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Recap of the 2018-19 season

22 May 2019

Nottingham Forest Ladies ended their FA WNL North 2018/19 campaign with a point total of 25, their highest in three seasons, replicating last season’s league finish in ninth place. Katie Middleton ended as the sides top goal scorer with 10 goals across all competitions and with memorable wins against Stoke, Fylde and Hull we take a look back at the season.

The Reds started the campaign in fine form as they went three games unbeaten without conceding a goal in their opening three games. They picked up three points on the opening game of the season as the side cruised to a 3-0 win against Bradford City at home. Forest then picked up a hard-fought point on the road as their match up against Fylde ended goalless. The Reds were then called into cup action as they made the journey across to Wales to take on TNS in the FA WNL Cup. Katie Middleton bagged a hat trick to secure her side’s place in the next round with a 3-0 win. 

Forest then suffered a tough run of games as they failed to pick up any points in their next four fixtures. But the side bounced back in style as they recorded back to back 3-1 wins. The side got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win away to Doncaster Rovers Belles, which saw Sophia Bonser open the scoring after only 47 seconds. The Reds second 3-1 win came only four days later as the side impressively picked up all three points at home to Stoke City. A third successive win came 10 days later as the Reds advanced through to the next round of the FA WNL Cup with a 2-0 win over Chorley. 

A difficult end of the season saw the side struggle to pick up any points in the league as they faced three of the league’s top four teams. But the Reds saw success in two different cup competitions. The side welcomed Notts County in the Nottinghamshire County Cup which saw the Reds romp to a 5-0 win. Then a memorable night under the floodlights saw the side progress to the third round of the FA cup with a 3-2 win over Sheffield away from home. Ashleigh Edwards bagged the side’s all three goals as the Reds fought back from behind twice to grab the win. But Forest bowed out of the FA WNL Cup with their last fixture of 2018 as they were comfortably beaten by a strong Huddersfield Town side away from home. 

The Reds were then knocked out of the FA Cup at the beginning of the year at the hands of MK Dons. But the side bounced back from the tough loss in style as they went on a five-game unbeaten streak. A 1-0 win at home against Fylde kick-started the impressive run of results for the side in the beginning of 2019. The Reds then cemented their place in the County Cup semi-finals as they brushed aside Clifton All Whites with ease in a 14-0 win. Sarah Brown netted four of the Reds goals in her first senior appearance for the club and five other Forest players netted a brace each. The side were then forced to settle for a point at home to Donny Belles as the Yorkshire side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw. The Reds then picked up six points  in the space of four days. Ashleigh Edwards netted twice as Forest defeated Bradford City 2-0. Then Edwards netted again for the side as she ultimately got the winner against Sheffield to secure a 2-1 win where Aimee Hickingbotham also got her first goal in Garibaldi Red. 

After then facing three strong sides in Guiseley, Middlesbrough and Sunderland the Reds failed to chalk any points on board until they met Stoke City mid-way through March. The game ended in a well-fought 1-1 draw which was replicated by the side in their next game in the East Midland’s Derby. Helena Constantinou scored from a corner kick for the Reds as the side picked up a well-deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Derby County. 

Another three tough games for the Reds saw them suffer three consecutive defeats at the hands of Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town. But the side ensured they ended the season in winning ways as they lifted the County Cup at the end of April for a fourth consecutive season. Helena Constantinou’s second half strike was enough to see the Reds through to the win with a 1-0 victory over Ollerton Town. 

The Reds pulled the curtain down on their 2018/19 FA WNL season with a brilliant 5-3 win away to Hull City. Precious Hamilton bagged a brace and Aimee Hickingbotham, Grace Walters and Helena Constantinou also sketched their name on the scoresheet to round off a great performance and end to the 2018/19 season.

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