Notts County Ladies senior 1st team put on a sparkling performance and turned on the style in a fantastic 7-0 win at home to Scunthorpe outfit, Appleby Frodingham. Despite all the pressure and playing in the visitors half County could only find the back of the net twice but they made up for it in the second period scoring five. Good pressure from the start, saw County camp in the visitors half and create chances that went begging but failed to put the ball over the line. On 20 minutes Jasmin Bear floated the ball across the face of the goal which dipped into the far corner 1-0. Jasmin involved again on 35 minutes with a lofted cross finding Alexandra Johnson on the far post to head it down into the corner for her first goal for the club 2-0. With a score of 2-0 at the break County knew it was not good enough and the third goal was crucial, 10 minutes into the second period County obliged when striker Courtney Walters received on the edge of the box to turn her marker and drive the ball forward and smashed it into the bottom far corner. County were well in the driving seat and were now playing breathtaking football, April Bingham down the left was confidentially taking players on and winning her battles to feed the ball into the target area, Captain Selina Luciw was driving her team on and Alex Francis was taking players on for fun, twisting and turning her markers at every opportunity. On 65 minutes County increased their lead as Jasmin again being the provider crossed the ball from the right to find Courtney on the far post to head theball over the advancing keeper 4-0. On 80 mins Courtney got her hat-trick as she blocked a goal kick and coolly slotted it passed the keeper 5-0. To give Appleby credit they never stopped battling and were always dangerous with the ball over the top, but they were up against a well organised back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Robyn Henton and Susan Cronin. A couple of substitutions were made replacing Selina and Alex Johnson with Cath Eyley and making her debut Anna Horton. It was on 82 mins that Anna with her first touch beat the defence and on her second touch smacked the ball into the far bottom corner 6-0, To wrap up an excellent team performance Courtney got her fourth when player of the match Jasmin from deep in mid-field floated the ball over into the path of Courtney who ran the ball forward and slotted it into the far corner 7-0, A truly impressive display from Notts County Ladies today who take this convincing win into there next weeks game away to tough opposition in Lincoln Ladies.

Notts County Ladies 5 v Pinxton 1. A terrific first half performance was enough for Notts County Ladies to seal their first 3 points of their first season in the East Midlands Womens Regional Football League. Notts met Pinxton just a couple of weeks ago and came away disappointed with just a point after they dominated the game. Notts started well and camped in the Pinxton half and very nearly took an early lead when Siobhan Wood hit a low pass across the front of the goal only for County striker Courtney Walters outstretched leg narrowly missing contact with the ball on the far post. On 7 minutes against the run of play Pinxton won the ball deep in their own half and with a long ball down the left they counter attacked quickly and a ball inside found a Pinxton player unmarked and a close range shot beating keeper Hazel Clark 0-1 We didn’t have to wait long as on 10 mins County playing some neat 1st touch passing along the length of the pitch put the ball in the mix, Captain Selina Luciw set the ball backwards and from 20 yds out Robyn Henton smashed the ball into the top netting 1-1 Notts very nearly took the lead on 20 mins when Courtney’s long range shot hit the crossbar. Pinxton always looking dangerous on the break with their fast strikers, Pinxton were on the attack but Serena Mason chased back and won the ball deep in their own half played the ball out wide left to Georgina Cook who played first time into the middle of the park to Selina who switched the play out wide right to April Bingham, a delightful weighted pass behind the Pinxton defence set up Alex Francis to neatly lob the advancing keeper for 2-1 County kept on pushing and working hard from the front Courtney pressed a pass back to the keeper who cleared the ball which rebounded of Courtney over the keeper and in the back of the net 3-1 Just before the break Notts wrapped up an impressive 1st half display when Siobhan played in Courtney in a wide position, with good vision played the ball to the far post for an easy tap in from Alex Francis 4-1. The job was half done, it was so important that the team did not allow Pinxton back into this game and an early second half goal was required. Pinxton had other ideas and immediately put Notts on the back foot, a great save from Hazel Clark kept Pinxton out and strength at the back to win the ball in Serena Mason and Kayley Shaw denied Pinxton anymore shots and on 55 mins Courtney on the break hit a square ball into Alex who’s shot hit the keeper for a corner. April Bingham played a short corner into Selina who again set the ball back for Robyn for the second time today smashing the ball into the far bottom corner for 5-1. The game saw a few heavy tackles which was probably down to frustration, the remainder of the game saw tempers flare with 2 red cards one from each side and Notts left back Georgina Cook having to leave the pitch due to a nasty injury. Though both teams were battling hard neither team really threatened in the last remaining minutes. “really pleased again with the team’s performance, the difference this week was our desire to win the game, going out to finish our opposition off in the 1st period and to battle hard in the second period to deny them any chance of getting back into the game”. Player of the match awarded by the opposition goes to Robyn Henton and Notts County Ladies vote went to the hard working right back of Lauren Jubb. Goals: Robyn Henton 2, Alex francis 2, Courtney Walters 1.

