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Match preview: Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United

5 December 2019

After a month away, Nottingham Forest return home to Eastwood CFC on Sunday afternoon as they entertain Leeds United in the second round of the FA Women’s National League Plate.

Sunday's clash will be The Reds' third cup game in as many weeks after they cruised past Notts County' development side in the Nottinghamshire County Cup and then most recently booked their place in the third round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory at Derby County last weekend.

Sunday’s East Midlands derby win saw Forest collect their seventh consecutive victory as they started the festive period with a hard-fought victory. Liv Cook opened the scoring after only six minutes as she turned in Bex Rayner’s corner at the near post before Lyndsey Harkin doubled the lead with a goal of the season contender as she carried the ball from her own half before unleashing a 25-yard rocket that soared over the goalkeeper’s head.

The Rams drew level with efforts either side of half-time but Forest's leading goalscorer Precious Hamilton booked her side's place in the next round with a well-placed shot four minutes from time.

Leeds United currently ply their trade in a league below Forest in Division 1 North. The Whites sit in second place in the league standings, three points behind leaders Barnsley and have only lost four games across all competitions so far this season.

The Yorkshire side haven’t taken to the field in over two weeks as their most recent outing ended in a 4-2 victory over Durham Cestria. Rebecca Hunt's brace came either side of half-time and efforts from Birdie Hannon and Millie Kenyon secured the league win for Leeds.

Hunt sits top of the side’s goalscoring charts with 12 in 13 appearances across all competitions and is ranked fourth across the whole league. The forward scored four times during November and will be searching to add to her tally at the weekend.

Forest's Bolu Fisher is someone the Leeds defence will be keeping a close eye on at the weekend after she put in impressive performances in her last four appearances. The winger picked up the Player of the Game award against Derby after she caused mayhem for The Rams in the final third and was unfortunate not to walk away with a goal for her efforts.


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