Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-0 at Guiseley on Sunday afternoon as The Reds were made to rue their early missed chances.
Forest started the game brightly and Sophia Bonser came close to giving her side the early advantage after only two minutes but her shot from 25 yards was just over the crossbar.
The Reds came close again only five minutes later as Frankie Wilson worked well down the right. Wilson had hustled the Guiseley defender off the ball and whipped in a low ball across the home side’s penalty area but Georgia Hewitt struggled to connect with shot properly and it bounced wide.
Graham Abercrombie's side continued to pile the early pressure on Guiseley and their next opportunity to go a goal ahead came through Helena Constantinou as she hit another long-range effort but it was a comfortable save for Bethan Davies in goal.
Hewitt was involved in The Reds' next attack as she linked up with Amy Dicken. Dicken slipped a well-timed ball past several blue shirts into Hewitt's path inside the Guiseley box. Hewitt held off her marker and knocked the ball through to Katie Middleton whose shot from ten yards out was palmed away by Davies.
Despite Forest enjoying most of the early possession Guiseley were the ones to open the scoring in the 26th minute. It was a brilliant goal from the home side as Olivia Auker curled a shot into the top right-hand corner from 22 yards out.
Wilson had another chance for Forest in the 33rd minute after she stole the ball back from the home side’s defence. She hit her shot from the corner of the 18-yard box but Davies made another save to preserve the lead.
Guiseley had two free-kicks in quick succession on the stroke of half-time as they looked to extend their lead. Beth Stanfield stepped up and hit the first one for the Vixens but the red wall stood firmed and blocked her goal-bound shot before Forest captain Kelly Darby was on hand to clear away Sophie Walton’s dangerous set-piece moments later.
The Reds were awarded a free-kick 10 minutes into the second half after Constantinou was pushed in her back and Bonser was close to netting the equaliser. Bonser drilled her free-kick along the ground and beyond the Guiseley wall and the ball was curling into the bottom left-hand corner until Davies got down to bundle it up to safety.
Guiseley sealed all three points in the 79th minute as they scored their second goal of the game. Ellie Olds had whipped a cross deep inside the Forest box and as there was a mix-up in communication between Dicken and Hallam, Eleanor Hall leapt on the loose ball and knocked it over the line.
Forest: Hallam, Dicken, Harkin, Darby (c), Walters, Griffin, Constantinou, Bonser, Wilson (Griffiths 35’), Hewitt (Adam 35’), Middleton (Sanderson 74’)
Unused subs: Davies, Lee
Guiseley: Davies, Stanfield, Hunter, Gill (Bennett 85’), Fuller, Griffiths (Hunt 63’), Walton, Auker (Durkin 81’), Olds, Ciesielski, Hall
Unused subs: Darkoah
Goals: Auker (26’), Hall (79’)