A hat-trick for Yasmin Mosby, and braces for both Becky Anderson, Amy West, and Charlotte Steggles, helped Nottingham Forest Women romp to the top of the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier on Sunday afternoon, following a 12-1 demolition job of hosts, AFC Fylde.
Boasting a game in hand on second place Wolverhampton Wanders, the Reds were helped on their way by an own-goal in the opening minutes, and, by the half-hour mark, were already four goals to the good.
Mosby notched her first of the afternoon when tapping in Charlotte Greengrass’s effort which came back off the post, before Sophie Domingo added the third, minutes later, West getting in on the act just before the half-hour mark when she headed home a cross from captain, Lyndsey Harkin.
Anderson grabbed a quick-fire double shortly after the half-hour, the first coming after the Reds had peppered the home goal and she finally slotted home, then grabbed a second, ten minutes before the interval.
Emily Hollinshead pulled a goal back, with an effort from distance just before the interval, but the Reds restored the six-goal cushion, with a seventh of the game, and West’s second, in stoppage time, she firing home from distance as well.
Holding a 7-1 advantage at the break, Andy Cook’s side didn’t relent upon the restart either, adding three more to reach double figures by the hour mark – Mosby scored twice, to register her hat-trick (ten in ten), the latter coming from a delightful, free-kick, before Steggles added the first of two, penalties.
After a flurry of changes, with twenty remaining, Cook bringing on four, the Reds finally eased off a little, although one of those subs, Gianna Mitchell, did see an effort ruled out for offside with ten remaining, having had an effort saved moments earlier following great link-up play between her, and fellow sub, Arryana Daniels.
With the game heading into stoppage time the visitors went nap and added another two goals, Mitchell getting her goal following a great run and finish, before Steggles added a second spot-kick at the death.
Although leading Wolves on goal-difference, the Reds will have a sneaky eye on a trip to their rivals in the middle of February, before which, next up is a cup match away to Burnley (22 January) and a league game, also on the road, at Liverpool Feds (5 February) to overcome.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST – Emily Batty, Lyndsey Harkin, Georgia Hewitt (Arryana Daniels, 48), Olivia Cook, Charlotte Steggles, Sophie Domingo (Naomi Powell, 70), Yasmin Mosby, Amy West (Niamh Reynolds, 70), Becky Anderson (Mai Moncaster, 70), Hayley James, Charlotte Greengrass (Gianna Mitchell, 70)
The one game involving Notts clubs to be played in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League, came in the Premier Division clash between Arnold Eagles, and Basford United, the visitors winning 2-1 thanks to a brace from Jessica Shaw, the hosts netting via Demi-Leigh Crofts.
There was also several games played in the Nottinghamshire Girls & Ladies League, including a change at the top of Seniors One as Mansfield Town Development disposed Retford with a 1-0, home win over them, Town leading by a point with both having played ten apiece.
Keyworth United meanwhile moved into third place with a 5-3 win at home to Teversal, and in the Senior Cup, Nottingham Trent University romped to a 9-1 win away to Bingham Town, Ruby Cole with a hat-trick, alongside braces for both Beth Ryan and Melissa Townson.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFCWomen the Reds secured a record win at Fylde.