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Match preview: Sheffield FC vs Nottingham Forest

26 February 2020

Nottingham Forest make the short trip up to Dronfield on Thursday evening as they face Sheffield FC underneath the lights.

It’ll be The Reds’ second game in five days after the side picked up a 2-1 victory over Fylde on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood CFC. Bex Rayner put Forest ahead after only 11 minutes through a stunning solo goal but the visitors drew back level only four minutes later. Helena Constantinou was introduced as an 81st minute substitute and she became the hero of the day as she netted a 93rd minute winner to steal all three points.

Nine places currently separate Forest and Sheffield FC in the league standings as the struggling Yorkshire side sit bottom of the table. Having only took to the field nine times this season the team have suffered eight defats and only managed one win in that time which was over Hull City back in October. 

The Reds and The World’s First have already met once this season in the reverse fixture back in September at Eastwood CFC. The game brought Forest’s first win of the season as they hit five past the opposition to breeze to a comfortable 5-0 win. Precious Hamilton caused mayhem for the defence as she bagged herself a hat-trick and both Phoebe Warner and Rebecca Rayner got off the mark for the season with two superb strikes. The result kick-started The Reds’ campaign and the side have only gone on to suffer one league loss since, to the hands of league leaders Sunderland later that month. 

Sheffield FC last took to the field over three weeks ago where they breezed to an 8-0 win over Oughtibridge WMSC LFC in the County Cup. Former Red Izzy Sullivan found the back of the net twice during that fixture and she is set to face her former team after she made the switch in October. Charlie Griffin is also a current Sheffield FC player that used to don the Garibaldi and has been a key player for the side this season as she has recorded the most appearances having took to the field 13 times, so far. 

Aja Aguirre and The Reds back-line will be looking to collect their sixth league clean sheet on Thursday evening which would see them hold the record for the most league clean sheets this season. The side have recorded memorable clean sheets against Derby County, Burnley and Middlesbrough this term and with Sheffield FC only having found the back of the net seven times in the league the team will be hoping to keep the opposition at bay.

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