The newly formed Notts County Under 16 side had a baptism of fire as they welcomed Retford at home to Newstead Recreation ground. The Magpies who were without a goalkeeper and with only 10 players available for their first game of the season had an uphill challenge before a ball was kicked. The girls in black and white had good spells but unfortunately this was not enough as Retford went on a shooting frenzy. County failed to press the ball well enough, giving the opposition too much time. The second period was an improvement, as they finally began to compete and believe in themselves. The first of the two County goals came from a well taken goal from Jade Henderson and the second from Tia Martinazzoli. Good work rate from Renée Freeman in a wide midfield position and Leigh Worsdale in the back four along with Tamara Miles driving the ball forward and looking to create chances. The team are away next week to Riverside and with a full team they will be looking to improve. Goals from Jade Henderson, Tia Martinazzoli. Player of the match awarded to Renée Freeman.

Notts County Ladies under 16s welcomed Gedling Southbank to Newstead Recreational ground for their quarter final League Cup fixture. County sitting in runners up spot, Gedling mid-table and with the prospect of a semi-final place was a good leveller and this shown for part of the first period. Despite County’s pressure Gedling defended well but on 25 minutes the young magpies unlocked the deadlock when captain Ellie Betteridge threading a ball through to Faye Wheatley who played in Polly Lees-Collier who’s shot hit the inside of the roof of the net 1-0. No matter how they tried County were unable to find a way through and it remained at 1-0 going into the break. Gedling were quick out the blocks in the second period and hit on the counter down the right side with a ball played inside for a shot which was spilled allowing the quick thinking striker to stroke the ball into the net 1-1. County a little shell shocked very soon found another gear with Ellie Betteridge taking the game by the scruff of the neck and driving the ball forward at every opportunity. County re-took the lead when a Faye Wheatley shot rebounded off the keeper for the quick thinking Kelsea Marriott to pounce and pop it into the bottom corner 2-1. County’s 3rd came from Kelsea Marriott driving the ball down the flank executing a stop turn deep into the corner to play in Faye Wheatley who slipped the ball inside for striker Jade Henderson to lob the keeper 3-1. They wrapped up the game with Jades second as she won the ball from a goal kick skipped round a defender and smacked the ball into the top corner 4-1. The victory secures the stripes with their 2nd semi-final place as they take on Nottingham Forest next week in the Notts FA Shield. Player of the match today went to Megan Weston for her clean sheet in the first period and her second half performance making some crunching tackles, shots on goal and her defence splitting passes. Goals: Jade Henderson 2, Polly Collier 1, Kelsea Marriott 1.


Notts County Ladies under 16s kicked off their first game of the new year with a new kit kindly sponsored by Broadoake of Bolsover, Chesterfield who manufacturer UPVC windows, doors and Conservatories. The girl’s proudly wearing their new black and white kit: Back L to R: Jaime Cliiford, Sarah Perkins, Faye Wheatley, Polly Lees Collier, Kelsea Marriott, Jade Henderson, Ellie Betteridge and Leia Ward. Front L to R: Emily George, Sylvie Aske, Amy Townsend, Abbie Truman, Hannah Askew, Sara Duffield and Megan Weston. The girl’s continued their remarkable season with a 5-2 win at home to mid table Arnold Yellow. On 18 minutes Sarah Duffield twisted and turned the ball into the Arnold box and her cross bobbled out to the edge of the box for Faye Wheatley to thump the ball into the bottom corner 1-0. Arnold equalised on the half hour mark as the black and white army failed to make a tackle and allowed the ball to be ran almost the entire length of the pitch 1-1. County replied when Hannah Askew on the back post received the ball from a Abbie Truman corner and squeezed the ball under the keeper 2-1. The second period saw the home side play much better as they began to pass and be more creative in the attacking third. They soon increased their lead when Ellie Betteridge’s shot rebounded off the woodwork for Sara Duffield to side foot the ball into the bottom corner 3-1. The fourth came when Sarah lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box 4-1. County’s fifth started from mid-field when Megan Weston’s diagonal forward pass into Kelsea Marriott on the left flank to step inside open up her body to place the ball into the far top corner 5-1. In the dying minutes Arnold got a consolation with a well taken goal giving stand in keeper no chance 5-2. Player of the match was awarded to centre back Amy Townsend who didn’t put a foot wrong and was composed on the ball looking to always play the ball out. The girl’s next game is against Gedling in the quarter finals of the league cup and the following week its the Notts FA Shield semi-final against Nottingham Forest.


The girl’s of Notts County under 16s were looking to put in a good performance away to mid-table Arnold. County despite winning their last couple of games had not played at their best and today’s game was very much about playing the right way and looking to improve their performance. Playing with the ball on the floor County were looking to pass the ball around with confidence, Arnold had other ideas and were pressing quickly. County had good possession and playing in the home side’s half but despite the pressure and chances they were unable to find the back of the net as the Arnold keeper was showing her quality. Any long range shots were easily being dealt with and it would require some quality closer to goal to take the lead. Arnold at the other end had a long range shot tipped over the bar by stand in keeper Faye Wheatley. County finally found the back of the Arnold goal when Captain Ellie Betteridge headed in a Kelsea Marriott corner 0-1. County were pleased with their first half performance but needed to be more clinical in front of the goal and were asked to drive the ball into the goalkeeping area before pulling the trigger. This they did as Ellie Betteridge was driving forward as was Jade Henderson but the success came from Sara Duffield who skipped past a number of Arnold defenders and hit a sweet shot with the outside of her boot to beat the keeper 0-2. What followed was a number of strange referring decisions, one which awarded Arnold with a free kick and after a number of passes resulted in a lob giving the keeper very little chance 1-2. County saw the game out with a much improved performance with player of the match being awarded to wide midfielder Polly Collier for her work rate up and down the pitch. The magpies go into the Christmas break sitting in second spot just behind Nottingham Forest


Notts County Ladies under 16s travelled to a cold windy Platts Lane the home of Keyworth United. County played Keyworth a month ago in the Notts FA challenge shield completion and despite winning 3-0 it was a tough encounter and difficult to break them down, so they knew what they were likely to be up against. Keyworth didn’t disappoint as they were clearly up for the game as they closed down quickly and were battling for every ball. Playing against the wind the young magpies were struggling to play the ball out from the back and Keyworth’s through balls and pacey strikers were causing problems. Just before the break a keeper error gifted Keyworth with the opener 1-0. Firm words at half-time and a reminder of what this team can achieve saw the visitors play with a bit more purpose and with the wind on their backs were playing large spells in the home sides half. County without a substitute had wide midfielder Kelsea Marriott fouled and she no longer played a part in this game with a nasty foot injury and a request to Santa for a new pair of boots. With ten players County were pushing hard for the equaliser which came from Sara Duffield who twisted and turned her way through the bodies in front of goal to smack the ball into the bottom corner 1-1. When things were looking up County were hit another blow when Abbie Truman received a blow to the head and despite wanting to continue left the game with County now playing with 9 players, rather than sitting back and defending the magpies continued to push for the winner and with 10 minutes remaining County took the lead when Polly Collier ran onto a through ball and helped the ball on passed the advancing keeper 1-2. The last minutes were frantic as Keyworth were throwing everything at it and Notts looked to see the game out. Player of the match was awarded to Megan Weston who battled well and played some neat passing football. Credit must go to Keyworth who battled throughout but County who were clearly not at their best pulled off a fine victory and with 9 players for a big chunk of the game.


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