It was three wins out of three for Nottingham Forest’s Women’s teams on Sunday, with their Seniors hitting seven without reply when in the north-east, and both their Reserves, and Development sides, also winning on the road.
Away to Middlesbrough Women, in the FA Women’s National League Premier North, Andy Cook’s charges put on their scoring boots to fire seven past their Teesside hosts, with only two coming in the first period.
Mai Moncaster and Charlotte Greengrass were the beneficiaries of the first two goals for the Reds, the former of which would grab her second early in the second half.
A quick-fire brace, in the 75 and 79 minute, from Greengrass, to complete her hat-trick, had the Reds out-of-sight heading into the final ten minutes, before further goals, from Naomi Powell, and a stoppage-time, seventh, from returning Red, Amy West, completed the rout.
Although rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers have clinched the title, there’s still a slim chance of finishing runners-up, whilst, with two cup finals also to look forward to, there’s a lot still to play for as the season heads towards its conclusion.
Reds Head Coach, Andy Cook, named the following starting eleven in the trip to Teesside – Aja Aguirre, Lyndsey Harkin, Rachel Brown, Charlotte Steggles, Mai Moncaster, Niamh Reynolds, Grace Walters, Becky Anderson, Hayley James, Charlotte Greengrass, Naomi Powell
Elsewhere for the Reds, Sarah Richardson’s Reserves outfit, who’ve also lost out on championship success, to rampant title winners, Wolves, finished their campaign with a four-game winning streak, defeating hosts Loughborough Lightning 2-1.
Looking to hold onto runners-up (West Bromwich Albion still have games to play), the Reds Reserves battle home with goals from Bea Hembrough and Jessica Waplington, whilst in the East Midlands Regional Women’s Football league Division One South, the Reds’ Development side snuck a narrow, 1-0 win, away to Thrapston Ladies, the only goal of the game coming from Jessica Shaw.
Midweek in the EMWRFL, Premier Division, and the Nottinghamshire Derby would see hosts Notts County Women, and visitors Mansfield Town Ladies, battle to a goalless draw, the second time they’ve shared the spoils this season after Adam Dunleavy’s side earned a 1-1 draw at Andi Bell’s Mansfield earlier in the campaign.
Disappointed with a point, Mansfield with aspirations of a top-two finish, they still have some six league games (and two cup finals) to play, five of the former coming at home, including two of the three sides above them in the table.
The respective line-ups for the two sides in the local derby would see Dunleavy start with – Phiippa Davies, Mollie Crump, Holly Fowler, Hannah Kiddle, Emma White, Nya Chambers, Ellie Rowson, Shoniqua Barnes, Emily Stretton, Summer Gayle, Amy Wells; whilst Bell led with that of – Beth Jones, Amy Dawson, Monica Bowley, Maia Taylor, Kirsty Allen, Shannon Purdy, Nikki Wigman, Mathilda Evans, Gabby Foulkes, Jess Parker, Ellie Marshall
Back to Sunday though, and County were involved in an eight-goal tussle with leaders Chesterfield, finally succumbing to a 5-3 defeat.
Losing 2-1 at the break, Dunleavy’s charges would battle to the end, registering three against a side who’d only conceded fourteen prior, Notts’ goals coming from Shoniqua Barnes, Summer Gayle, and an own-goal, Millie Standen with a brace for the victors.
Victory for Chesterfield sees them maintain a four-point advantage, however, title challengers Northampton Town, Lincoln United, and Mansfield Town, all have sufficient games in hand to catch up, or overhaul, the front-runners; defeat for County meanwhile, sees them stuck in sixth, on eighteen points, but with games in hand on those beneath them in the table.
Four games involving Nottinghamshire clubs were played in Division One North, Neil Matthews’ Arnold Eagles romping to a 7-0 success of their own, when home to bottom club, Cleethorpes Town, both Amy Gauvrit (now sixteen in sixteen), and Natasha Leach (moves onto twenty-seven, in fourteen), registering hat-tricks, Michelle Morphus (her first of the season) also scoring,.
It was a victory that would see a rampant Eagles side who, with two home games remaining, will be looking to wrap up the season in style, and could wrap up the title, with a point, against Grimsby Town, on Easter Sunday.
Elizabeth Stocks fired a four-goal salvo for Nottingham Trent University, as they won 4-2 away to fellow Notts side, SSJR Worksop, thus keeping alive hopes of finishing as runners-up, whilst in the bottom half of the table, Notts County Development lost 2-1 away to Grimsby Borough, and Sherwood won 3-1 at home to Sleaford Town.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFCWomen a good day for Forest who hit seven up in the North East.