What a real shame as Notts County Ladies 1st team were strickened by illness and injury in which should have been a real tussle in the Notts FA County Cup quarter finals against a league above opposition in Pelican Ladies formerly Greenwood Meadows. Notts County who got to the final last season against Nottingham Forest were looking to pull off a good result of which they believed they could do but with too many key players missing due to illness and injury the magpies could only field ten players and unable to call upon their reserve side as they were cup tied. The ten players put on a brave display and despite Pelicans pressure the girl’s in black and white defended well. On 20 minutes Pelican opened their account but County replied 10 minutes later when Courtney Walters was brought down heavily in the penalty area. Captain Jasmin Bear stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner 1-1. It was short lived as almost immediately from the kick off Pelican number ten went on a solo run with Notts unable to make a tackle and gifted her a free shot on goal 1-2. Tired legs or heads dropping resulted in a disappointing 10 minutes as pelican went into the break 1-4. The message at half-time was that they were now playing for pride and not to give up battling to the final whistle of which they did in the second period. Not a fan of the long ball over the top but under the circumstances today was the only option and it was having its rewards as striker Courtney Walters and Lauren Yeomans were causing Pelicans backline problems. Pelican increased their lead with another 2 goals 1-6 when County got themselves a consolation goal when Anna Horton turned in a Courtney Walters pass across the edge of the goal 2-6. County were dealt another blow as defender Jessica Wibberley had to to leave the pitch due to a nasty injury which will see her out for at least a month. The inevitable happened and Pelican got another 2 for a final score of 2-8. A disappointing result but under the circumstances the lady pies can hold their heads high as the management were full of praise for the teams work rate and quali