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Huddersfield 1-1 Forest

9 March 2020

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Nottingham Forest came from behind to settle for their first draw of the season on Sunday afternoon as they drew 1-1 on the road with Huddersfield Town.

Precious Hamilton netted her fifth goal of the season against The Terriers on the 71st minute as she salvaged a point for her side after Lucy Sowerby had put the hosts ahead after only two minutes.
 
Andy Cook made two changes to his side that last took to the field two weeks ago in a 2-1 victory over Fylde as he brought Bolu Fisher and Precious Hamilton back into his starting 11.
 
It was the worst possible start to the afternoon for The Reds as they found themselves behind after only 90 seconds. Sowerby curled an impressive shot from the corner of the box that soared over Aja Aguirre’s head in goal and nestled itself underneath the crossbar.
 
Forest looked to bounce back instantly and began piling the pressure on Huddersfield and Sophie Tudor came close to netting her first in Garibaldi. A well-weighted pass found Tudor in the box but her drilled effort was saved by the ‘keeper.
 
Hamilton was next to go agonisingly close for The Reds as she got on the end of a delightful flicked pass from Bex Rayner but her effort flew marginally wide of the target.
 
Annabel McKechnie should’ve drawn Forest level just before the break after she broke free on goal from a well-timed pass from Tudor but the forward saw her shot soar over the target.
 
The Reds came out full guns blazing in the second-half as they went searching for their goal from the re-start whistle. McKechnie saw a shot within the opening few seconds come bouncing back off the goal post before Rayner then placed a shot just wide of the goal.
 
Liv Cook then found herself in front goal as she got on the end of a cross from Rayner but with her back to goal Cook could only awkwardly divert the ball goal-wards which was collected with ease by the ‘keeper.
 
The Reds got the goal they had been searching for on the 71st minute as Hamilton bagged her 23rd goal of the season. Rayner floated a terrific free-kick into the danger zone that Lyndsey Harkin rose the highest to meet but her headed effort came crashing back of the cross bar but Hamilton was on hand to bury the ball home.
 
After drawing level Forest then began the hunt for all three points and substitute Helena Constantinou teed up a shot from distance but her effort lacked any real power and was bundled up by the ‘keeper. 
 
Cook had a golden opportunity to steal all three points on the 90th minute after a teasing cross came flying into the Huddersfield box but the ‘keeper impressively kept out Cook’s close-range shot.
 
Despite a much improved second-half performance Forest were forced to settle for a draw as the side extended their unbeaten league run to six games.
 
Forest: Aguirre, Hewitt, Harkin (c), Cook, Naylor, Walton, Tudor, Rayner, Mckechnie (Moncaster 68’), Fisher (Constantinou 77’), Hamilton
 
Unused subs: Davies, Middleton
 
Goal: Hamilton 71’
 
Bookings: Hewitt 75’, Walton 78’, Hamilton 90'

Huddersfield: Joyce, Mallin (Stanfield 83’), Abbott, Evans (c), Sowerby, Marshall, Stevens (Elford 62’), Ibbotson, Newsham, White, Smith (Danby 62’)

Unused subs: Legge, Sanderson

Goal: Sowerby 2’

Bookings: White 36’, Evans 50’


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