Nottingham Forest’s star forward, Katie Middleton, became the first player in her side to hit double figures this season as she netted her 10th goal last Sunday.
The goal put her side ahead against league champions, Blackburn Rovers, last weekend and it was an effort to remember as she thundered her shot from outside the box. She has since expressed her delight at hitting the landmark: “I’m really chuffed about hitting double figures this season!
“And to do it against the league winners felt even better!”
This is the 17 year olds first season playing in the Forest senior side after moving up in the summer from the Red’s RTC pathway and she has impressed many by cementing her starting spot in the side. Middleton explained: “At the start of the season I personally didn’t see myself bagging this many goals as it was my first season as a senior in the first team, but I’m so happy to have scored this many.”
The star forward opened her account for this season back in September in spectacular fashion in the League Cup, as she got off the mark with a hat trick. The Reds made the trip across to Wales to face The New Saints and Middleton showcased her talent as she secured her side’s place in the next round with 3-0 win.
Stoke has also become a popular opponent for Middleton has she has netted in both the home and away fixture in the league. A 75th minute goal against the Potters, at home helped see the Reds romp to a 3-1 win back in October. Middleton then helped Forest secure a valuable point on the road last month against the same opposition as she pounced on a mistake by the ‘keeper to add to her growing goal tally.
Middleton’s family have had a front row seat in watching her football career blossom over the recent seasons and she explained: “They are all so proud of me, and their support means everything.
“My grandad would have been particularly so proud as he used to come and watch me at every training session and games when I was growing up.
“So, he would be over the moon to see me playing in the Forest Ladies first team.”
Away from the playing field Middleton has also become a recognisable figure amongst the Forest faithful and has proven to be a big character in the changing room. She also explained that her favourite part of the being in the side away from the pitch is her many teammates around her.
She said: “They’ve honestly become my best friends on and off the pitch!
“But the best part is the banter, they all make me laugh endlessly.”
At only 17 years of age, Middleton is one of the more inexperienced members of the Forest squad but she is fortunate to be surrounded by different figure heads that have been playing in the game longer than she has. “They are such a big influence too me,” Middleton expressed, “I look up to them so much and they’re always giving me advice on and off the pitch too.”
With only three games left until the season bows out Middleton looked ahead to the future and donning the Garibaldi red for many more years to come: “I can see this side going far, and our previous performances have reflected that!
“We have a good mixture of young and experienced players in the team too which is working really well.”