Magnificent Magpies slay Sleaford to rise to second

Magnificent NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT, based in Linby, swept into second place in the East Midlands Women’s League (Division One North) by slamming Sleaford Town Ladies 5-1.

Sleaford began the day just above County in the table, but were no match for the locals, who will be hoping for a repeat performance in the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Women’s County Cup this weekend.

With new signing Laura Allcock making her debut between the sticks, The Magpies got off a dream start when Androulla Kokkinou unleashed a shot into the bottom corner after only five minutes.

The visitors couldn’t contain the trickery of Kokkinou, who struck again ten minutes later. And it wasn’t long before top scorer Courtney Walters was driving into the roof of the net after a delightful pass by midfielder April Bingham.

Sleaford pulled one back with a contentious penalty, but County replied immediately to lead 4-1 at the break when hard-working player-of-the-match Anna Horton buried a fine shot.

The Magpies continue to enjoy most of the possession in the second period and added a fifth goal when Bingham’s through ball was thundered into the top corner by Robyn Henton.

BOUNCEBACKABILITY was the key to NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT RESERVES in their latest Notts Ladies League match.

For not only did they bounce back from a poor performance the previous week, they also recovered from going 2-0 down away to Clifton Ladies.

Even though they had only 11 fit players, County battled to a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Katrina Bloomer, who converted a cross by winger Ashleigh Harris, and Jessie Knott, who pounced in the last minute.

New signing Leah Ctester also had a hand in the goal, while captain Ellie Marriott and player-of-the-match Lauren Wilson led by example.

A GOAL ten minutes from time earned depleted NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT UNDER-16S a 2-1 victory away to stubborn Keyworth United in the Notts Girls League.

At a cold and windy Platts Lane, second-placed County looked to be heading for defeat when a goalkeeping error gifted Keyworth the lead .

And later in the game, they were reduced to only nine players because of injuries to Kelsea Marriott (nasty knock to the foot) and Abbie Truman (blow to the head).

But after firm words from the management at half-time, Sara Duffield equalised, twisting and turning before smacking into the bottom corner, and Polly Collier ran on to a through ball to beat the advancing goalie for the dramatic, late winner.

As County survived a frantic finale, the player-of-the-match award went to Megan Watson, who grafted hard.