Ashleigh Edwards is amongst one of the young superstars at Nottingham Forest and has enjoyed a successful debut season in senior football.
The Nottingham native was amongst the squad that lifted the Nottinghamshire County Cup last Friday and she expressed her joy at winning her first piece of silverware with the side. She said: "It feels great winning the County Cup, especially as I'm from Nottingham. It's always nice winning it in my home county."
Edwards joined the Reds three months into the 2018/19 FA WNL North campaign after making the switch from Doncaster Rovers Belles and has enjoyed an impressive season to remember.
The 17-year-old currently sits as the side's second top goal scorer with nine goals in 17 appearances', across all competitions and the forward is pleasantly surprised with how her season has panned out. "I definitely didn't see it going so well this season, I think a lot of that is to do with my team and coaches and supporting me on and off the pitch," she also added: "I am very happy with how it's gone this season."
It only took Edwards two games to settle into the Forest side as she recorded her first goal in Garibaldi Red on only her second appearance. Edwards showed what she was capable of with a terrific strike from outside the area against tough opposition Huddersfield Town.
Edwards also shared that her personal highlight of the campaign so far was for the Reds back in December. The forward secured Forest's place in the third round of the FA Cup with a hat trick against Sheffield FC. The Reds were trailing twice in the game but three spectacular goals from Edwards was enough to see her side to a 3-2 win. She said: "The personal highlight of my season is probably scoring a hat trick in the FA Cup against Sheffield, not much can beat that!"
Sheffield has proven to be a popular opposition side for Edwards as she also netted the decisive goal against the Yorkshire side on valentine's day as she smashed home a rebound to carry her side to a 2-1 victory.
Still being in the opening years of her footballing career Edwards also added that the senior players in the squad are always on hand to offer her advice on the field. "The more experienced players help a lot whether it's positioning on the pitch or just relaxing before games," she also said: "They definitely give good advice and are really good role models for me and the other younger girls in the team."
Away from scoring goals on the field Edwards also revealed what her favourite part of the season away from the pitch. She said: "It's been getting to know the girls, I'm obviously new this season and they've all been really welcoming and kind.
"It's great getting to know them all at team socials and outside of football."