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Match preview: Chester-le-Street vs Forest

12 October 2019

Nottingham Forest make the long trip up north on Sunday afternoon as they face Chester-le-Street in the first round of the FA Women’s National League Plate.

With both sides having fallen short in their FA WNL Cup preliminary round tie in August, both teams enter the league’s plate competition with the aim of picking up some silverware this season. 

The Reds head into the fixture off the back of a great 3-0 win over Loughborough Foxes in the league only last Thursday. Precious Hamilton secured herself a brace with goals either side of the half and Bex Rayner added a third to make it a fantastic win on the road for Forest. 

Sunday’s opponents also come into the fixture in form after they picked up all three points in their last outing on Tuesday night. The side recorded a narrow 3-2 win over north-east rivals Newcastle United underneath the floodlights as they made it back-to-back wins as they built on last Sunday’s win over Doncaster Rovers Belles. 

Andy Cook has named a familiar starting 11 for The Reds' last six fixtures but he is expected to make changes to his line-up on Sunday. New singing Mai Moncaster has only managed appearances off the bench since she joined the side but she could potentially slot into the side’s midfield for the upcoming game. Ellie Casper may also be given the nod to start up front on Sunday as she looks to get off the mark for the season. Casper joined the club in the summer and has found minutes on the field hard to come by because of Hamilton’s red-hot form but she could stamp her mark on the side if she’s given a start. 

Nichole Havery is the opposition player to watch on Sunday afternoon as she has played a key part in the side’s goals so far, this season. Havery has seven goals to her name already and will be on the hunt to add more to her tally in the game. But the Forest defence, which has produced stellar performances in their recent fixtures, will be looking to build on their recent form and keep Havery quiet on Sunday. 

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