Nottingham Forest are forced to wait another week for a league win as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Kiera Ramshaw’s 58th minute thundering strike was the difference between the two sides as Forest failed to score in a league match for the first time since May 2019.
Andy Cook made one change to his side that drew 2-2 at home to Hull City the week before as Lucy Johnson came in to replace Hayley James who dropped to the substitute bench.
It was a bright start to the game for The Reds as they took control of the ball and began pushing for that early goal.
Johnson’s second minute cross was met by Rosie Axten inside the area but her shot was well blocked. Then Bex Rayner struck a hit towards goal four minutes later but her effort flew wide of the target.
Georgia Hewitt picked up the ball on the 16th minute and attempted to carry it through the box but she was dispossessed. Fortunately, the ball roll back out to Axten but her first-time effort flew over the goal.
The home side also had their chances in front of goal inside the game’s opening 30 minutes but Abbey Joice and Emily Scarr both saw their chances end up the wrong side of the goalposts.
The best chance of the first-half fell to Sunderland on the 40th minute as Aja Aguirre was called into action to ensure her side were level heading into the break. Maria Farrugia slipped a well-weighted pass through to Ramshaw just inside the box who took a touch before firing a shot on goal but Aguirre pulled off a fantastic and crucial stop.
The hosts enjoyed the majority of chances in the beginning of the second-half as they pushed towards an opener and got their reward on the 58th minute. Joice played a short pass through to the on-running Ramshaw inside the box who took a touch before lifting a powerful shot over Aguirre and into the far top corner.
Forest then sprang into action as they tried to claw something back from the game but chances from Rayner and Charlotte Steggles in quick succession were strongly blocked and then cleared by the Sunderland defence.
Rayner flashed some great footwork on the 74th minute as she kept hold off the ball down the right flank before whipping a cross into the box. Johnson charged into the area and met the ball at the far post but her volley agonisingly rolled marginally wide.
Scarr went on the hunt for her side’s second goal of the game on the 79th minute as she broke into the Forest final third but Aguirre got down low to make another great stop.
Charlotte Greengrass teed up a shot on the 89th minute for The Reds as she carried the ball before striking from long-range but her shot was well blocked. Fortunately, the blocked ball rolled directly out to Hewitt on the edge of the box who whipped one last cross into the area for Forest but the ‘keeper collected the ball to ensure The Reds headed back home empty handed.
Forest: Aguirre, Greengrass, Harkin (c), Steggles (Reynolds 82’), Hewitt, Johnson, Moncaster (Brown 63’), Naylor, Tudor (McKechnie 63’), Rayner, Axten
Subs not used: James & Middleton
Booking: Rayner 90’
Sunderland: Moan, Beer, McCatty, Herron, Griffiths, Mullen, Ramshaw, Joice, Scarr, Farrugia, Blakey (Manders 72’)
Subs not used: Cowling, Warren, McInnes
Goal: Ramshaw 58’