The home side started well and were playing in the visitors half. On 15 minutes wide player Kelsea Marriott received the ball on the edge of the box and set up striker Jade Henderson with a neat square ball for Jade to thump the ball into the bottom left corner 1-0. County doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Polly Collier on the opposite flank switched the play with a terrific pass for Jade to run onto and skip past defenders finishing off with a cool strike for 2-0. The team that relish a challenge were given a few for the second period and they didn’t disappoint. Ilkeston had a bit of bad luck as a clearance close to goal was miss kicked and spun back over the goal line 3-0. County got a fourth when a Kelsea's corner was set back for Leia Ward on the edge of the box to smash the ball into the top corner 4-0. A throw in deep in County’s half from Polly into Sarah Duffield who ran the ball forward and twisted and turned herself into the box to set up Ellie Betteridge to pass the ball into the net 5-0. In the dying minutes Ilkeston got a consolation goal when County failed to deal with a corner and the shot went through a number of bodies to un-sight the keeper 5-1. A pleasing performance from Notts County as they played with creativity and took on the challenges thrown at them. Player of the match again could have gone to a number of players today as Emily George had a good solid performance in defence as did Hannah Askew and Amy Townsend who always looked to play the ball out of defence with good composure on the ball. Both Polly Collier and Kelsea Marriott had good games on the flanks but the player of the match was awarded to Sarah Duffield who worked hard and was creative on the ball to set up attacks and goal scoring chances.

Notts County under 16s were without a league fixture and organised a friendly against a strong undefeated team in Oadby Dynamos from Leicester. County used the game to continue the development of the players and team with every player playing in an unfamiliar position with defenders playing in attack and attackers defending with striker Sara Duffield in goal. The girl’s responded well to the challenge and went into the break 1-1 thanks to Hannah Askew who converted a Kelsea Marriott corner. County without a 1st choice keeper made a change and Abbie Truman volunteered to take up the gloves. The second period saw the visitors take the lead after a mix up but both teams were equal and both teams had chances. A valuable game to keep the momentum going as the Magpies are sitting 2nd in the league with Gedling Southbank their opposition next week.


The girl’s from Notts County under 16s travelled away to Keyworth in the Notts FA shield quarter final. A slow scappy start as both teams were struggling to get hold of the ball with both teams pressing quickly.The game required a player to take the game by the scuff of the neck and captain Ellie Betteridge did just that as she came on after 30 minutes and injected some belief and desire within the team as chances were created with shots hitting the crossbar and the post. On 40 minutes the magpies found the back of the net as from a Keyworth goal kick Leia Ward pressed quickly to win the ball and set up Jade Henderson to the slot the ball passed the keeper 0-1. Ten minutes into the second period County doubled their lead when Emily George deep in defence won the ball and played a square ball into Jamie Clifford who played into Megan Weston in the middle of the park who slipped a beautiful weighted pass into the path of Ellie Betteridge who ran the ball forward down the middle to lob the keeper 0-2. Five minutes later the game was wrapped up as Sara Duffield thumped the ball into the back of the net from a well worked corner 0-3. The team secure their place in the next round after a below par performance but still managed 3 goals and a clean sheet. Player of the match was awarded to right back Jamie Clifford who battled throughout and was composed on the ball to set up a number of County attacks.


An eagerly awaited game as Notts County under 16s welcomed undefeated and top of the table Nottingham Forest to Newstead Recreation Ground. As expected the game was played at a good tempo but it was Notts County who were having the better of the exchanges and creating goal scoring chances. On 30 minutes Forest made a number of substitutions and almost immediately they had the ball in the back of the net from a neat diagonal ball finding a player with far too much time and space 0-1. It was a cruel blow as the home side were playing the better football but were just missing that killer instinct in front of goal. Mid-field player Abbie Truman had to make way for Emily George when she twisted her knee. County were pressing high up the pitch and putting Forest under lots of pressure which forced them to pass the ball backwards and the keeper picked the ball up which resulted in an in-direct free kick on the edge of the box. Leia Ward passed the ball sideways for Sara Duffield to hit a thunderbolt into the underside roof netting 1-1. Minutes later Sara was bundled to the ground and made way for Kelsea Marriott. County continued in the second period where they left off and took the lead when a long ball from the keeper found striker Jade Henderson who ran onto the ball and despite being under pressure from a retreating defender Jade held strong and placed the ball round the advancing keeper 2-1. County increased their lead when Kelsea Marriott from a wide position pulled inside to unleash a terrific strike into the far top corner 3-1. Despite the cushion Forest were not going to lie down and they started to play with purpose and were pinning back the County defence and went close as a shot hit the crossbar and then the upright. Forest got their reward as from the left side they slipped inside to hit the ball into the far bottom corner 3-2. The game was wrapped up when Jade Henderson went on a solo effort rounding the Forest defence and thumping the ball into the bottom corner 4-2. Player of the match was awarded to Jade as she worked hard throughout by denying Forest much time on the ball by pressing quickly high up the pitch. Goals: Jade Henderson 2, Kelsea Marriott 1 Sara Duffield 1. The team are away next week in the Notts FA Shield quarter final against Keyworth United.


Notts County Ladies Development under 16s entertained visitors AFC Vernon at Newstead Recreation ground. The game was scrappy at times as neither team were stringing together any number of passes with the blustery wind playing its part. It was the home side that took the lead thanks to a well taken goal from Jade Henderson and then the lead was doubled only moments later thanks to Kelsea Marriott from a well worked corner. Any Vernon attacks were stifled from excellent defending from the teams back four of Jaime Clifford, Sylvie Aske, Amy Townsend and Sarah Perkins. Almost from the start of the second half a long range shot aided by the wind dropped the wrong side of Hannah Askew in goal to set up a nervy few minutes. It was Jade Henderson’s second goal that steadied the nerves with a well taken solo effort 3-1. A couple of changes were made and Kelsea received the ball in a wide midfield position and ran the ball towards the goal being pursued by the Vernon defender, when faced with the goalkeeper Kelsea smashed the ball into the top corner. The game was wrapped up with the fith of the morning when the ball was half cleared from a melly in front of the visitors goalmouth for player of the match Faye Wheatley to place her shot out the reach of the keeper for a final score of 5-1.


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