An evening kick off away to Eastwood Community at Coronation Ground had the feeling of familiarity. Notts County 1st team started strong with Courtney Walters and Anna Horton working well together but failing to hit the target. A hand ball gifted Jasmin Bear a free kick only to be parried away. Eastwood were then awarded a free kick from a late tackle giving them the opportunity to take the lead (1-0). Play got a bit scrappy with numerous free kicks going our way but shots were going wide and hitting side netting. The second half saw a well worked manoeuvre between Robyn Henton and Jasmin setting up Anna Horton to release a shot wide off the keeper into the bottom corner (1-1). The more experienced side put in a lob taking the lead (2-1). A series of subs were made which spread defence and County leaked another goal (3-1). Goal from Anna Horton. Player of the Match awarded to Robyn Henton. Team: Allcock, Bear, Bradshaw, Mason, Wibberley, Evans, Bingham, Henton, Horton, Kokkinou, Walters. Subs: Steeples, Fisher, Barnes .


For their second game of the new season, Notts County travelled away to established Premier side Ellistown WFC. The first period was end to end stuff in an open game, with both sides having chances and the best coming from County’s Robyn Henton and April Bingham. Neither team could break the deadlock and they went into the break goalless. The second period was much of the same but Ellistown pushed for the goal putting the pressure on County’s defence who didn’t let down. The Home side’s perseverance eventually pulled off and they took the lead with a well taken goal (1-0). County responded well but failed to find the equaliser. Despite the disappointment of coming away with nothing, the girls have proved that they are competitive and belong in the Premier League. Player of the Match awarded to April Bingham. Team: Allcock, Bear, Mason, Wibberley, Evans, Bingham, Henton, Horton, Steeples, Barlow, Walters. Subs: Kokkinou, Barnes, Bradshaw.

It’s a funny old game as despite having good possession for the majority of the game and creating numerous chances, Notts County Ladies DFC still lost 3-2 to the visitors of Gedling Town Ladies FC in their first outing of the new season in the regional Premier League. County were the first to find the back of the net when Captain Jasmin Bear coolly converted from the spot (1-0). In spite of constant pressure and a display of creativity in front of the goal, the Magpies struggled to convert, faced with good keeping and, at times, poor finishing. In the final minute of the 1st half, Gedling hit on the counter and found the equaliser with a good finish (1-1). Gedling took the lead early in the 2nd period (1-2) but County responded shortly after when April Bingham cut inside and smashed the ball into the far top corner (2-2). County looked to be the team most likely to find the winner until the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors to the amazement of the home side, who felt the foul had been committed by the opposition. Gedling converted the penalty (2-3) to take all 3 points whilst County felt cheated. The players will dust themselves down and march onto their next game away to Ellistown WFC. Goals from Jasmin Bear and April Bingham. Player of the Match awarded to Robyn Henton. Team: Allcock, Bear, Harvey, Bradshaw, Evans, Bingham, Henton, Horton, Steeples, Fisher, Walters. Subs: Mohammed, Don.

Notts County Ladies 1st team had to switch their pitch at short notice due to a waterlogged Coronation Park as they entertained a struggling West Bridgford side. With almost a minute on the clock the lady pies found the back of the West Bridgford net when April Bingham ran the ball forward slipped it inside for striker Lauren Yeomans to pop it over the advancing keeper 1-0. From the restart County almost doubled their lead when Anna Horton’s shot hit the post but only 2 minutes later they doubled their lead when Natasha Watson ran the ball from the half-way line to cross the ball in front of goal for striker Courtney Walters to hit first time into the bottom corner 2-0. On the 8th minute from a wide angle Anna Horton smashed the ball with her left foot into the far top corner 3-0. We had to wait a full 10 minutes for number four as Aprils cross was converted with a first time shot for Natasha’s first goal for the club 4-0. West Bridgford put up a battle and worked their socks off but county’s quality of passing and movement was difficult to contain. Just before the break county were awarded a free kick wide of the penalty area of which Jasmin Bear floated in for the ball to drop over the keeper into the far bottom corner 5-0. Early in the second period Natasha made way for Nicola Tomkinson and on 60 minutes keeper Laura Allcock played the ball out wide to Jas, whose forward pass found April who set the ball back for Jas to hit over the top into the path of Courtney who stabbed the ball passed the advancing keeper 6-0. Five minutes later deep into County’s left corner Anna Horton turned her marker played the ball to the feet of Jas who again found April who ran 30 yards and played a square ball into Courtney who hit first time into the bottom corner for her hat-trick 7-0. Not only a good result but an excellent team performance, displaying passing football at its best. Player of the match was awarded to wide midfield player April Bingham who was instrumental in numerous goal scoring chances and a work rate seconded by no other on the pitch. The team next week look forward to an away trip to Retford.

Notts County Ladies Senior Development 1st team welcomed Alfreton to Coronation Park for their first home league game of the New Year. County still missing a few key players due to injury had to call upon the clubs reserve team, with Ellie Marriott and Charley MaClaren doing themselves proud. The magpies were never really troubled in the first period and it took only 11 minutes to find the back of the visitor’s goal. A Jasmin Bear corner floated into the box was not cleared and Courtney Walters shot on the edge of the area was flicked on by fellow strike partner Lauren Yeomans wrong footing the keeper 1-0. County were having good possession and pressing quickly not allowing Alfreton out of their half. Another corner this time found the head of Anna Horton who headed it down destined for goal but cleared off the line. On 30 minutes County doubled their lead when a pass back was pounced on by the quick thinking of April Bingham who pushed the ball past the keeper 2-0. Only 2 minutes later and County found number 3 when Robyn Hentons through ball defence splitting pass allowed Courtney Walters to run onto and confidently slotted the ball into the near top corner 3-0. County were having wave after wave of attacks with April going close as her 1 on 1 with the keeper. Alfreton just before the break hit on the counter with a ball over the top for their shot to be screwed wide. The second period saw Alfreton come more into the game and creating a few chances but Kelly Hackman in the County goal was on top form and pulled off a terrific save. County were dealt a blow 10 minutes into the second half when defender Courtney Evans was stretched off after a nasty injury. A bit of a re-shuffle and a change of formation didn’t do too much harm as on 65 minutes Lauren Yeomans twisted and turned her marker played a quick one two and having just the keeper to beat slotted the ball into the far bottom corner 4-0. Player of the match was awarded to wide midfield player April Bingham.


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