A Precious Hamilton second-half strike was enough for Nottingham Forest to pick up their fifth consecutive win as they condemned Burnley to their first defeat of the season with a 1-0 victory.
Hamilton continued her impressive form of scoring in every Forest game she’s played in this season as she wrapped up the three points in the 73rd minute as The Reds’ battling team performance paid off.
Andy Cook made only one change to his side as Hollie Barker was brought into make her club debut in the place of the recently departed Izzy Dalton.
The Reds started the contest brightly and had two shots in quick succession to grab an early lead. The first saw Bex Rayner’s long-range effort get deflected wide for a corner-kick and Hamilton’s resulting headed effort from the set piece was cleared deep inside the six-yard box.
Forest continued to push inside The Claret’s final third and various Reds teed efforts in attempt to open the scoring. A drilled cross from Rayner found Sophie Walton inside the area but her first-time shot flew wide of the target. Sophie Tudor also smashed a first-time effort on the edge of the area as Hamilton found her with a short pass but the ‘keeper made the crucial save.
Despite having the better chances in front of goal The Reds were forced to go into the break with the scoring tied.
Forest picked up from where they left off in the second-half as they continued to push for an opening goal. Tudor did well inside the area on the 46th minute to keep the ball alive before it eventually fell to Hamilton who attempted an acrobatic type finish but she failed to hit the target.
The Reds finally got the goal they had been searching for on the 73rd minute as Hamilton bagged her 19th of the season. Rayner floated a well-weighted pass over the heads of the Burnley defence and into Hamilton inside the area which forced the ‘keeper off the line. Hamilton remained composed inside the box as she slotted her shot past the helpless ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
Burnley sparked a hope of a comeback inside the final 10 minutes as they searched for a late equaliser but The Reds remained calm in defence as they ensured their unbeaten streak extended to an impressive five games as they moved up to third in the table.
Forest: Aguirre, Barker, Harkin (c), Cook, Hewitt (Bonser 68’), Walton, Tudor, Rayner, Fisher (Bennett 89’), Warner (Middleton 79’), Hamilton
Unused subs: Davies, Moncaster
Goal: Hamilton 73’
Burnley: Bracewell, Wilson, Hope, Worthington, Prescott (Owen 46’), Bickett, Agger, Hamer, Preistley (Halligan 74’), Wilkinson (S. Greenhalgh 69’), Rathburn
Unused subs: O. Greenhalgh, Cooper