The girls of Notts County just keep on improving and this week they didn’t disappoint with an emphatic victory over AFC Mansfield. For the first time this season the team fielded a full team but still without a first choice keeper and the player numbers allowed the team to play a 1-4-2-3-1 formation. It was on 9 minutes when the travelling Magpies found the back of the net starting from a delightful diagonal ball from Megan Weston into the path of striker Katie Robinson who confidently passed the ball passed the advancing keeper 0-1. Notts were off and running and they didn’t have to wait too long for the second when Kelsea Marriott’s long throw found Tia Martinazzoli who’s terrific long range shot rebounded off the keeper for Katie to steam in and head the ball back over the keeper 0-2. The 3rd goal saw Katie come provider when she headed the ball down into the path of Megan Weston who turned and hit the ball on the volley for 0-3. Just 2 minutes into the second period saw the Magpies continue where they left off as Tia from a wide position cut inside and unleashed a thunder bolt into the bottom far corner 0-4. Good pressing high up saw Hannah Askew win the ball and play out wide to Kelsea who ran back inside to hit a thunderous shot into top corner 0-5. Kelsea got her second of the morning when her in swinging corner fell into the far bottom corner 0-6. Kelsea was involved in the 7th goal working hard down the left side playing in Leigh Worsdale who’s delightful weighted pass enabled Katie to skip round the defender and tuck the ball into the bottom corner for her hat-trick and her teams 7th. Number 8 came from a long ball from Kelsea leaving Katie to do what she does best and slotted the ball into the top corner 0-8. Katie was involved in numerous attacks this time her hard work paying off as she chased the ball down and finding Renee Freeman with a cross for Renee’s shot to rebound straight off the keeper for her to have a second go bursting the net with a furious shot 0-9. Notts went into double figures when Katie was given space and with the ball at her feet on the edge of the box she was not going to miss and hit a sweet shot for 0-10. The black and white army wrapped up their impressive display when Emily Clark on her debut converted a cross from the edge of the 6 yard box 0-11. A good confident boosting display from the girls of Notts County but huge congratulations goes to struggling AFC Mansfield who continued to battle throughout and created a number of chances of their own and were dignified and sporting in defeat well done. Player of the match awarded to Katie Robinson not only for her five goals but for her work rate throughout the game. Goals: Katie Robinson 5, Kelsea Marriott 2, Tia Martinazolli 1, Megan Weston 1, Renee Freeman 1 and Emily Clark 1.


The 10 players of Notts County Ladies DFC Under 16’s got their first victory of the new season when Southwell visited Newstead Recreation Ground. From the off the girls in black and white stamped their authority on the game and went immediately on the attack. They found the back of the net just 6 minutes into the game when Jade Henderson turned in a Kelsea Marriott corner (1-0). Six minutes later, from deep in their own half, Kelsea’s long throw found Jade who played a square ball into Kate Robinson. Kate then set the ball backward for Hannah Askew who played a diagonal forward ball into the path of Renée Freeman who finally tucked the ball into the near post (2-0). The third County goal came from a Kelsea cross to the far post for Renée who timed her run to perfection and tapped the ball home (3-0). Just before the break, the Magpies found the back of the net once again when Hannah played the ball back to Jade on the edge of the box. Jade then smashed the ball into the far top corner (4-0). The second period continued in the same way as the first period had ended. Kelsea started the goal fest from a wide area hitting a long range shot looping into the far corner (5-0). Kelsea worked her socks off and pressed high. She won the ball from a goal kick, took a touch out of her feet and lobbed the keeper (6-0). County were in seven heaven when Jade came provider with a square ball into the feet of Hannah who drilled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area (7-0). Southwell got a much deserved consolation goal as they continued to battle. A ball down the left flank was moved inside to an unmarked Southwell player who then struck the ball sweetly, giving stand-in keeper Emily George no chance (7-1). There was a long break in play when the Southwell keeper fell awkwardly and had to leave the field of play. On the re-start, Kelsea and Hannah once again played neat football, released Kate who ran the ball forward and placed the ball with a delightful touch passed the stand-in Southwell keeper (8-1). Terrific performance girls, well done! Goalscorers: Kelsea Marriott (2), Jade Henderson (2), Renée Freeman (2), Hannah Askew, Katie Robinson. Player of the match awarded to Kelsea Marriott.


