Nottingham Forest return to action on Thursday evening as they face Loughborough Foxes underneath the floodlights in a tasty East Midlands FA Women’s National League clash.
The Reds currently sit two places above The Foxes in the league as the Leicestershire side sit three points behind Forest having played an extra game. A win on Thursday could potentially see The Reds rise up to fifth place as they look to break through into the league’s top four.
Forest come into the game having not played a fixture for over week and will be aiming to get back to winning ways after suffering a defeat to Sunderland in their last outing. The Reds took the lead against Sunderland inside the opening 10 minutes through Precious Hamilton. But the league leaders proved to be too strong for Forest as they fought back to pick up a 3-1 win to ensure they remain unbeaten in the league so far, this season.
The Foxes also come into the game aiming to bounce back to winning ways after they endured a tough start to the season. The side have only picked up two league wins so far and most recently fell to a 2-0 home loss at the hands of Burnley last Sunday.
Despite only picking up two wins so far this season, the side have been amongst the goals and Rebecca McGrother sits at the top of their goalscoring charts. McGrother has found the back of the net six times across all competitions so far this season and will be aiming to add to her tally on Thursday evening.
But McGrother and the rest of the Loughborough side will have to get through Sophie Walton and Sophie Tudor, who have formed a strong partnership in the Forest midfield. The pair sit in front of the Forest defence, stopping opposition attackers in their tracks before they break through to the 18-yard box. They also often orchestrate the Forest attack from their positions which has helped Precious Hamilton to bag herself 11 goals.
The Loughborough defence will have the hard task of taming the Forest forward which no other side have done so far this year. Hamilton has scored in every single game of the season and sits at the top of the league’s goalscoring chart and will certainly be looking to continuing her fine form on Thursday.