Nottingham Forest moved up to second place on Sunday afternoon after they avenged their previous loss to Middlesbrough with a 1-0 win at Eastwood CFC.
Bolu Fisher and Bex Rayner forced an own goal on the 66th minute as The Reds put on a strong battling performance to ensure the side returned to winning ways.
Andy Cook named two changes to his side as Mai Moncaster and Phoebe Warner both came into the starting 11 as Ellie Casper and the injured Precious Hamilton made way.
Forest dominated proceedings from the starting whistle and came close to opening the scoring on the 13th minute as Rayner’s corner-kick found Lyndsey Harkin in the box but her headed effort was kept out by the ‘keeper.
Harkin and Rayner linked up again from a corner-kick over 13 minutes later as the latter found the skipper inside the penalty box this time Harkin could only guide her header narrowly wide of the target.
Fisher should’ve put The Reds ahead on the 30th minute after she got on the end of a great through ball and charged into the Boro box but her shot from the edge of the six-yard box was directly at the ‘keeper who pulled off a great stop.
Sophie Tudor found herself involved in the penalty box action on the 40th minute as the defensive midfielder did superbly to control the ball and hold it up before laying off a pass to Moncaster who was waiting to hit a first-time effort but her shot flew just wide of goal.
The Reds picked up from where they left off in the second half and Rayner was once again involved in the action as she connected with a flying cross inside the box but her headed effort was well wide.
Aja Aguirre was called into action on the 59th minute as she was forced into a great save at her near post as Chloe Dixon blasted an effort from close range but the Forest shot-stopper was on hand to parry away the effort.
Forest finally got the goal they had been searching for on the 66th minute as Fisher’s cross caused mayhem inside the Boro box. Moncaster found Fisher out wide with a pass and the tricky winger fizzed a teasing cross deep into the six-yard box, searching for Rayner but as Rayner attempted to divert the ball goalwards it spun off Boro’s Emma Foster and nestled itself into the back of the net.
The Reds continued to search for a second goal to seal their victory and Sophie Walton led the charge for another one as she darted down the right with the ball before hitting a powerful cross into the box but the ball somehow evaded both Moncaster and Katie Middleton.
A second goal wasn’t needed for Forest as they recorded their fourth consecutive league victory as the sun began to set on Eastwood CFC.
Forest: Aguirre, Hewitt, Harkin (c), Bennett, Bonser, Walton, Tudor, Moncaster, Warner (Middleton 78’), Fisher (Constantinou 83’), Rayner (Casper 88’)
Unused sub: Davies, Naylor
Goal: Foster OG 66’
Booking: Walton 76’
Middlesbrough: Wareham, Bass, Luke, Brown, Watt, Foster, Dodds, Hutchinson (Ellis 72’), Dixon, Young, Bell (McQuade 72’)
Unused sub: Marsh