Reds Hit Six On Pilgrimage

Nottingham Forest reached the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time in over decade at the weekend following a 6-1 demolition of hosts Plymouth Argyle.

Their reward for victory will be a home tie with Everton, to be played on the weekend of 10-11 February, Carly Davies’ side no doubt itching to go deeper in this seasons’ competition.

Away to Plymouth, and the Reds would dominate throughout, taking a two-goal interval lead courtesy of a first half brace from Louanne Worsey, she opening the scoring after quarter of an hour when latching on to a great through-ball from Becky Anderson before drifting beyond the home ‘keeper to score, then doubling the visitors advantage on the stroke of half-time when getting on the end of a cross from out wide by Sophie Domingo to fire home, and take her tally to ten this campaign.

Within minutes of the restart and the Reds kicked open the floodgates when Holly Manders stuck one into the bottom corner for her eleventh of the season, and less than ten minutes later it was four when Domingo, having been provider for the second, got herself on the score-sheet, this time Worsey with the assist as her low cross was tucked away at the near post.

Following a handful of changes late in the game, they would be seen to pay instant dividends when, with fifteen remaining, one of those, Mai Moncaster, who’d only been on the field a matter of minutes having replaced Domingo, got herself amongst the goals, whipping a stunning effort into the far corner.

Minutes later and the rout was wrapped up when Mollie Green’s deep cross drifted goal-bound and into the net whilst the hosts snatched a late consolation, at the death, as Jade Berrow headed home an Argyle free-kick, the Reds claiming an emphatic, 6-1 win, thus progressing to fifth for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign.

Nottingham Forest – Emily Batty, Lyndsey Harkin, Natalie Johnson (Laura-Jayne O’Neill, 87), Sophie Domingo (Mai Moncaster, 73), Holly Manders (Niamh Reynolds, 64), Louanne Worsey (Charlotte Greengrass, 73), Mollie Green, Freya Thomas, Becky Anderson, Alice Keitley, Abi Cowie (Chloe Dixon, 64)

Next up for the Reds, a trip to Tyneside, and Newcastle United, at Kingston Park, on Sunday 21 January, before a home game with Burnley a week later, both in the league; elsewhere in the Adobe Women’s FA Cup, Wolverhampton Wanderers also progressed following a 2-1 win away to Reading (they host Brighton & Hove Albion in the next round), whilst there was defeats for Derby County, Burnley, and Newcastle.

Elsewhere in Nottinghamshire it was slim pickings with only four goals scored by Notts clubs, over six games, and six local sides failing to score (also the presence of two derbies), Notts County falling to a narrow, 1-0 defeat, away to Sheffield FC in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands, the only goal coming via a header inside ten minutes.

Those in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League didn’t fare much better either, Mansfield Town being held to a goalless draw against Anstey Nomads in the Premier Division, whilst In Division One Central, there was goals between Beaumont Park and Arnold Eagles, the visitors winning 3-2 thanks to an early brace from Natasha Leach, and a late, match-winning third, from Courtney Walters.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @NFFCWomen the Forest team line up after reaching round five of the FA Cup.

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