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Match preview: Burnley vs Nottingham Forest

7 November 2019

Nottingham Forest have a fifth consecutive win in their sights as they travel to second-placed Burnley on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

Andy Cook's side head into the game on the back of an impressive unbeaten run which has seen them pick up four wins from four. The Reds romped to a 5-2 victory over Hull City in their last outing in front of a healthy crowd of 457 at Eastwood CFC. Precious Hamilton's hat-trick, as well as goals from Bolu Fisher and Bex Rayner either side of half-time, led Forest to a comfortable win.

Burnley have enjoyed a successful start to their first season in the FA Women’s National League North and are currently unbeaten in their first six league fixtures. The Clarets have picked up five wins and a draw and with two games in hand over the current league leaders Sunderland, they have made a strong early claim for the league title.

It has been three weeks since Burnley's last competitive fixture, a 17-0 victory over Morecambe Ladies in the County Cup on 20th October. Seven different players etched their name on the scoresheet as they took their seasonal goalscoring tally to a whopping 43.

Evie Priestley sits top of the goalscoring charts for the Lancashire outfit with nine to her name so far this season at an average of a goal a game. Forest will need to be alert to keep Burnley's leading striker at bay but it is worth noting that only one of her goals has come in the league this season.

Hollie Barker may make her Forest debut on Sunday afternoon after arriving on Trentside last week. The full-back joined from FA Women’s Championship side Sheffield United and is in contention to slot into her favoured right-back position after Izzy Dalton’s departure on Wednesday.

Liv Cook can also extend her impressive run of featuring in every one of The Reds’ games so far this season if she resumes her normal role in defence. Cook has racked up a total of 11 appearances in her debut season in the Garibaldi and has played a full 90 minutes in nine of this season's games to date.

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