The girl’s of Notts County under 16s were looking to put in a good performance away to mid-table Arnold. County despite winning their last couple of games had not played at their best and today’s game was very much about playing the right way and looking to improve their performance. Playing with the ball on the floor County were looking to pass the ball around with confidence, Arnold had other ideas and were pressing quickly. County had good possession and playing in the home side’s half but despite the pressure and chances they were unable to find the back of the net as the Arnold keeper was showing her quality. Any long range shots were easily being dealt with and it would require some quality closer to goal to take the lead. Arnold at the other end had a long range shot tipped over the bar by stand in keeper Faye Wheatley. County finally found the back of the Arnold goal when Captain Ellie Betteridge headed in a Kelsea Marriott corner 0-1. County were pleased with their first half performance but needed to be more clinical in front of the goal and were asked to drive the ball into the goalkeeping area before pulling the trigger. This they did as Ellie Betteridge was driving forward as was Jade Henderson but the success came from Sara Duffield who skipped past a number of Arnold defenders and hit a sweet shot with the outside of her boot to beat the keeper 0-2. What followed was a number of strange referring decisions, one which awarded Arnold with a free kick and after a number of passes resulted in a lob giving the keeper very little chance 1-2. County saw the game out with a much improved performance with player of the match being awarded to wide midfielder Polly Collier for her work rate up and down the pitch. The magpies go into the Christmas break sitting in second spot just behind Nottingham Forest