Some reports are hard to write as it is necessary to be balanced about the opposition but when you have a scoreline of 15 – 0 to Notts County you will understand how hard it is. Let’s not forget that Aspley are a new side and worked hard to their credit but could not match the sheer talent, passing and execution of County.  Yet again it is necessary to name all players and given that we had so many goal scorers that won’t be hard. However Kelly Hackman in goal had to remain concentrated as at times Aspley pushed forward. Nic Tomkinson this week was playing in the centre of defence as unfortunately Captain Ellie Marriotts ankle injury did not hold out for long and she could take no further part this week. The first goal came after constant pressure and early misses after Kirsty Peats corner went over everyone for Eleanor Brooks to knock back in and Charley Maclaren to open the tally. She impressively added to her tally minutes later when Peat and Jade Benniston played a short corner and Maclaren headed in the net. The next neat passing move came as super cool Laura Muir played a great ball into Lauren Betteridge who passed to Eleanor Brooks who ran 10 yards, looked up and smacked it in the net.  This week saw the welcome return of Elle Croucher and as ever she inspires and smiles her way through a great game. That great game was even better following a great turn and move from Maclaren left Croucher on the edge of the box to score off the post. It was now 4 – 0 and evident that the game would be a County victory but the work was still there to be done and Benniston organised everything with precision and confidence. Her hard work was recorded with a goal from the penalty spot following a hand ball. The game was then set alight by two players, Sammy Barlow and Carolanne Clark. Barlow would earn herself the accolades as she pounced and harried everywhere and caused havoc. Her first goal was as a result of pressure from Jess Knott and Betteridge that enabled to score from the edge of the area. Then came Clark who from her first touch nearly scored only to pop up to finish from a Lucy Harris cross. She than scored 2 more in quick succession one with her head and the other from a neat Maclaren pass. The first ended 9 goals to the good but on a sad note Gabi Oxley had to be helped off with a recurring knee injury after having a good little spell in the game. The second was a chance to move and play neat football and Benniston continued to organise, work hard and deal with any attacks alongside Tomkinson. The next goal took a while to come and County had to deal with some unsavoury challenges but kept their cool. Barlow got her 2nd and 3rd goal after terrific skill form a goal kick and then after a great cross from Ashleigh Harris. Harris then won a corner and Peat again delivered for Betteridge to score her first goal for 2 seasons, with her left foot!!! Brooks continued to impress on the right after being fed great passes from Knott and Muir, where she managed to send in 2 crosses that was eventually converted by guess who? Barlow again. At long last after several attempts and many assists Peat popped up and scored and then the manager was left with the hardest decision to make for player of the match as Beniston fed Barlow to score Counties 15th, her 5th and her 10th in 4 games. Beniston had played a blinder but the award of player of the match was to be Barlow’s. An all round cracking win. 8 goal  scorers: Lauren Betteridge 1, Kirsy Peat 1, Eleanor Brooks 1, Jade Beniston 1, Elle Croucher 1, Charley Maclaaren 2, Carolanne Clark 3, Sammy Barlow 5.

