A blustery cold and wet afternoon didn’t dampen Notts County Ladies Development 1st team in their away fixture in the East Midlands Womens Football League to mid table outfit Alfreton Ladies. The weather could have easily been a leveller but the visitors took the game to the home side from the off and very soon were creating goal scoring chances. On 4 mins County striker Courtney Walters found the back of the net after winning the ball from a goal kick. County doubled their lead on 24 mins when a Jasmin Bear corner drifted into the far top corner. The visitors went into the half with a 2-0 lead but it could have been 4 or 5 as chances went begging. The second period saw Alfreton make a game of it as they pulled one back and there were a few nervy minutes until a Jasmin free kick on the half way line hit the cross bar for Anna Horton to rush in and head the ball into the roof of the net to give her team back the cushion. On 70 minutes the Magpies put the game out of Alfreton’s reach as a poor Alfreton clearance for a Jasmin Bear corner found Serena Mason who’s forward pass found the feet of Robyn Henton who turned and shot in one movement for 1-4. The game was wrapped up a minute later when provider Jasmin from just inside the Alfreton half hit a diagonal forward ball into Alex Francis who rounded the keeper and cooly slotted the ball home for a final score of 1-5. Player of the match was awarded to the hardworking Androulla Kokkinou


A brave, battling performance in difficult conditions against a gutsy Clifton Side. A quick through ball and well taken shot on 40 seconds condemned Notts to a 1-0 defeat. Playing some neat and tidy football and huge determination from the midfield dynamo's of Jade Sheppard and Jessie Knott the equaliser would not come. However Kirsty Peat was closest when her 2nd half strike hit the bar. Carrying on from where she left off last week Captain Ellie Marriott was superb in her role and got a well-deserved Player of the Match


Notts County Ladies Development 1st team made the long journey to Sleaford for their league fixture in the East Midlands Regional Women’s League, North Division. Almost from the kick off a little misunderstanding in the visitors half gave the home side a good opportunity on goal but good keeping from stand in keeper Robyn Henton denied them an early lead, it was Notts County who found the back of the net when striker Courtney Walters left her marker and lobbed the keeper 0-1. Sleaford replied from a corner as the ball was helped on from the near post and a Sleaford player with far too much space picked her spot for 1-1. County continued to press and create numerous chances why Sleaford looked to hit on the counter. The message at the break was to up the tempo and look after the ball more of which they did in the second period, it wasn’t long before County took the lead thanks to Courtney Walters who rounded the defender and slotted the ball into the far bottom corner 1-2 but yet again Sleaford responded with a ball over the top to create a 1 on 1 with the keeper giving outstretched keeper no chance 2-2. The final 20 minutes Sleaford’s goal lead a charmed life as County went looking for the winner and were unlucky on a number of occasions as April Bingham’s shot hit the woodwork, a rebounded shot was drilled into the keeper and a number of shots were denied by a player of the match performance from the Sleaford keeper. It was plane to see that on the final whistle that County were disappointed to share the points and they must now go to Grimsby next week looking for the 3 points to get their promotion chase back on track. County’s player of the match was awarded to defender Serena Mason.


A defiant display today for Notts County Ladies Development reserve team ended in a resounding 14-0 win away to Aspley. In fairness Aspley were under strength and without a lot of direction. Pleasing for County were the different goal scorers and Chelsea Taylor keeping her clean sheet in goal. Predatory striker Katrina Bloomer opened on 5 mins following Eleanor Brooks cross. A neat passing move starting at Nicola Tomkinson and Ellie Marriott, led to an interchange with Jade Sheppard and Kat to set up Charley MacLaren to run in and score. Running from halfway was a feature today and twice player of the match Carolanne Young set up players to run from a full 40 yards and score. Jessie Knott was the first one followed by birthday girl Cath Eyley (age 21 + vat) and Ashleigh Harris, who scored 2 from her relentless running. A strong run from Kat saw her up tackled in the box and up stepped Jess Wibberley to rifle home a penalty. Both Kat and Cath scored hat tricks, Charley got another and rounding off the performance saw Eleanor Brooks and Jade Sheppard get their first goals of the season.


Notts County Ladies Development 1st team welcomed Nettleham to Coronation Park for the 1st round of the League Cup. Nettleham from Lincoln play in the league above and last week beat Sheffield Wednesday in the qualifying round of the FA Cup, County knew that they had to be on the top of their game today to get anything from this game. The magpies made a dream start when on 10 minutes Lauren Yeomans held the ball up well and played in Courtney Walters who’s shot was saved by the keeper, a poor clearance straight into the path of Robyn Henton on the edge of the box hit the ball first time and far corner 1-0. Nettleham responded and County were under the cosh for a while and the visitors went close hitting the woodwork. It was coming and on 24 minutes the Nettleham striker was given to much space and smashed the ball into the far corner 1-1. Only 2 minutes later and County re-took the lead when Courtney set the ball back for Robyn to hit a screamer into the top corner 2-1. Disappointingly a goalmouth scramble gifted Nettleham a sloppy equaliser 2-2. The home side were clearly deflated and allowed themselves to take their foot off the gas which allowed Nettleham to play the ball around and they went on to score 5 goals in 10 minutes. Just before the break County keeper Kelly Hackman was badly fouled and there was along stop in play. The second period saw Kelly replaced by Robyn Henton. Just 5 mins in and the visitors continued where they left off and got number 8. County had a huge fight on their hands and they started to fight back when Anna Horton ran the ball down the right hand side floated a ball into the box where Courtney Walters brought the ball down and volleyed into the net 3-8. A minute later the Magpies added another from a Jasmin Bear corner again finding Courtney to hit 1st time into bottom corner 4-8. Nettleham were rattled as County were now playing some wonderful free flowing attacking football, 2 minutes later Jasmin Bear floated a ball into the box of which the keeper miss timed and the ball fell over her head for Lauren Yeomans to latch onto and bury the ball into the back of the net 5-8. In the final 5 minutes Nettleham stopped the County fight back with a well taken goal to make the final score 5-9. Despite the score line and the self-destructing 10 minutes at the end of the 1st period Notts County were a match for their higher placed visitors of which they can take many positives, player of the match for the second week in succession going to Anna Horton. The magpies are away next week to Sleaford back in league action.


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