Bex Rayner has sprinkled her magic on Nottingham Forest this season as she has continued her impressive form to become a key member of the team.
The skilful midfielder has been directly involved in at least one goal per league game this season as she has recorded seven assists and four goals during that time. Reflecting back on her contribution to the team Rayner says she’s delighted to be playing her part.
She said: “It feels great to be contributing to goals.
“That’s my job really and my role in the team to help us get forward and score so I’m glad that I have been successful in doing that.”
The 20-year-old has found herself pulling the strings in the midfield this season and setting up the goals for her teammates but she’s hoping to end this year’s campaign with more goals to her name.
“I enjoy assisting as much as I do scoring as it’s a key part in the lead up to a goal,” Rayner explained.
“However, I would like to get on the scoresheet more and get in and around the box to get better opportunities.”
Rayner and The Reds were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Huddersfield Town at the weekend as they came from behind to earn a point. It was Rayner’s free-kick that caused chaos in The Terriers’ box as Lyndsey Harkin met her set piece deep in the area, with her headed effort crashing back off the crossbar, but Precious Hamilton was on hand to ensure the rebound crossed the line. Rayner explained that coming from behind showcased the character of the team but the whole side were left wanting more.
She said: “I think as we set high standards, we aim to come away from every game with three points and I personally felt very deflated that we didn’t get that.
“But against a tough opponent, away coming from behind to get the point showed our good team character and resilience to try push to get a win.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get it but we will take the point and focus on working hard in training to put things right for the next games.”
Forest face a busy March schedule as they have four more games coming up throughout the month which includes tough away trips to both Fylde and Sunderland and Rayner states the squad are hungry to get out and pick up all the available points.
“We are very much raring to go and to collect maximum points from the league games this month, in order to be in contention for the top places in the league table,” Rayner explained.
“These games will be very important for us and we need to be focused and prepared to take each game as it comes.”