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18 October 2020 Venue Shelley CFC (Stafflex Arena) Attendance

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Huddersfield Town
2 - 1
Nottingham Forest

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Match preview: Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest

16 October 2020

Nottingham Forest take to the road on Sunday afternoon as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season to six games away to Huddersfield Town.

The Reds come into the fixture in fine form as they currently sit top of the FA Women’s National League North having picked up 13 points out of a possible 15. The side most recently cruised to a staggering 7-0 victory at home to Loughborough Foxes as they picked up their fourth consecutive win. A brace apiece from Rosie Axten and Georgia Hewitt helped Forest on their way to victory as Hayley James, Charlotte Greengrass and Katie Middleton add the other three goals. 

Huddersfield only sit two places behind The Reds in the league standings as they have recorded three wins, one draw and suffered one loss. Their most recent outing saw them pick up a 4-2 victory away to Middlesbrough last Sunday. Goals from Brittany Sanderson, Sarah Danby and a brace from Kate Mallin were enough for The Terriers to head back home with all three points.

The Yorkshire side have found the back of the net 13 times in five games this season with Laura Elford, Mallin and Sanderson all sitting top of the team’s scoring chart with three goals each. The Forest defence will be focusing on keeping their front-line quiet on Sunday afternoon and end the side’s record of scoring in every game they’ve played this season. 

No side have scored more goals than Forest this season as The Reds have impressively netted 18 goals in five games. 10 different Trickies have contributed to the team’s goals this season and Forest will be looking to add more to their growing tally on Sunday. Mai Moncaster, Sydnie Naylor and Sophie Tudor have all played key parts in the team’s successful start to the season and will be searching to finally get their first league goal as a Red this weekend.

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Match Reports

Huddersfield Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest

19 October 2020

Nottingham Forest suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon as they fell to a 2-1 loss away to Huddersfield Town.

Beth Stanfield’s 13th minute opening goal for the hosts was cancelled out by Charlotte Greengrass on the 43rd minute as she drew The Reds level. Greengrass then had the ball in the back of the net only two minutes later for Forest but the off-side flag was harshly raised and the game was tied up at the break. But The Reds were left to rue missed chances as Kate Mallin secured the win for The Terriers on the 84th minute with an unstoppable strike. 

Andy Cook made one change his side that cruised to a 7-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes the previous week as Sophie Tudor came in to replace Sydnie Naylor in the starting 11. It was a landmark day for Forest full-back Georgia Hewitt as she made her 50th appearance across all competitions for the side. 

Rachel Brown had the first chance for Forest in-front of goal as she controlled a cross from Hewitt on the edge of the box on the 10th minute. Brown then swung a shot towards goal but her effort was safely caught by the ‘keeper. 

Huddersfield took the lead three minutes later as Forest failed to cleanly clear their lines. A low-driven cross was drilled through the box from The Terriers but Brown’s first-time clearance landed at the feet of Stanfield who smashed a volleyed effort into the bottom left-hand corner. 

The game then settled for the next 20 minutes of play as both teams attempted to get a foothold of the ball and push towards grabbing the second goal of the match. 

The next real opportunity for Forest fell on the 33rd minute of action as Hayley James met a floated through ball from Greengrass on the edge of the box but her headed effort was easily bundled up by the ‘keeper. 

Hewitt whipped a cross into the home side’s penalty area on the 41st minute searching for James but she wasn’t able to gain control of the ball to divert it goal-wards. But the ball fortunately fell to Rayner but her shot was well-blocked and cleared away. 

The Reds got the equaliser they had been searching for on the 43rd minute as Greengrass bagged her second headed goal in as many games. The towering defender met Rayner’s free-kick at the back post and guided her effort past the ‘keeper to make it 1-1. 

Forest thought they had took the lead on the stroke of half-time after Greengrass had the ball in the back of the net, again. Rayner floated another great free-kick into the box and this time the ball fell to Brown but her shot was blocked by the ‘keeper. But Greengrass was on hand to poke the ball home from close-range but as The Reds wheeled away in celebration the off-side flag was raised to deny Forest the lead. 

Forest had four opportunities to grab their second goal of the game in the space of five minutes early on in the second-half. The first saw Rosie Axten’s shot blocked on the edge of the box before it could test the ‘keeper and the second, a long-ranged effort from Mai Moncaster rolled wide of the target. Rayner and James then both lined-up to try their luck in-font of goal but both of their shots both ended up on the wrong side of the goal-posts. 

As The Reds continued to see their efforts fly wide of the target, Mallin dampened the side’s spirits of coming away with any points from the game as she re-installed Huddersfield’s lead on the 84th minute. Similar to The Terriers’ first goal, Forest were punished at the back as they failed to successfully clear their lines. A pass was hit over the heads of the Forest defence and Sarah Danby was allowed to freely chase it down before swinging a cross into the box where Forest failed to clear the ball and Mallin was allowed the space to smash a powerful effort into the top right-hand corner of the goal. 

Despite tasting their first defeat of the season, The Reds still remain top of the league standings as they head into this Sunday’s game against Hull City at Eastwood Community Football Club. 

Forest: Aguirre, Greengrass (Middleton 79’), Harkin ©, Johnson, Hewitt (Naylor 68’), James, Tudor (McKechnie 68’), Moncaster, Brown, Rayner, Axten 

Subs not used: Walters & Dexter 

Goal: Greengrass 43’ 

Huddersfield: Davies, Stanfield, Mallin, Abbott, Griffiths, Nutter (Harris 90’), Evans (Ibbotson 60’), Danby, Elford, Sowerby (Sanderson 80’), Marshall 

Subs not used: Carter & Fletcher 

Goals: Stanfield 13’ & Mallin 84th

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