Notts County Ladies Senior Development 1st team after the Christmas break made the long journey to Grimsby to play table toppers Solar Ladies. A game played at a good tempo and in good spirit saw the visitors have the better goal scoring chances but it was Solar who found the back of the net deep into the second period, Player of the match was awarded to Notts County mid-fielded Robyn Henton.


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


A massive effort from Notts County Ladies Development team who were away to Bingham in the Notts ladies League, playing on a pitch akin to the 1970's, mud and more mud. But hey when you pass the ball around it makes all the difference. 1 min 30 secs in sure enough the passing paid off and Charley MacLaren bagged her and Notts first goal. Everybody settled well and the game was good to watch from County's perspective. Non more so than Charley MacLaren who decided one was not enough and swung in a great corner with a bit of wind assist to score her second. Not to be outdone the skill of Katrina Bloomer was soon on show and she decided to score two as well, one from about 25 yards and one with a great header after Cath Eyley crossed. 4 - 0 at half time and the question was who would get the hat trick. 15 mins in and Charley decided that one and scored with a great one on one to make it 5 - 0. Notts were relying at times with goalie Chelsea Taylor from Bingham pressure and her well kept clean sheet earned her the Player of the match. Huge praise for the team, Ellie Marriott, Jade Zoe Benniston, Nicola Tomkinson, Rhiannon Middleton, Jessie Knott, Lauren Wilson, Leah Chester, Chloe Bingham, Ashleigh Harris, and Eleanor Brooks for her support on the sideline


Notts County Ladies Senior Development 1st team welcomed Sleaford to Coronation Park. A lot holding on this game as 3 points for the magpies would put them into second spot in the league table on goal difference to Sleaford. The two teams met a couple of months ago and shared the points with a 2-2 draw, though County felt they done enough to win the game. County had a number of players missing to injury and work commitments but the starting 11 were a strong team that would be difficult to break down. New signing Laura Allcock from Rise Park made her debut between the sticks and Nicola Tomkinson was called upon from the clubs reserve team. County got off to a dream start as within five minutes Androulla Kokkinou won the ball from a goal kick, turned a player and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner 1-0. The home side were putting a number of quick passes together and Sleaford were struggling to contain the trickery of Androulla and on 15 minutes she fired in her second of the afternoon 2-0. Club and league top goal scorer Courtney Walters got herself rightly so on the score sheet when she hit the ball into the underside top netting after receiving a delightful pass from wide midfielder April Bingham 3-0. Sleaford won themselves a contentious penalty decision and gave keeper Laura Allcock with no chance 3-1. County replied when Anna Horton from a wide position drove the ball into the box and buried the ball deep into the far bottom corner 4-1. Just before the break Androulla was on one of her mazy runs and was hacked down of which the referee failed to notice and she played no further in the game. The second half Nicola Tomkinson came on into midfield and Captain Jasmin Bear moved up front to partner Courtney and take Androulla’s position. The game continued in the same vain with County having most of the possession and played at a good tempo. On 60 minutes the black and white army increased their lead when April threaded the ball through to Robyn Henton whose thunderous shot ripped into the top right corner giving the keeper no chance 5-1. A great team performance today, this will need to be repeated next week as they entertain Pelican Ladies in the Notts FA Women’s County Cup quarter finals. The player of the match was awarded to Anna Horton in central midfield who worked hard throughout and battled to win possession.


Notts County Ladies Senior Development team bounced back from last week’s poor performance and then coming back from 2-0 down away to Clifton in the Notts Ladies Football League. County were again back to playing great passing football and had large portions of possession until Clifton got a free kick and delivered in a cross that went in from an own goal. Clifton were a bit brighter in the second half as County with only 11 fit players available this week found it tough going. Clifton went 2 - 0 up but Notts kept on fighting and winger Ashleigh Harris managed to get a cross in for striker Katrina Bloomer to score. Sure enough this changed everything, everybody dug in and no more so than player of the match Lauren Wilson and captain Ellie Marriott. With a minute to go Jade Zoe Benniston produced a long free kick that bounced around the box until new signing Leah Chester kicked it goal-bound and Jessie Knott nipped in for the equaliser. 2-2.


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