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Match preview: Forest vs Blackburn

4 April 2019

Nottingham Forest Ladies welcome newly-crowned FA WNL North champions Blackburn Rovers Ladies on Sunday afternoon as the side look to etch some points on the league table against tough opposition.

The Reds come into the fixture off the back of a 3-1 loss away to Middlesbrough last weekend. Grace Walters had put Forest ahead on the 15th minute as she turned a corner kick from Helena Constantinou past the 'keeper. But the North-East side proved to be the better team over the course of the 90 minutes and sealed all three points with great strikes in the second half.

Rovers lifted their third successive FA WNL North title on Sunday as they defeated Derby County 3-0. It was another deserved league title for the side who have won 18 of their 19 league games so far this season and have netted a whopping 88 goals during the campaign. Saffron Jordan had put her side ahead inside the opening 10 minutes and Sophie Charlton and Jess Holbrook sealed the win in the second half with a strike each.

The side carry a great attacking threat but the two forwards to keep a close eye on come Sunday are Jordan and Natasha Flint. The pair currently sit top of the league's goal scoring charts with 36 and 33 goals respectively across all competitions. The Reds are already familiar with the two forwards with them both scoring in the reverse fixture last November. Jordan netted a second half brace whilst Flint also added to the second-half scoring to secure the win for Rovers.

Rovers were also boosted by the return of 'keeper, Danielle Gibbons on Sunday as she made her return from injury. This will also prove to be another tough task for The Reds to overcome in front of goal as the shot stopper has a wealth of high-level experience, spending six years in the top flight with Liverpool.

But The Reds also carry their own threat in front of goal in the form of Katie Middleton and Ashleigh Edwards. Both 17-year-old forwards currently sit as the side's joint leading goalscorers across all competitions with nine goals apiece and both have begun their hunt to hit double figures.

Constantinou will also be looking to punish Blackburn with her lethal corner kicks. In the previous two Forest games, both of the side's two goals have come from her set pieces. Two weeks ago against Derby County, Constantinou put her side ahead as her corner kick flew through the 'keeper's hand and landed firmly in the back of the net. Then only last week another set piece from her was converted by Walters.

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