 and despite a late consolation goal from Mansfield The Reds held on for the win. 

A 13-0 victory over Newark Town in the second round saw Forest draw their neighbours in the quarter finals and a win over Notts on Sunday will also see The Reds pick up their sixth consecutive win across all competitions. 

Sunday will be the first time The Lady Pies have taken to the field in the competition this season and they’ll be looking to make their stamp on the cup. Along with Forest, the side received a bye in the first-round and their second-round opponents pulled out of their tie which saw Notts progress safely through to the quarter-finals.

Seven different Reds built up the goal-scoring party against Newark Town last month as they all contributed with goals to see the side through to the competitions’ last eight. Laura Dexter, Sianna Bennett and Mai Moncaster all found the back of the net for the first time in red and Georgia Hewitt netted only her second goal for the club with a fine solo strike. Moncaster rounded of her opening goal with another two to seal her hat-trick and she was joined by Helena Constantinou in hat-trick club as the youngster also netted three. Ellie Casper secured herself a brace within 60 seconds in the first-half as she took her cup goal scoring tally to four goals in three appearances across all cup competitions. Ashleigh Edwards bagged the side’s second brace of the afternoon after she opened the scoring after only three minutes. 

Andy Cook will be looking to rotate his side to allow previous County Cup performers a chance to shine in the competition again. Philipa Davies is set to keep her place in between the sticks for the side’s County Cup campaign and will be looking to make it back to back clean sheets in the competition. Sophia Bonser may also make her second County Cup start of the season as she’ll look to build on her impressive performance against Burnley two weeks ago. The youngster was brought on as a second-half substitute and she played a solid 22 minutes as she helped The Reds secure a 1-0 victory and she’ll be hoping to replicate that performance if given the nod on Sunday.

The match will be played at Highfields Sports Complex (NG7 2PS) and kick-off is at 2pm.

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Match Reports

Notts County 0-6 Nottingham Forest

25 November 2019

Nottingham Forest booked their place in the semi-finals of the Nottinghamshire County Cup on Sunday afternoon as they breezed past Notts County development side with a 6-0 away win.

Katie Middleton bagged herself a goal either side of the half as she got off the mark for the season as well as Aimee Hickingbotham and Sophia Bonser who both also netted their first goal of the campaign. Mai Moncaster and Georgia Hewitt also joined in on the goal scoring action as they grabbed a goal each to score in back-to-back County Cup fixtures. 

Andy Cook named a much-changed side for the contest as he made nine changes to his team that recently took to the field two weeks ago in the league. Philipa Davies reclaimed her spot between the sticks and Sianna Bennett, Helen Constantinou, Ellie Casper, Bonser, Moncaster and Hickingbotham also came back into the side as they started their second consecutive County Cup game of the season. Grace Walters made her first appearance for The Reds since last August as she returned back from injury and Middleton was gifted the captain’s armband as the 17-year-old led out the side for the first time. 

The Reds dominated the opening stages of the game and took the lead through Middleton on the 12th minute as she saw her shot from inside the box fumbled by the ‘keeper on the goal line and the Notts number one failed to keep out her effort.

Forest were forced to wait for their second of the afternoon as they didn’t double their lead until the 38th minute. Both Hickingbotham and Bonser had become a force down Forest’s left-hand side and the two linked up for the latter’s first of the season. Hickingbotham slipped a pass through to Bonser who charged into the home side’s box before curling an effort over the ‘keeper to make it 2-0. 

The floodgates opened for The Reds as Moncaster netted her fourth County Cup goal of the season only four minutes later as her 25+ yards rocketed effort bounced back off the goalpost and in off the ‘keeper. 

Hickingbotham put Forest in cruise control minutes later as she ensured the side headed into the break with a four-goal lead. Arguably the best of the afternoon the young forward picked up the ball and weaved her way through the box and past several black and white shirts and rounded of her move with a great finish at the near post. 

Sophie Tudor continued to hunt down her first goal in red as she came close in the second-half to making it five for the side. Casper did superbly to flick the ball over the heads of the Notts defence and into the path of Tudor but the ‘keeper got down to save her close-ranged effort. 

Moncaster fired another trademark long-ranged strike on the hour mark as she searched for her second of the afternoon and this one looked to be sneaking in under the crossbar but the ‘keeper did well to push the effort over the goal. 

Forest continued from where they left off in the second half as Middleton secured her brace on the 66th minute as she guided a header past the ‘keeper after connecting well with a corner-kick from Bonser.

Hewitt completed the scoring on the 71st minute as the full-back played a one-two with Bennett inside the final third before nestling a shot past the ‘keeper and into the bottom left-hand corner of goal.

Forest’s convincing 6-0 victory saw the side collect their sixth consecutive win as they also made it back-to-back unbeaten months across all competitions. 

Forest: Davies, Hewitt (Harkin 72’), Walters, Bennett, Bonser, Tudor (Dexter 72’), Moncaster, Constantinou, Middleton (c) (Cook 78’), Hickingbotham, Casper 

Subs not used: Aguirre, Fisher 

Goals: Middleton 12’ & 66’, Bonser 38’, Moncaster 42’, Hickingbotham 44’, Hewitt 71’

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