It’s three-wins-from three, ten goals scored, and zero conceded for Andy Cook and his Nottingham Forest Women after they won again on Sunday afternoon, seeing off visitors, Liverpool Feds, 2-0 at Eastwood.
Naming an unchanged, starting eleven, from the side that won by the same margin, when home to AFC Fylde, last time around, Forest, again, could have won by a much greater score than they did.
Both goals for the Reds arrived in a dominant, first period, Mai Moncaster opening the scoring inside fifteen minutes, for her second of the season, the goal arriving after both sides had created early chances.
Although play was held up midway through the first period, due to an injury to a visiting player, that failed to stop the Reds’ momentum and, as the game ticked towards the interval, they added a second, effectively killing it off.
Having been awarded a penalty, Charlotte Steggles stepped up to stroke home her third goal of the season, from twelve yards.
Both sides continued to create chances throughout the second period but the Reds held onto what is the only, hundred percent record, in the division, after the early matches of the season.
Nottingham Forest – Emily Batty, Lyndsey Harkin, Georgia Hewitt, Olivia Cook, Charlotte Steggles, Sophie Domingo (Amy West, 68), Mai Moncaster (Gianna Mitchell, 68), Niamh Reynolds (Naomi Powell, 80), Becky Anderson, Hayley James (Aryana Daniels, 86), Charlotte Greengrass
Next up for the Reds, a trip to Division One Midlands side, Leek Town Ladies, in the Determining Round of the FA Women’s National League Cup, on Sunday 11 September, before returning to league action, on the 18 September, when they host leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers Women.
Wolves took over leadership on Sunday, they and Burnley having played a game more than the Reds, the Black Country side seeing off visitors Lougborough Lightning 4-0 at the weekend, whilst Burnley drew 3-3 at home to Huddersfield Town.
Other results in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division saw Derby County dismantle visitors Boldmere St Michaels 6-1, Stoke City defeat Brighouse Town 1-0, whilst the game between West Bromwich Albion and AFC Fylde, finished goalless.
Meanwhile, Forest’s Reserves, playing in the FA Women’s National League Reserve Midland Division, kicked off their new season on Sunday, winning 3-0 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles Development.
Summa Betts continued her fine form from last season by starting the new one with a brace, notching a goal in each half, whilst Takiah Burnett also scored for the Reds; Stoke City Reserves lead the way following a 6-1 win away to Sporting Khalsa Development.
The East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League also began their new season at the weekend, and, with ten, Notts sides in the EMWRFL, it’s going to be a busy campaign, in both league, and cup competitions.
Three of the four Notts clubs began their Premier Division season, Arnold Eagles unlucky to lost 3-2 when home to Anstey Nomads, more after taking a two-goal, interval lead, through Amy Gauvrit and Mollie Rowden, the Nomads though took the points thanks to second half goals from Simran Singh, and substitutes Katie Connor and Emily Sowler.
Meanwhile, Basford United started their new-look with a 1-0 home win over Rotherham United, Summer Reece with the only goal of the game, and Notts County Women, they edged themselves to a 2-1 win away to Lincoln United.
Four of their new signings made the matchday squad, Emily Boultbee and Nikki Emery both starting for County, whilst Emma Scoffham and Laura Vine came on in the second half; it would be County who’d take an interval lead, Shoniqua Barnes starting where she left off last season, rounding the home ‘keeper after just nine minutes.
The hosts levelled the game within minutes of the restart and, with the visitors brining on the two debutants during the second, claimed all three points with a little over ten remaining when Nya Chambers, she also picking up where she left off, lifted her effort into the goal to snatch a hard-fought, 2-1 victory.
Notts County – Philipa Davies, Mollie-Mae Crump, Molly Boultbee, Holly Fowler, Emily Stretton, Amy Wells, Emma White, Nikki Emery, Shoniqua Barnes, Nya Chambers
There were two derbies to start the season, in Division One Central, as County’s Development side fell to a 2-1, opening day defeat, to newly-promoted Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Amy Jones with a brace for the victors, Phoebe Roe netting for the hosts.
Zoe Meyrick was on the scoresheet for Sherwood Women as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat at home to Ilkeston Town, for whom Rachel Broughton-Mee notched a brace, and West Brdigford Colts started life in the EMWRFL with a seven-goal thriller at home to fellow Notts side, Nottingham Trent University.
Trailing by one at the break, the Colts regrouped in the second to take all three points as substitutes Sophie Hardy (two), and Fran Godbehere both netted, alongside one for Megan Smith, NTUs goals coming via Alice Rogers, and a brace for Charlotte Gardiner-Banks.
The other, EMWRFL fixture involving a Notts side saw SJR Worksop lose 1-0 at home to Sleaford Town, Lauren Alderson netting the only goal of the game.
A couple of games were also played in the Nottinghamshire Girls & Ladies League Seniors Division One, Mansfield Town Development winning 3-1 at home to Arnold Eagles Flyers, Grace Shipman with two and one for Beth Mortiboy, and Sports Gateway Hucknall won 2-0 at home to Teversal, goals coming from Shannon Craske and Kara Shore.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFCWomen Forest Women celebrate v Liverpool Feds.