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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest

28 March 2019

Nottingham Forest make the long trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon as The Reds look to build on their recent impressive performances and earn all three points.

Alena Moulton's side come into the fixture of the back of two solid 1-1 draws that could have been worthy of three points in each. In both games, against Stoke City and Derby County, Forest carved the opening goal but late strikes from the opposition in the final moments meant The Reds only collected a point in each.

Most recently, The Reds took on East Midlands rivals Derby County in front of a record-breaking crowd. A whopping 1,252 Forest fans came out in force to support the team as they earned a hard-fought point against The Ewe Rams, who were sat in third place in the FA WNL North. Helena Constantinou put Forest ahead in the 11th minute as her brilliant corner was fumbled by the ‘keeper and landed safely in the back of the net but the three points weren’t meant to be for Forest as Derby drew level with a curling effort in the final minute.

Middlesbrough currently sit third in the FA WNL North table and have won all four of their previous fixtures. One of their most recent wins came against Forest nearly a month ago where Boro ran out 2-1 winners but it was a frustrating result for The Reds as they deserved at least a point from a game they were leading at half-time.

The Reds will once again be wary of Boro’s attacking threat come Sunday as the side have found the back of the net an impressive 65 times across all competitions so far, this season. Tyler Dodds, will be one for the Reds defence to keep a close eye with the forward netting 11 times across all completions this season.

Sunday’s fixture may see Precious Hamilton make her starting season debut for the Reds after she made an impressive performance coming off the bench last Sunday. Hamilton only joined the Reds last week and showed the fans what she is capable of as she got 40 minutes under her belt. The forward proved to be a constant threat for the Reds as she caused havoc for the Rams defence. 

The Forest backline will also look to build on their recent and solid performances and try an earn a well-deserved clean sheet. The defence have consisted of Frankie Wilson, Lyndsey Harkin, Grace Walters and Georgia Hewitt in the most two recent fixtures and have all produced stellar performances.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture, manager Alena Moulton said: “We’ve got belief in this team now. We’ve got belief that if we stick together and work hard that there is a way and the more we train and the more me and the staff keep reinforcing messages the belief will continue to grow and that will get the performance and result we truly deserve.”

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