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Reds return boosts Bonser

27 March 2019

Sophia Bonser returned from injury on Sunday afternoon as she made her first appearance for Nottingham Forest since January.

The Reds were massively bolstered by the return of the tricky forward who, through injury, has only picked up a few appearances for the side since October 2018.

Bonser was introduced as a substitute on Sunday as she made her return against her former club Derby County and she expressed her delight of getting some minutes under her belt.

Speaking after the game she said: "It felt brilliant to be back, the atmosphere in training has been really positive and it's a pleasure to be back playing with the girls again.

"To be involved in the matchday squad was a really good feeling and to get some minutes in was amazing. The girls played well and it was just a shame to not pick up all three points."

The 19-year-old became an instrumental figure in Forest's attack in the first half of the season, during which time she made six appearances and found the back of the net twice.

Bonser's first goal of the season was a memorable one as she rocketed in an impressive 30-yard strike to draw her side level against Sheffield FC in September. She netted again two weeks later as she put her side ahead after only 47 seconds against Doncaster Belles, a game in which The Reds went on to win 3-1.

Since October, Bonser has only managed to feature in four games for The Reds and the forward admitted it has been a frustrating period on the sidelines.

"It's always frustrating being injured and being unable to contribute towards the team but being back and feeling fit I hope that I can make a positive impact in the last few games that remain."

Despite being sidelined through injury, Bonser still made regular appearances at matches supporting her teammates, and she believes the results Forest have achieved in the second half of the campaign have not reflected their displays.

"The girls have been unlucky and some results have not reflected their performances, however they have been working hard in training and I'm sure some of the new players that have been added to the squad will help to bring in the wins.

"There are some tough teams to play yet, but anything can happen in this league and I'm sure that we can kick on from the Derby game and get some wins in before the season comes to a close."

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