Nottingham Forest assistant coach Dan Corlett, reserve-team manager Gareth Gladwin and reserve-team assistant manager Aston Dyer have all been looking ahead to Sunday’s double-header.
The first team face Ollerton Town at Eastwood CFC in the second County Cup semi-final and Corlett is expecting a tough fixture for The Reds.
He said: “We’re definitely expecting a tough game against them, especially with it being a repeat of the cup final from last year.
“We won’t be heading into the game with any less seriousness and it’s a great opportunity to reach the final.”
Gladwin’s reserve side welcome Arnold Town to Eastwood CFC in the first semi-final and he shares his thoughts ahead of that game.
He said: “Yes, of course we’re expecting a tough match, it’s a semi-final. I’d be fooling myself if I thought we would walk it.
Dyer added: “We’ve been preparing for Sunday’s game the exact same way we’d prepare for any other game."
It has been two weeks since the first team last took to the field and although Corlett states it’s not ideal to have gone that long without a competitive fixture, he shares how the side has been shaping up in training.
He said: “It would have been more ideal if we had kept up the playing, especially since Christmas the fixtures have been a bit disjointed.
“The way we have trained this week with the intensity, freshness and the intent to go out and put out the style of play we know we can, Andy Cook and I have been happy with that.”
A win for both teams in red would see an all-Forest final take place and all three coaches explain how momentous that occasion would be for the club.
Corlett said: “As a profile, to show where the club is within the county and the standard of the club as a whole would be fantastic. To have the opportunity to showcase both teams and what they’re capable of on a stage like that would be great.”
Gladwin said: “It’ll be great for the girls to have that challenge against tough opposition and would be great for them to have that in-house banter.”
Dyer said: “We’ve got to get there first but it would be fantastic experience for the girls against a team like the first team.”
With both games open to the public, the city has two great games of football they’re able to attend and Corlett explains why it’ll be a great advert for the women’s game in Nottingham.
He said: "The fans have an opportunity to see some great teams play in the double-header. It’s also great for people to get down and see the quality of football across the county as a whole.”
Gladwin is hopeful of seeing the Forest faithful get down to support his side as well as he knows they do with the first team.
He said: “The first team are always well-supported so if we could get some of that support down during our game then it would be great.
Dyer added: “The support during our last home game here was brilliant so if we could get that again that would really help the team."