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Match preview: Nottingham Forest vs Loughborough Foxes

9 October 2020

Josh Dixon

Nottingham Forest are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Loughborough Foxes to Eastwood Community Football Club.

After their opening day draw, The Reds have gone on to win their last three league games and have all sights on making it four consecutive victories this weekend. 

Forest most recently picked up a 3-2 win away to Stoke City last Sunday afternoon as they came from behind to secure all three points. Rosie Axten netted her third goal of the season as she drew The Reds level mid-way through the first-half after they went behind through an early goal. Bex Rayner then bagged herself a brace to see Forest go 3-1 ahead with minutes to go. The Potters added a late consolation goal, deep into stoppage time but Forest did enough to see out the win. 

10 places currently separate Forest and The Foxes as Loughborough currently sit bottom of the league standings after a difficult start to the new campaign. The side have picked up two draws and suffered two losses this season, so far and they most recently fell to a 3-1 loss away to Sheffield FC last weekend. Ella Ritchie netted The Foxes’ only goal of the game but it wasn’t enough for the side as Sheffield FC found the back of the net three times to secure their first win of the campaign.

Lauren Nicholls has found the back of the net the most for Loughborough this season as she has bagged herself two goals in four games. She netted twice in the side’s first game of the season away to Derby County as they picked up a point to start this season’s proceedings. Nicholls has also proven to be a key player for the team as she has also picked up three ‘opposition player of the match’ awards in only four games. 

The Reds will be hoping to add more goals to their already impressive season tally this Sunday as they currently sit second in the league table due to goals scored. Forest are tied with Fylde at the top of the standings on points and goal difference but The Coasters has bettered Forest’s 11 goals with 12 to see them sit at the summit. Eight different Trickies have found the back of the net for Forest this season, so far with goals coming from across the whole of the field and the side will be looking to continue that form this weekend.


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