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10 October 2019 Venue Holywell Sports Complex Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Loughborough Foxes
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Nottingham Forest

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Match preview: Loughborough Foxes vs Forest

8 October 2019

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. 

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Match Reports

Loughborough Foxes 0-3 Forest

11 October 2019

Nottingham Forest produced an impressive team performance on Thursday evening as the side returned to winning ways with a superb 3-0 win over Loughborough Foxes away from home.

Goals from Precious Hamilton either side of the break and a brilliant strike from Bex Rayner in the second half ensured the win for The Reds in a game where the whole team impressed.

After an even opening 10 minutes, Forest began to take the reins of the match and quickly settled comfortably in to the game. Rayner found some space in the 10th minute in The Foxes’ final third and curled a shot towards goal from distance but it flew just over the target.

Hamilton came close to putting The Reds ahead in spectacular fashion only two minutes later as she flicked a free-kick goalwards from just outside the box but her shot bounced agonisingly wide of the woodwork.

Forest were awarded their first penalty of the evening on the 18th minute as Hamilton was brought down inside the area after she got on the end of a great pass from Izzy Dalton. Hamilton dusted herself off and got up to take the spot kick but the in-form striker uncharacteristically placed her effort just over the cross bar.

Phoebe Warner inflicted her stamp on the game as she embarked on a mazey run from the half-way line through to the Loughborough 18-yard box before slicing a great pass through to Middleton, but Middleton could only roll her effort wide of the right-hand goal post.

The Reds were awarded their second spot kick of the evening on the 30th minute as this time Middleton was hacked down inside the area. At the second time of asking, Hamilton stepped up and coolly slotted her penalty past the ‘keeper and into the bottom left-hand corner.

Middleton had an opportunity just before the break to double her side’s lead after she picked up a great through ball and charged into the home side’s box. After cutting back inside and smacking a shot towards the goal she was denied from close range as the ‘keeper made the easy save.

Forest picked up from where they left off in the second half as the highly-influential Rayner made it 2-0 to The Reds in the 57th minute. Rayner created some space for herself inside Loughborough’s final third and from over 22 yards out curled a wonderful effort, that couldn’t be kept out by the ‘keeper, and buried itself into the back of the net.

Eight minutes later and The Reds were denied a third several times in the space of seconds as a goalmouth scramble went in favour of the home side. Rayner’s corner kick caused chaos inside The Foxes’ box as shots from Cook and Tudor deep inside the penalty area were somehow blocked by a flurry of shirts and eventually cleared away before they could cross the goal line.

Hamilton wrapped up the win for The Reds in the 76th minute to bag her 13th goal of the season. Hamilton carried the ball through the Loughborough half and placed a terrific shot past the helpless ‘keeper that comfortably nestled itself into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

Rayner continued to sprinkle her magic onto the game and flashed her skill as she ran half the length of the pitch before sliding a well-weighted pass through to Middleton inside the area. Middleton did well to hold off a blue shirt before rounding the ‘keeper and shooting towards goal but a recovering defender got back quickly to clear away her effort to deny the young Forest forward.

The last opportunity of the game fell to skipper Lyndsey Harkin two minutes from time as Rayner’s corner kick landed at her feet and she smashed the ball back towards goal but a great goal line clearance denied Forest a fourth.

Forest: Aguirre, Dalton (Bennett 75’), Harkin (c), Cook, Hewitt, Walton (Moncaster 89’), Tudor, Rayner, Middleton, Warner, Hamilton (Dexter 84’)

Subs not used: Davies, Fisher

Goals: Hamilton 31’, 76’, Rayner 57’

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