Nottingham Forest travel to Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon as they face the Yorkshire side in their penultimate game of the 2018-19 FA WNL North league season.
The Reds come into the fixture not having played a competitive game in two weeks and whereas the Terriers last match came only last Tuesday evening.
Both sides faced newly crowned league champions, Blackburn Rovers, in their last 90 minutes but neither side managed to spoil the title party as both walked away with no points to show for their efforts. But it was Forest who enjoyed the most successful match out of the two as they become only the second side this season to be ahead against Rovers at half time.
Katie Middleton had put the Reds ahead on the 23rd minute with a thundering effort from outside the area to bag her 10th goal of the season and move her up as the sides top goal scorer of the season. Precious Hamilton then doubled the side’s lead three minutes later as she netted her first goal for the club from close range. But Rovers’ league class shone through in the second half as they hit back with five second half goals to secure the win.
Huddersfield were also then on the receiving end of Rovers’ league dominance as they suffered a 4-0 loss last Tuesday. A brace each from Saffron Jordan and Natasha Flint ensure Town came into Sunday’s game off the back of a loss.
Town currently sit five places above the Reds in the league standings, in fifth place after winning 12 of their 21 league games and the Terriers strike force includes two players that the Reds back four will be wary off at the weekend. Brittany Sanderson and Kate Mallin currently sit as the team’s top goal scorers with 23 and 21 goals respectively. Both players scored in the reverse fixture of the tie back in November as Huddersfield ran out as 2-1 winners despite Ashleigh Edwards putting the Reds ahead after only eight minutes. Both Sanderson and Mallin netted again against the Reds a month later as the Terriers knocked the Reds out of the FA WNL Cup with a 4-1 win. Lucy Sowerby’s opener was cancelled out by Middleton to tie the scoring up at 1-1 at the break but the home side came out fighting in the second half and added three more goals to book their place in the next round.
But the Reds also come into the game with an attacking force for the opposition to be wary of as well as Middleton is looking to extend her lead at the top of the team’s top goal scoring charts. After getting off the mark in Forest’s last league run in, Hamilton will also be looking to find the back of the net again in Garibaldi Red.
Looking ahead to the fixture Forest manager, Alena Moulton said: “As always we will have a game plan that we will practice in training. The players will know what to go with and we will give it our very best shot to pick up the three points.”