A great start from Notts County Development 1st team who had the ball in the back of the net within 2 minutes of the kick off. The ball was won deep in their own half by Captain Jasmin Bear who played a short ball into Robyn Henton whose long ball was collected by the Sandiacre defender and with Anna Horton pressing and hassling won the ball and ran it into the box to fire a shot into the top corner 0-1.

County were having good possession but Sandiacre were looking dangerous when they did break and if it was not for quick thinking by Laura Allcock in goal they could have equalised. County doubled their lead on 28 minutes when a Jasmin Bear corner was cleared only as far as the edge of the box which found Robyn Henton who took a touch out of her feet and smashed it into the far top corner 0-2.

Ten minutes later the lady pies got number 3 when defender Serena Mason ran the ball forward skipping past numerous tackles to slip the ball into Robyn whose shot rebounded out to Jasmin and her effort was fumbled by the keeper and trickled over the line 0-3.

The first half was wrapped up with number 4 as striker Courtney Walters won the ball in a goalmouth scramble to slot the ball deep in the corner 0-4.

Ten minutes into the second period saw Holly Steeples who was struggling with an injury give way for Ellie Betteridge. Sandiacre were having good possession and were forcing themselves back into the game and they soon found the back of the net from a corner which was smashed into the goal giving keeper no chance 1-4.

County replied almost immediately when Robyn with the ball at her feet surged forward to force her way through the defence to unleash a terrific shot for 1-5.

With 15 minutes remaining the game was as good as won and Sandiacres second 2-5 didn’t give County any concerns and on 88 minutes at the opposite end Robyn was brought down for a penalty. Jasmin stepped up and did what she is good at by putting the ball neatly into the back of the net for the final score of 2-6.

A terrific team performance with Robyn Henton being awarded player of the match, goals: Robyn Henton 2, Jasmin Bear 2, Anna Horton 1, Courtney Walters 1.

Team: Allcock, Bradshaw, Mason, Wibberley, Evans, Fisher, Horton, Henton, Bear, Steeples, Walters. Sub Betteridge.


Notts County reserves were desperate for a win and with a team of 10 players it was still very much on the cards as they welcomed Bingham Town to Newstead recreation ground. Right from the off the Magpies shown their intent as they very soon injected a high tempo too the game and went on the attack. Early chances saw Kat Bloomers effort just wide and a long range lob from Phoebe Stevenson tipped over the bar. On 18 minutes Notts found the back of the net with a move starting from goalkeeper Chloe Taylors distribution into Jade Benniston who linked up with Carolanne Young and Shannon Don, a diagonal forward ball into Sammy Barlow who rounded two defenders to thump the ball into the bottom corner 1-0. Five minutes later Sammy doubled her tally with a terrific long range left footed shot giving the keeper no chance 2-0. On the half hour mark starting from a throw in deep in the home sides half finding the feet of Sammy Barlow who went on a mazzy run finishing with a shot that was deflected out into the path of Shoniqua Barnes who hit the ball with the outside of her boot 3-0. The second half required an early goal to wrap the game up and players to be disciplined to play and understand their roles and responsibilities. The early goal came thanks to the left foot of Sammy Barlow for her hat-trick 4-0. A little complacency allowed Bingham to pull a goal back 4-1 only for Notts to reply when full back Carolanne Young overlapped and ran the ball down the left flank, produced a stop turn and cross the ball right across the Bingham goal for Shoniqua on the far post to have her shot cleared off the line into the path of Katrina Bloomer who forced the ball over the line 5-1. A lack in concentration gifted Bingham their second consolation when a ball over the top was not dealt with, mission accomplished with a comfortable 5-2 win to kick start the reserves season with their first 3 points on the board. A good solid team performance and good individual displays from Carolanne Young, Phoebe Stevenson and Sammy Barlow. Team: Taylor, Middleton, Don, Benniston. Young, Stevenson, Barnes, Eyley, Barlow, Bloomer.


 

Another hard fought battle for Notts County 1st team at home to Eastwood Community FC; the game was delayed by an official referee not turning up. Replacement found and play commenced, at this level of play its hard quick and sometimes brutal requiring determination and quick clever movement, today the opposition had all of this scoring just after four minutes. This was a wakeup call. Defence worked hard pushing balls forward Emma Bradshaw played an excellent game marking Eastwood’s striker out of the game. A foul on Courtney Walters won county a penalty, Jasmin Bear took the kick and coolly slotted the ball wide of keeper 1-1. Eastwood replied with two more goals going into Half time 1-3. With a move round of players Nott’s became stronger in midfield with Robyn Henton winning the player of the match for her hard battling. More fouls were committed and a red card issued to the visitors. The Magpies were unlucky not to capitalise on the chances they created and unfortunately at this level it’s the difference between winning and losing, final score 1-4. Goal: Jasmin Bear and player of the match awarded to Robyn Henton. Team: Allcock, Brashaw, Mason, Wibberley, Henton, Bingham, Horton, Bear, Steeples, Kokkinou, Walters. Subs Fisher.

 

Notts County Ladies DFC Reserves put in one hell of a performance away to Sherwood. Unfortunately, although County played good football and worked hard, they lost out to fatigue. Despite the scoreline, there is reason for optimism for the Reserves Team. New players are joining them over the next few weeks to bolster numbers. Once again, Chelsea Taylor did well in goal. Overall, the whole team worked tirelessly, even when out of their comfort zone, as some of the girls were playing out of position. Great running and footwork from Erica Thacker and Slamzy Barnes. A never say die attitude from Cath Eyley, Carolanne Young, Pheobe Stevenson, Katrina Bloomer and everyone else in the team. Special thanks to Gemma Sinfield for stepping onto the field to help out in the last 15 minutes. Goalscorers: Shoniqua Barnes (2). Player of the match awarded to Jade Zoe Benniston for her outstanding contribution never say die attitude and putting her body on the line for the cause playing through the pain barrier and beyond.

 

The Club’s First Team were on home turf against Peterborough Northern Star LFC. We knew we were in for a tough game and wasn't disappointed as tackles were strong and fouls were plenty. The visitors broke the deadlock with a break through the defence and took the lead (0-1). County had chances through Robyn Henton but shots were tipped over the bar. The equaliser came before half time from Holly Steeples swinging in a wide angle shot (1-1). In the second half, we came out strong but fouls continued, numerous free kicks were given, but the Magpies didn’t convert the chances. The visitors second goal came on the 85th minute. Their player found space leaving our keeper no chance (1-2). Peterborough’s manager said we were unlucky, narrowly missing out on a deserved equaliser. Well done Ladies. We are proving we can play with the best in this league. Goal from Holly Steeples. Player of the match awarded to Anna Horton. Team: Allcock, Bear, Mason, Bradshaw, Wibberley, Evans, Bingham, Henton, Horton, Steeples, Walters. Subs: Kokkinou, Fisher.

 

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