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11 October 2020 Venue Eastwood CFC Attendance

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Nottingham Forest
7 - 0
Loughborough Foxes

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Match preview: Nottingham Forest vs Loughborough Foxes

9 October 2020

Josh Dixon

Nottingham Forest are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Loughborough Foxes to Eastwood Community Football Club.

After their opening day draw, The Reds have gone on to win their last three league games and have all sights on making it four consecutive victories this weekend. 

Forest most recently picked up a 3-2 win away to Stoke City last Sunday afternoon as they came from behind to secure all three points. Rosie Axten netted her third goal of the season as she drew The Reds level mid-way through the first-half after they went behind through an early goal. Bex Rayner then bagged herself a brace to see Forest go 3-1 ahead with minutes to go. The Potters added a late consolation goal, deep into stoppage time but Forest did enough to see out the win. 

10 places currently separate Forest and The Foxes as Loughborough currently sit bottom of the league standings after a difficult start to the new campaign. The side have picked up two draws and suffered two losses this season, so far and they most recently fell to a 3-1 loss away to Sheffield FC last weekend. Ella Ritchie netted The Foxes’ only goal of the game but it wasn’t enough for the side as Sheffield FC found the back of the net three times to secure their first win of the campaign.

Lauren Nicholls has found the back of the net the most for Loughborough this season as she has bagged herself two goals in four games. She netted twice in the side’s first game of the season away to Derby County as they picked up a point to start this season’s proceedings. Nicholls has also proven to be a key player for the team as she has also picked up three ‘opposition player of the match’ awards in only four games. 

The Reds will be hoping to add more goals to their already impressive season tally this Sunday as they currently sit second in the league table due to goals scored. Forest are tied with Fylde at the top of the standings on points and goal difference but The Coasters has bettered Forest’s 11 goals with 12 to see them sit at the summit. Eight different Trickies have found the back of the net for Forest this season, so far with goals coming from across the whole of the field and the side will be looking to continue that form this weekend.

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Match Reports

Nottingham Forest 7-0 Loughborough Foxes

12 October 2020

Nottingham Forest ran riot on Sunday afternoon as they romped to a 7-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes at Eastwood Community Football Club to go three points clear at the top of the league table.

A brace apiece from Rosie Axten and Georgia Hewitt added to goals from Hayley James, Charlotte Greengrass and Katie Middleton as The Reds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a commanding victory. 

Andy Cook made one change to the side that won 3-2 at Stoke City as he handed Rachel Brown her first start in place of Sophie Tudor who dropped to the bench.

It took Forest 90 seconds to get up and running as Axten bagged her first goal of the afternoon. The in-form striker capitalised on a mistake at the back and was on hand to knock the ball over the line from close range after The Foxes failed to clear the danger. 

The Reds should have made it 2-0 after several consecutive shots went flying towards goal. Hewitt’s initial effort came bouncing back off the crossbar and the ball fell at Axten’s feet but her shot was blocked. It was then Brown’s turn to pounce on the ball and strike it goal wards but efforts from the midfielder all somehow evaded the target and the ball was eventually cleared away. 

James doubled Forest’s lead on the 22nd minute with a terrific shot. Lyndsey Harkin picked out James just outside the area with a pinpoint pass, who then carried the ball along the edge of the box before finding some space to shoot and she rocketed a powerful shot past the helpless ‘keeper. 

Harkin lined-up to take a shot for The Reds on the 29th minute after she picked up a cross from Mai Moncaster inside the box but her first-time hit agonisingly came bouncing back off the woodwork.

But Forest made no mistake during there next chance in front of goal as Greengrass netted her first goal as a Red on the 33rd minute. The towering defender rose the highest inside the box to meet a corner-kick from Bex Rayner and she found the bottom right-hand corner of goal with a headed effort. 

Georgia Hewitt rounded off the first-half scoring six minutes later as she got her first of the game in spectacular fashion. James whipped a high cross deep into the box and the ball bounced once before Hewitt fired a first-time volleyed shot past the ‘keeper from a tight angle at the back post. 

The Reds came out for the second-half on the hunt for more goals and came close through both Rayner and Moncaster on the 50th minute. Moncaster fed a great pass through to Rayner just inside the box, Rayner’s shot was well saved by the ‘keeper and Moncaster saw her re-bound effort blocked and cleared away.

Lucy Johnson and Brown linked up on the 64th minute after the latter met Johnson’s dinked cross in the box. Brown diverted the ball towards the goal and it looked to be finding the back of the net but a great block on the line denied the midfielder. 

Axten bagged her fifth goal in four games on the 69th minute as The Reds hit cruise control. Johnson’s superb cross found Axten at the back post and the striker coolly nodded the ball past the ‘keeper. 

Middleton came off the bench to score her first league goal in 18 months as she made it 6-0 on the 75th minute. Harkin lifted a pass through to Middleton in the away side’s final third who then found some space before thundering a brilliant shot from 25+ yards out over the ‘keeper’s head. 

Hewitt netted the final goal of the game five minutes later as she rounded off a great day’s work for Forest. Axten curled a cross into the six-yard box and as it looked like Hewitt was in-front of the ball and was going to miss her opportunity the defender impressively flicked up her back heel to send it past the ‘keeper. 

Forest: Aguirre, Greengrass, Harkin (c), Johnson, Hewitt, James (Middleton 62’), Naylor, Moncaster (Reynolds 53’), Brown, Rayner (Scholefield 74’), Axten 

Subs not used: Tudor, McKechnie 

Goals: Axten 2’, 69’, James 22’, Greengrass 33’, Hewitt 39’, 80’, Middleton 75’ 

Loughborough: Mayfield, Taft (Knight 67’), Sharpe, Webb, Matlock, Steele, Young (c), Lowe (Miller 78’), Walters, Nichols (Cooper 55’), McGrother 

Sub not used: Ritchie 

Booking: McGrother

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