The girl’s from Notts County under 16s travelled away to Westbridgford on a blustery wet and cold day. County started comfortably but despite the majority of possession it took a good 20 minutes before the magpies found the back of the net. County upto finding the net had numerous chances as Kelsea Marriott found herself in space only for her shots to go inches wide, Abbie Truman had a little dig and Sara Duffield’s long range shot going over the bar. On 20 minutes Amy Townsend received a pass from Sara and with one touch teed herself up to thump the ball over the line 0-1. A minute later Sara twisted and turned to create some space to place the ball passed the advancing keeper 0-2. Number 3 came from Kelsea with a shot from a wide angle 0-3 and just before the break Kelsea got her second as a cross came into the box for Kelsea to hit a sweet volley 0-4. Throughout the entire game County were making a number of changes and rotating players to keep them warm and experiencing different playing positions. County continued the second period where they left off as Faye Wheatley deep in midfield played the ball out wide to Jaime Clifford whose pinpoint pass found Hannah Askew who set up Jade Henderson for 0-5. Minutes later Hannah became goal scorer as she rounded the keeper to pass the ball into the bottom corner 0-6. From the centre kick Westbridgfords forward ball finds their striker and with the keeper coming across to deny space the Westbridgford player had an open goal of which she wouldn’t miss 1-6. County continued to press forward and Captain Ellie Betteridge won the ball high up the field and ran the ball forward before launching an unstoppable shot 1-7. Striker Sara Duffield who was causing the home side problems all game again skipped round and passed the defence to coolly place the ball into the back of the net 1-8. The last 2 goals to take Notts County into double figures came from player of the match Megan Weston who’s first came from a Jade Henderson cross and Megan’s second and County 10th came from a driving run through the middle finished off with a delightful strike intelligently place into the far corner 1-10. A terrific team performance which was made more pleasing as a number of players were playing in unfamiliar positions. Goals: Amy Townsend, Hannah Askew, Jade Henderson, Ellie Betteridge, Sara Duffield 2, Kelsea Marriott 2, Megan Weston 2 with Megan being awarded player of the match


For a team formed on just this season and playing only a handful of games together Notts County under 16s showed that they are a terrific team in the making as they drew 0-0 against a strong Underwood side who have enjoyed league championships and prior to this game were joint top with forest. There were chances both ends but county almost nicked the points towards the end when a shot from Leia Ward was denied by the woodwork and moments later a terrific save by the Underwood keeper denied Sara Duffield and the girls in pink with all the points. Player of the match was awarded to Faye Wheatley who put on the gloves and kept her team in with a shout.


The girl’s from Notts County under 16s travelled away to Shirebrook. The other week Shirebrook were on the end of a heavy defeat and Notts County had no intentions of inflicting the same this week as County used the game to play a number of players in unfamiliar positions, starting with Polly Lees- Collier in goal, Silvie Aske in an attacking midfield role and Amy Townsend in a wide midfield role. The game was a bit scrappy as both teams were unable to get the ball down and play a number of passes. Both sides had good scoring chances but woodwork and goalkeeping kept the ball out of the net. With 15 minutes to go before the break saw a couple of Notts County changes as Jade Henderson came on for the not so well Sara Duffield and Ellie Betteridge replacing Silvie Aske in central mid. Within 2 minutes of the change Ellie drove the ball down the right flank to whip the ball across the goal for Megan Weston on the edge of the box to strike the ball first time into the far top corner 0-1. Just minutes later a poor goal kick went straight into the path of Amy Townsend who had a touch and with her second slotted it passed the advancing keeper 0-2. The second period saw County turn on the style and begins to play the football that they can, on the floor with quick passing along with good off the ball movement. Ellie Betteridge found the back of the net as she stormed passed 2 defenders to smack the ball into the bottom corner 0-3. County soon added another to their tally when Jade Henderson skipped passed a number of defenders and thumped the ball into the back of the net 0-4. Number 5 came after jade rounded almost the entire Shirebrook team before laying the ball off to Polly to place the ball neatly into the bottom corner 0-5. County were causing Shirebrook problems down the left side with Leia Ward, Hannah Askew and Ellie Betteridge combining well, Ellie slotted the ball into the feet of Jade who was deadly in front of goal 0-6. It was 7 heaven for the magpies as they wrapped up the game with a delightful lob from Polly. The player of the match was awarded to Emily George in defence who didn’t put a foot wrong all game and stifled any Shirebrook attacks. 0-7.


