Confident NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT UNDER-16S kicked off the new year with a new kit, a win and a massive boost ahead of two big cup-ties.
The Linby-based Magpies proudly sported the kit, which has been sponsored by the company Broadoake M1 Ltd, of Bolsover, Chesterfield, who manufacture UPVC windows, doors and conservatories.
And they christened it in style with a 5-2 victory over Arnold Town Yellow to stay second in the Notts Ladies League table, three points behind leaders Nottingham Forest with a game in hand.
Now County can’t wait for a league cup quarter-final against Gedling Southbank this coming Sunday, followed by a Notts FA County Shield semi-final against Forest the following weekend.
They took the lead against Arnold in the 18th minute when Sara Duffield’s cross found Faye Wheatley, who thumped a shot into the bottom corner.
Arnold equalised on the half-hour, but County were soon back in front as Abbie Truman’s corner to the back post found Hannah Askew, who squeezed the ball under the ‘keeper.
The Magpies were much improved in the second half and made it 3-1 when Ellie Betteridge’s shot rebounded off the woodwork for Duffield to sidefoot home.
Duffield struck again with a lob from 18 yards and then Kelsea Marriott opened up her body to place in number five after a diagonal pass from midfield by Megan Watson.
Although Arnold bagged a consolation goal, County’s player-of-the-match award went to composed centre-back Amy Townsend, who didn’t put a foot wrong.
Commanding NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT bounced back from their narrow defeat against tabletopping Solar Ladies the previous week with a convincing 4-0 win.
The Linby-based girls showed no ill effects when disposing of next-to-bottom Alfreton Town Ladies in Division One North of the East Midlands League.
It took them only 11 minutes to go in front. A Jasmin Bear corner was not properly cleared, and Courtney Walters’ shot from the edge of the area was flicked home by Lauren Yeomans.
Another corner saw Anna Horton’s header cleared off the line. But it was soon 2-0 as quick-thinking player-of-the-match April Bingham pounced on a backpass.
Two minutes later, Henton’s defence-splitting through-ball allowed Walters to confidently slot number three into the top corner. And as County mounted wave after wave of attacks, the scoring was completed when Yeomans twisted and turned her marker, played a quick one-two and tucked the ball in to the bottom corner.
When Alfreton did threaten, goalkeeper Kelly Hackman pulled off a terrific save, and the only downside to the day was a nasty injury for defender Courtney Evans, who had to be stretchered off.