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Bradford City 0-2 Nottingham Forest

11 February 2019

A brace from Ashleigh Edwards helped Nottingham Forest make it four games unbeaten with a 2-0 win at Bradford City.

A penalty miss from Edwards didn’t knock the young forward's confidence as two second-half goals earned her side a well-deserved three points.

The Reds started brightly and had a golden opportunity inside the first minute. Edwards knocked a short cross into the Bradford box and into the feet of Aimee Hickingbotham but her shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Edwards did well moments later as she fended off several Bradford defenders and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area but the wind wasn’t on her side as her shot flew over the target.

Forest kept the home side quiet inside the opening 20 minutes but were tested by a dangerous cross that came flying into The Reds' penalty area. Jen Clark managed to flick the ball goalwards but Rebecca Thomas was alert and got down to make the save.

Thomas was called into action again minutes later as Zoe Roberts struck a great free-kick. The shot looked like it would nestle itself in the top right-hand corner of the goal but Thomas read it well and palmed the effort around her right-hand post.

The Reds had one final first-half chance as Lyndsey Harkin found an opening inside the Bradford half and rifled a brilliant strike from over 25 yards out. Her shot was floating towards the back of net before the ‘keeper pushed the ball around the post.

After the break, Katie Middleton was hacked down inside the Bradford half and Sianna Bennett stepped up to take the free-kick. Bennett took the set-piece quickly and curved her shot towards goal but the ‘keeper got down again to deny The Reds.

Forest finally got the goal they had been searching for in the 64th minute as Edwards grabbed her first of the afternoon. There was a mix-up between the Bradford back-line and the goalkeeper and the ball fell fortunately to Edwards who looped her first-time shot over the 'keeper to put The Reds in front.

The Reds should have doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as they were awarded a penalty after Hickingbotham was brought down just inside the area. Edwards stepped up to take the spot-kick but the goalkeeper did brilliantly to dive the right way and push Edwards's effort out to safety.

That miss proved irrelevant three minutes later as Edwards secured all three points for The Reds. The forward beat her defensive marker, broke into the Bradford box and slotted a neat shot underneath the ‘keeper to make it 2-0.

Manager Graham Abercrombie said after the game: “I'm really pleased for the team. They got what they deserved today after a patient and professional performance.”

Forest: Thomas, Wilson, Harkin, Bennett, Darby (c), Griffin, Constantinou, Hickingbotham, Sullivan, Edwards, Middleton

Subs not used: Hallam, Hewitt, Greaves, Conroy, Emery

Goals: Edwards 64', 76'

Bradford: Routledge, Roberts, Clark (Sumaili 32’), Sales (Durrant 77’), Parrish, Walker, Gill (Donnan 77’), Moulden, Jakeman, Norde, Edwards 

Subs not used: Dunlop, Ramseur 

Bookings: Jakeman 32’, Roberts 62’

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