The Magpies first home fixture of their new season welcomed a strong Sherwood side to Newstead Recreation Ground. The home side started well and throughout the first period it was Notts who were having large amounts of possession and playing their football in the visitors half. Sherwood threatened a couple of times with the ball over the top trying to hit on the counter. Notts were so much in control and created a number of goal scoring chances. We had to wait until the 30th minute when defending a corner, Notts cleared and played the ball wide To Abbie Truman who played the ball down the left flank to find Sara Duffield who ran the ball forward and cut inside onto her right foot to hit a long range lob into the far top corner 1-0. Notts had opportunities to put the game out of reach but failed to find the back of the net. Notts went into the break thinking they had this game in the bag as they had so much possession, The message at the break was not to concede an early goal as they knew that Sherwood would try to get a hold of the game. Well only 2 minutes into the half and Sherwood found the back of the net as Notts failed to close down quickly 1-1. A shell shocked Notts County were soon to find themselves trailing when Sherwood took the lead with a carbon copy goal 1-2. The Magpies responded 2 minutes later when Sara Duffields forward pass into Ellie Betteridge was slipped across the Sherwood box for Megan Weston to stab the ball over the line 2-2. On the hour Sherwood found the winner with a ball to the far post and was not dealt with as the Sherwood striker had a free shot 2-3. Despite a few changes Notts never looked like finding the equaliser as Sherwood was defending well. Notts County player of the match was awarded to Hannah Askew who never put a foot wrong and played with composure on the ball, a much improved performance.



Notts County under 16s eagerly kicked off their season with an emphatic display away to Pegasus Youth FC. On 15 mins County opened their scoring when Ellie Betteridge won possession deep in the Pegasus half and played the ball out wide to Kelsea Marriott who put in a cross finding Polly Collier on the far post for her to volley into the back of the net 0-1. County increased their lead with a penalty struck well right down the middle from Sara Duffield after Jamie Clifford was brought down in the box 0-2. 38 mins Ellie played a wonderful one two with Jade Henderson and set up Jade on the edge of the box for her to hit a delightful lob over the advancing defence and goalkeeper for 0-3. A number of changes were made at the break and no matter what changes you make in either personnel or positions the girls will give their all and the team is not weakened. The second half continued in the sane vain and only 2 mins in Kelsea’s corner was converted with a header from Faye Wheatley 0-4 and Kelsea became goal scorer rather than provider on 53 mins with a fine lob into the top corner 0-5. Megan Weston 2 mins later drove the ball through the middle of the Pegasus defence to slot the ball low and hard into the corner 0-6. County were well in the driving seat and this began to show as they were flooding the attacking third and playing with such confidence. On the hour Jade got her second of the afternoon when she skipped and turned her way through the defence to coolly slot the ball deep into the corner 0-7. Only minutes later Jade got her hat-trick with a carbon copy of her last goal 0-8. With 10 minutes remaining Leia Ward got onto the score sheet when Faye played a wonderful diagonal ball into Leia who fired in a lob over the defence and beating the keeper 0-9. The magpies wrapped up their first outing of the season with double figures when captain Ellie Betteridge thumped the ball through a melly into the corner leaving the keeper no chance 0-10. Player of the match was awarded to striker Jade Henderson for her hat-trick but more importantly her work rate and her creative and exciting play in front of goal. So many positives and so many outstanding player performances resulted in a terrific team performance which earned them a much deserved result, well done girls a true pleasure.


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