Nottingham Forest suffered their first league loss since November on Sunday afternoon as Guiseley came from behind to win 3-1.
Sarah Brown recorded her first league start for the club and Summer Holmes also racked up her first minutes of the season after returning from injury but unfortunately neither could mark the game with a win.
The Reds took the lead through an unlikely source, goal keeper Rebecca Thomas, as she netted a penalty but the Vixens proved to be too good for Forest as two goals from Alarna Fuller and a third fromMonika Estere Stube gifted the Yorkshire side all three points.
Forest started the game the better of the two sides and went close to going ahead after only five minutes. Katie Middleton was brought down from behind deep inside the Guiseley half and Grace Walters stepped up to take the free kick. Walters floated a great set piece into the away side’s box, Sianna Bennett rose the highest to meet the ball but she could only steer her header wide.
Middleton came close for the Reds five minutes later after she picked up the ball, slipped past her marker and dashed into the box. But her shot flew just high of the goal.
Forest were awarded a penalty on the 14th minute after Sarah Brown was brought down and after the side failing to score their last three penalties in their last three games an unlikely source was called upon this week. ‘Keeper Thomas was given the nod by the Forest manager and she made no mistake as she smashed her shot into the roof of the net to give the Reds the lead.
After putting the Reds ahead down one end of the field Thomas was called into action minutes later as Guiseley began to push for a leveller. Stube hit a shot for the Vixens from the edge of the box but Thomas palmed her effort around her goal post.
The Reds lead was short lived as the Vixens drew level on the 22nd minute. Beth Stanfield bounced a teasing cross into the Forest box which the backline failed to deal with and Fuller was left with time to flick up the ball and knock her shot past Thomas from five yards out.
Forest should’ve stole back their lead six minutes later in dramatic fashion. The Guiseley ‘keeper had ventured out of her 18-yard box and was taking her time with the ball, Sarah Brown took advantage to chase down the ball and body blocked the kick but agonisingly the ball bounced just marginally wide of the goal.
The Vixens centre backs remained strong in the backline as they teamed up to deny the Reds. Ashleigh Edwards tried to force her way past Fuller in the area to get her shot away but she was stopped and Middleton picked up the stray ball and tried to knock it past Jodie Hunter but she was also stopped in her tracks.
Guiseley took the lead as Fuller put her side ahead for the first time of the afternoon on the 44th minute. Stanfield paired up with the Guiseley captain again as she hit another great cross into the box where a waiting Fuller steered her header past Thomas.
The Vixens came out strong in the second half and began searching to extend their lead. Stanfield lost Walters in the Forest final third and charged into the Reds’ box but fortunately Thomas was on hand to push her strong effort around her near goal post.
Thomas continued to impress in-between the sticks for the Reds and pulled of an impressive save minutes later. Lauren Griffiths rifled a shot from outside the area that was set to be sneaking underneath the cross bar but Thomas at full stretch diverted the shot over the goal with her fingertips.
The Vixens sealed all three points just before the hour mark through a terrific goal. Griffiths did superbly well to chase down a through ball and to beat Walters to whip a great cross into the Forest box where Stube controlled the ball perfectly and rocketed a half volley past Thomas.
Thomas denied the away side a fourth 15 minutes from time as she got down to push a low effort from Griffiths around her right-hand goal post.
The Reds nearly clawed a goal back on the 86th minute after Walters pulled out one of her impressive long throw-ins. Sammy Conroy was waiting inside the box and flicked on her header towards goal but the ‘keeper made the routine save and denied the Reds a late comeback.
Forest: Thomas, Wilson, Bennett, Walters, Darby ( c ), Constantinou (Holmes 36’), Conroy, Sullivan (Dicken 62’), Hickingbotham (Edwards 36’), Brown, Middleton
Subs not used: Hallam, Hewitt
Goal: Thomas 14’
Guiseley: Davies, Stanfield, Ash (Gough 84’), Gill, Fuller, Hunter, Walton, Casper, Griffiths, Hunt, Stube (Aucker 90’)
Goals: Fuller 22’, 44', Stube 59’
Bookings: Fuller, Griffiths