Notts County Ladies 1st team exit the League Cup 1-4 at the hands of East Midlands Womens Premier League outfit Ellis Town. Notts County were without any substitutes today due to illness and injury and two of the 11 players were under the weather, but the ladies from Notts County started brightly and soon got into their trade mark passing game, which resulted in them playing their football in the oppositions half and having almost all of the possession. Hazel Clark in the County goal didn’t have a save to make in the first period as the back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Robyn Henton and Susan Cronin dealt with any loose balls and were playing the ball around with confidence. Notts County created numerous goal scoring chances but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. April Bingham was terrorizing the Ellis Town defence with her runs while the midfield duo of Captain Selina Luciw and Cath Eyley bossed the middle of the park winning possession and commanding the area. County had to rely on a deflection from an Ellis Town defender to take the lead on 40 minutes, Jasmin Bear’s cross from the right was deflected into the bottom corner. County went into the break clearly playing the better football and having lots of possession but having just the 1 goal to show for their efforts when it could have and should have been more, but for poor finishing which was going to be the home sides downfall. The second period started much the same as the first period, but that was until Ellis Town made a substitution as Sal Walton (GB Hockey player olympic bronze medallists) soon made an impact with the ball over the top for Sal to run onto and confidently slot the ball in the bottom corner. County struggled to deal with her pace and after the equaliser, Ellis Town began to press quickly and County started to panic on the ball and make a few mistakes. A carbon copy of the first goal gave Ellis Town the lead and County struggled to produce the performance of the first period, Ellis Town went on to score 2 further goals and a hat-trick for Ellis Towns player of the match Sal Walton who made the difference. Notts County player of the match went to Alex Francis who ran and worked hard for the full 90 minutes. The game was a decider as to which competition teams go into, Ellis Town will meet Arnold Town in the next round of the cup while Notts County have a bye in the next round of the Plate competition. “Again another promising performance from Notts County as they continue to play attractive exciting football, the first period today was one of the best halves that we have played, making Ellis Town look ordinary but lessons have to be learned and we need to do this for the full 90 minutes. Ellis Town Manager Mick Garton hit the nail on the head and commented that Notts County were not without chances and should have finished off the game in the first 45 minutes” County are back in league action next week as they entertain Pinxton at Church Lane with a 2pm KO.


A chill in the air met Notts County Development team today at home to Teversal Ladies, but the skill, passing and finishing warmed the hearts of the players and supporters and got them a thoroughly deserved 2 – 1 win. Playing in the Senior league with most of the players still only being 16 years of age is something that will be a credit to this group of players this season and their strength in depth was increased today with the addition of Nic Tomkinson who played her part in a great win. County put together a 9 player passing move starting with Sammy Barlow and Carolanne Clark at kick off that nearly got a shot on target. This was too be the start that the team needed and saw them dominate the play with slick passing, being first to the ball and competing in every area. It was great to see the defenders of Ellie Marriott and Jade Beniston commanding their territory at the back and being expertly supported with Lucy Harris and Laura Muir at left and right back. Each report we write is hard not to include all the players’ names and this week is no exception. Certainly, no exception is Jess Knott who started on the left today and caused havoc, whilst on the right wing Eleanor Brooks delighted with crisp passing. Harris had to be sidelined for a while with a recurring injury but Abbie Gale came on and did the exact same role with the exact same result. Ashleigh Harris came on left with Charley Maclaren upfront and the pressure and passing just kept on coming but not quite the goals. Kelly Hackman the new goalkeeper had recovered over the week from a knee injury and made sure any Teversal kick and runs were met with her charging the ball down and distributing it well. However it was the desire to win the ball with Lauren Betteridge leading the way and Barlow and Kirsty Peat interchanging brilliantly that resulted in the first goal. Teversal struggled to clear the ball and Barlow and Peat just kept pushing and sending in crosses until finally a driven ball by Barlow was parried by the keeper only for MaClaren to run in and poach the rebound for a 1 –0 lead. Beniston had a free kick that was well held by the keeper and Barlow was unlucky with 2 blocked attempts. To say that Teversal were chasing the game is an understatement and thanks to a consistent referee, the decisions ensured the game was focussed on football from Counties perspective. The second half was tense and fast but County maintained the focus that was needed and continued to pass. However Betteridge decided she would get the most headers award with a fearless display and Muir got player of the match for her pure patience, coolness on the ball and passing skill. Brooks got a second run out and commanded the right side whilst Harris worked so hard she literally ran herself into the ground and had to be substituted. Knott was simply composed with all of her attacking play and could be seen feeding into Barlow at every chance so she could weave her magic. Gabi Oxley had a spell up front and made sure that Teversal had to work hard to cover her work and passing. The second goal was definitely on the cards for County and it nearly came from Marriott who was so unlucky with a terrific header that was heading for the top corner until the keeper plucked it from the air. Again County kept the possession, took the knocks, handed a few out and then got the breathing space. Barlow’s work this week was rewarded with her second assist after her shot was saved but quickest to the rebound was Clark who spun with her back to goal and fired home. Teversal always believed that they could get back in the game and made County work hard at the back but Gale, Beniston and Muir would simply not yield. Hackman maintained her positioning and dealt with corners and crosses. With less than 10 mins left Teversal got the goal they needed with a good finish from the edge of the box but County held their nerve, continued to play football and saw to a tremendous win. Scorers: Carolanne Clark 1, Charley MaClaren 1. Final score: 2 -1. Player of the Match: Laura Muir


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