A massive improvement on last week’s performance saw the 10 players of Notts County LDFC Under 16’s team show real character and determination to pull back a 3-0 score line to 3-3 away to Riverside JFC who the week before had beaten Forest 1-0. The first 20 minutes were pretty even with the 10 County players probably edging the possession. It was on the 20th minute when the young magpies, failing to defend a corner, gave the home side a chance to take the lead with the opening goal (1-0). Five minutes later, Riverside doubled their lead when County failed to clear their lines (2-0). The girls in black and white were creating a few goal scoring opportunities of their own when Kate Robinson’s shot narrowly went the wrong side of the upright. Riverside added another when a player with far too much space hit a terrific shot and gave stand-in keeper Hannah Askew no chance (3-0). A couple of changes were made at the break with Kate Robinson going into goal due to a knock and Hannah went into her familiar mid-field position. The next 40 minutes saw Notts County play some terrific attacking football. On 50 minutes, Hannah Askew played a delightful ball over the top and into the path of Jade Henderson which left her to lob the advancing keeper (3-1). On 70 minutes, Hannah, combining well with Kelsea Marriott down the left flank, ran the ball passed her marker and hit it into the near bottom corner (3-2). Minutes later, they found the equaliser when the ball was switched wide to Kelsea who hit a terrific shot rising into the far top corner (3-3). Both teams had chances to find the winner but a draw was probably a fir result for this remarkable game. For the Magpies though, it did feel very much like a win as the 10 players had worked hard for each other to pull the game back in the second period. Goal scorers: Jade Henderson, Hannah Askew, Kelsea Marriott. Player of the match awarded to Hannah Askew.


Notts County Under 18’s made a positive start at home against Stanton Ilkeston when Emily Thorne’s shot on goal was well saved. The Magpies were without their 1st choice keeper and a couple of key players were missing due to injury and work commitments. This meant that a number of players had to step up and be counted. Molly Clifford took up the gloves and Elizabeth Williams played high up behind the striker. On 23 minutes, Notts were awarded a free kick in their own half, Sylvie Aske launched a diagonal ball over the top for Emily to bring the ball down and smashed the ball into the far bottom corner (1-0). The home side doubled their lead when Faye Wheatley played in Courtney Csomor who knocked the ball round the advancing keeper into the far bottom corner (2-0). In the final minute before the break, the visitors found the back of the net with a through ball down the centre leaving a player one on one with the keeper (2-1). The girls from Notts County came out in the second period and within 5 minutes found the back of the net when Courtney pressed the ball high up the pitch to win the ball round 2 defenders to cut inside and bury the ball into the near bottom corner (3-1). Ilkeston were not finished though and from a poorly defended corner, the visitors found the back of the net with a strike into the top corner (3-2) setting up a nervous final 10 minutes. Goal scorers: Emily Thorne, Courtney Csomor (2). Player of the match was awarded to Courtney Csomor.


Notts County’s Under 18’s travelled away to Cosby United to kick start their new season. On a blistering sunny afternoon and with an air show to contend with, the visiting team got off to a flyer. Within 2 minutes, Courtney Csomor and Ellie Betteridge combining together displayed a well worked move down the left flank, with Courtney finishing off as she cut inside to slot the ball into the far corner (0-1). The young magpies continued to create many goal scoring chances. However, shots at the keeper and sometimes too many passes in front of goal denied them time and time again. It was on the 23rd minute when they finally doubled their lead. Striker Sara Duffield received a cross ball in front of goal and hit a sweet half volley into the top netting (0-2). Fifteen minutes later, County increased their lead to 3 when Captain Ellie Betteridge in front of goal side footed the ball neatly into the top corner (0-3). Just before the break, Cosby found the net with a well taken header form a corner (1-3).The second half was a little flat although Cosby worked hard to raise their tempo which, at times, caused the visitors a few problems. Neither team could find another goal and the Notts County girls were very happy to go away with a good 3 points in their first game of the season. Good debuts from Elizabeth Williams, Jena Lliffe, Emily Thorne, Courtney Csomor, Molly Clifford and Natalie Archer. Goals from Courtney Csomor, Sara Duffield, Ellie Betteridge. Player of the match awarded to Ellie Betteridge.

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