Notts throw away two-goal lead to draw

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n NOTTS County Ladies’ first team returned from a three-week break to draw 2-2 with Ruddington Ladies at Church Lane — despite being 2-0 up.

County started with a strong tempo and Selina Luciw’s effort went just wide and Anna Horton’s header too high.

It took until the 35th minute for them to make the breakthrough, when Courtney Walters won the ball deep in the attacking flank and lifted the ball into the box where it bobbled out to Robyn Henton, who smashed into the bottom corner for 1-0.

County increased their lead in the final minute of the first period when Henton’s cross found Alex Johnson on the edge of the penalty box for a sweet volley that threatened to burst the back of the net.

It was only minutes into the second period when Ruddington pulled a goal back with a terrific shot giving the County keeper no chance.

A shellshocked Notts then conceded an equaliser with a rare mix up at the back gifting the Ruddington striker a tight-angled shot for 2-2.

Notts worked hard to try and snatch the victory and Luciw picked up a pass from Alex Francis but screwed her shot just wide of the post.

Cath Eyley saw a header brilliantly saved by the keeper but despite plenty of pressure late on, County were unable to break Ruddington down and the points were shared.

Player of the match was awarded to Anna Horton, who worked her socks off throughout the entire game.

n NOTTS County U13s fell 2-0 at home to Wollaton in the FA Shield.

Two second-half strikes did the damage but County, minus any substitutes, toiled hard in the wind and mud to put on arguably their best display of the season, keeper Georgia Duckworth earning the player-of-the-match plaudits.

n THE County under-10s squad only had seven players but they won 3-0 at Bingham in the League Cup.

An early own goal by the home side put Notts in front and Phoebe Ward-Collins tucked away the second after a pacy run through the defence.

The third goal came from centre-half Chloe Phillips as she pounced on a loose ball on the halfway line and took off before firing in a powerful shot.

Notts then ran down the clock in the second-half as the weather drew in on a cold and blustery morning, but it was a result the players can be proud of as well as the way they conducted themselves on the pitch.

Player-of-the-match went to Ameilyah Rimell.