Notts County under 10s away to Southwell. The results for the under 10s is not to be reported as we are playing in a development league. The club have decided that to aid the players development the girl's are to have near on equal playing time and the team working on different aspects of their game, thats not to say that the result is not important, but just to say that its not the most important thing. The game started slowly, with new players finding their feet. Passes where strung together by midfield players Olivia Walker and Rebecca Shelton who looked good going forward and with the help of strong kicks forward from under the weather Phoebe Harris. County were creating chances but were unlucky. A southwell attack was broke down by good defending but put under quick pressure the clearance went the wrong side of the post. Minutes later Southwell was gifted a free kick on the edge of the area and with a rocket shot gave Jessica Thompson in goal no chance.  The Second half saw many changes in playing positions making a stronger attacking side, leading to creative play from Emma Hodges and player of the match Rebecca Shelton. Siobhan Simms returned to the pitch and kept the Southwell defence busy. New players Ellie Jackson and Lucy Walton showed great promise in midfield and in defencive roles. Jordan Pacey did her best by holding the back line together. County got  a much deserved consolation goal when Rebecca twisted and turned her marker and powered through to get behind the defence to slot the ball passed the advancing keeper into the far bottom corner. The team is showing lots of promise and in time they will be a team to be reckoned with, well done girls see you all at training!

Notts County Ladies 1 – Woodlands 5, The under 10’s first game of the season was a home fixture against Woodlands. With Emma Hodges missing it was down to new player Rebecca Shelton to partner Jordan Pacey in defence. With a midfield line up of Phoebe Harris, Siobhan Simms and Olivia Walker another new player, giving Casey Bailey free rein as striker. The first 10 minis were very even, with Captain Jessica Thompson in the Notts net, and the Woodlands keeper not being tested. The break through came in the 11 minute when Casey received a ball from midfield, beat a defender and slid the ball into the back of the net.  A minute later Woodlands had equalised and it was apparent that Jordan had an injury, this saw the introduction of Ellie Jackson, another new player. The game remained close until half time. Jordan rejoined the action at half time. Another injury this time to Casey saw Lucy Walton joining the game in midfield and Siobhan playing as striker. Woodlands took the lead 5 minutes into the second half. The girls continued to work hard, contesting every ball. Phoebe hit the post from 20 yards with a powerful right foot shot. But as the half wore on tired legs was giving Woodlands more space, and by the end of the game Woodlands had managed to score 5 goals. With 4 new players in the Notts under 10’s squad, the team management were very pleased and proud with the way every girl played, and are looking forward to next weeks game. Player of the match was awareded to Rebecca Shelton