Notts County 3 Clipstone 2, goals from Courtney Walters, Cath Eyley and Laura Cumberpatch with the player of the match being awarded to Jasmin Bear. So far into the season and Notts County Ladies finally play a home fixture as they entertain Clipstone Welfare at Church Lane. County again had a healthy turn out of players to make their team selection. The first 20 minutes were an even contest as both teams had good possession but neither really tested the goalkeepers. County thought they had slipped the offside trap but the linesman saw it differentally and County striker Bethany Wilcockson was left frustrated. The first half was without any memorable moments though County had good possession and played alot of football in the Clipstone half. A number of changes were made at the break and Notts County came out looking likely to score as minutes in Hazel Foxes pace down the flank left her marker to cut inside and unleash a strike which rebounded off the woodwork into the path of Laura Cumberpatch who's shot was skied over the bar. Clipstone were looking to play the ball over the top and their striker was in but her shot which was destined for the far bottom corner called on keeper Eleni Gospel to pull off a terrific out-stretched diving save to tip the ball around the post. The resulting corner was poorly dealt with and Clipstone was gifted a sloppy goal against the run of play. With still 30 minutes of football to play it was always felt that county would work themselves back into the game as they continued to work hard and play some attractive short passing football. The ball was worked well down the right side and switched over to Alex Francis who ran the ball forward to cut inside onto her right foot for her shot to go narrowly over the bar. County were piling on the pressure and were awarded a corner. Jasmin Bear struck a delightful floating corner into the box for Cath Eyley to head the ball home for the equaliser. The second was not long coming as Alex francis slipped the ball into the path of Laura Cumberpatch who made no mistake in slotting the ball in around the advancing keeper 2-1. Cath Eyley was replaced by Courtney Walters and within 2 minutes she found the back of the net as she got her self onto a well timed and weighted long ball from Jasmin Bear leaving Courtney to drill the ball into the bottom corner for 3-1. Clipstone replied almost immedaitely as County failed to close down the space on the edge of the penalty box which allowed the Clipstone player too much time to get a shot off which lobbed the keeper to set up a nail biting finish to an excellent game of football. Super sub Carolanne Clark came on and for the second week in succession almost made her mark as she came close to increasing her teams lead. Bethany Wilcockson replaced Shannon Ryan in the centre of the park and immediately had to leave the field as she came of worse in a heavy tackle. With 10 minutes remaining County were in the driving seat and only had to keep the ball and play simple football. Clipstone continued to try and play the long ball over the top but the pace of the County centre backs, Kayely Shaw and Serena Mason snuffed out any of Clipstone's half chances for a fine victory and a valuable 3 points. Player of the match was awarded to Jasmin Bear who played in both the right wide midfield position and later in the game as right back. Jas did not put a foot wrong and was influential in most of Notts County attacks. Well done!


Greenwood Meadows 6 v Notts County 2. Goals from Bethany Wilcockson and Courtney Walters with the player of the match being awarded to captain Selina Brierley. Not played a competitive game for 4 weeks due to teams not being able to field a team, the girl's from Notts County met an inform side in Greenwood Meadows who are flying high at the top of the table. Selecting a starting 11 from a squad of 18 players available was tough, Jessica Wade starting in goal with the back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Melanie Mcneil and Anna Howarth who clearly would have their work cut out against a team who were quick and played with flair. Battling hard in mid-field was captain Selina Brierley and Shannon Ryan with Jamin Bear and Sehrish Mumtaz on the flanks. Countys strike force was Bethany Wilcockson and Cath Eyley. Despite conceeding 4 goals in the first period the team was still in high spirits and shown no sign of allowing their heads to drop. Anna Howarth was dealing well in left back and Serena Mason as centre back was timing her tackles to perfection. Player of the match Selina Brierley worked her socks off and looked composed on the ball to distribute the ball well with fellow centre mid player Shannon Ryan showing her class as she skipped by players to slip through a ball for the strikers to get onto. County were not without their chances but on occasions they were too quick to get a shot off when another touch would have taken them closer. Changes made at the break saw Jody Shatliff replace Anna Howarth who was struggling with a knee injury, Alex Francis replaced Jasmin Bear on the right flank and a straight swop up front saw Cath Eyley make way for Courtney Walters and swopping keepers with Hazel Clark putting on the gloves. County were looking to play the ball on the ground and work a number of short passing moves which immediately brought about a goal for Bethany Wilcockson who found her self in front of goal to thump the ball into the top corner thanks to quality passing down the right side. Greenwood increased their lead with yet another good finish but credit to the County girls who continued to work hard and create goal scoring chances. A number of changes were made throughout the second period as Laura Muir and Georgina Cook played in the centre with Jasmin Bear replacing righ back Lauren Jubb who took a heavy knock. With 30 minutes remaining Carolanne Clark took up the wide left position and within a minute of being on the pitch almost got on the score sheet as she made a diagonal run in front of goal to win the ball and her shot was destined for the back of the net only for an outstreached Greenwood player to clear the ball off the line. County were still looking for another goal and it wasn't long as Courtney slipped the off-side trap with just the keeper to beat, she was driven wide of goal and the keeper bundled Courtney to the ground for the ref to point to the spot. Courtney coolly stepped up and hit a confident stike into the top corner for Notts County's 2nd of the afternoon. Greenwood who were clinical with their finishing today wrapped up the game 6-2.

Clifton 1 v Notts County 3. Goals from Bethany Wilcockson, Cath Eyley, Alex Francis with the player of the match being awarded to left back Mel Mcneil. On a blustery Sunday morning the girls of Notts County Ladies 1st team travelled away to Clifton FC. With a full team and 7 players on the bench, the management team of Andrew Eastwood, Henry Mason and Steve Allcock had plenty of options, but a win and 3 points to start the season was paramount. Jess Wade started in goal and had little to do as County were camped for most of the first period in the home sides half. County were piling on the pressure but Clifton soaked this up well, and dissapointingly at the break County had nothing to show for their efforts. Into the wind for the second period, County's back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Kayley Shaw and Mel McNeil were aware that if they gave Clifton space and time, a long range shot was very much a possibility. A few changes in midfield as captain Selena Brierley gave way for Laura Muir and Shannon Ryan went into a wide position with Alex Francis going into the middle replacing Jasmin Bear. Clifton started better and looked likely to get on the score sheet first. A poor shot from the Clifton striker gave County a let off and this seemed to spur the team on, as within 10 minutes striker Bethany Wilcockson ran the ball wide of the goal, and neatly weaved by 2 static Clifton defenders to cheekly tap the ball with the outside of her foot into the near bottom corner. County soon got their second when a cross was put in across the box for Cath Eyley to thump the ball home. 2-0 up and looking like the game was in the bag, Clifton hit County with a hammer blow, given too much space and time and from long range, Clifton struck the ball well which lobbed keeper Hazel Clark. The game was again finally poised but when Alex Francis won the ball in a wide left position, she had other ideas, running the length of the Clifton Half to cut inside and hit a thuderbolt into the far top corner to seal the victory and the 3 points they came for. Without a game now for the next 2 weeks due to a free weekend and the teams next opposition Long Eaton pulling out of the league at a late stage. Giving plenty of time to work on various phases of play etc ready for their next game on October 2nd away to Bingham.