Nottingham Forest are looking to make it back-to-back league wins and venture further up the table on Sunday afternoon as they entertain Guiseley Vixens.
The in-form Reds come into the fixture off the back of two straight wins as they have seen recent success in both the league and County Cup.
Forest overcame Fylde in their last league game with a well-deserved 1-0 win through a Sammy Conroy wonder-strike before they convincingly brushed aside Clifton All Whites in the County Cup last Sunday with a dominating 14-0 victory. The game featured six different goalscorers with Sarah Brown netting four of them.
The reverse fixture in September saw The Vixens run out 2-0 winners as the Yorkshire outfit scored a goal in each half to ensure the three points stayed with them and left Forest rueing their early missed chances in the game.
Despite that defeat, The Reds will be going into this weekend's encounter in high spirits and will be well prepared to take all three points as they have been bolstered by the return of several key players.
Goalkeeper Rebecca Thomas missed the previous game against The Vixens through suspension but she may play a part on Sunday if she is manager Graham Abercrombie's preferred number one.
The Reds' defence has also seen the return of centre-back Sianna Bennett, who made her season debut last Sunday in the County Cup after battling her way back from injury.
Forest’s two new signings may also have a big part to play in strengthening the midfield and helping formulate the much-needed goals. Shannon Weston and Izzy Sullivan also made their first appearances last Sunday after joining recently and may quickly get thrust into league action.
The previous fixture between the sides saw The Reds fail to put the ball in the back of the net but they may have found the solution. Ashleigh Edwards joined Forest four weeks after the loss to Guiseley and has played a major role for The Reds in front of goal since she joined. The forward has netted six goals in all competitions so far this campaign, two of which came only last Sunday as she came off the bench to etch her name on to the scoresheet.
The Reds will be prepared to keep a close eye on Vixens forward Ellie Casper on Sunday as she has fired herself into red-hot form. Casper has successfully found the back of the net 10 times in her previous six appearances across all competitions and will be wanting to continue the streak. Striker Olivia Auker, who scored when the sides last met, has also racked up six goals in her last five appearances but The Reds will be aiming to shut her out this weekend.
Abercrombie is looking forward to an entertaining encounter this weekend and said: “We’ll be going out all guns blazing, we want to win this game of football. We’re at that tipping point now, where our good performances are starting to see us win.”
Last Sunday’s landslide win saw Abercrombie rotate his squad heavily with fresh faces coming into the fold as season regulars were given a rest day but he ensured that the familiar faces will return this weekend.