April showers goals on Bridgford for rampant Notts County

HIGH-FLYING MAGPIES -- star players April Bingham (left) and Courtney Walters celebrate another goal for the Linby-based Notts County Ladies Development senior team.
HIGH-FLYING MAGPIES -- star players April Bingham (left) and Courtney Walters celebrate another goal for the Linby-based Notts County Ladies Development senior team.

Prolific striker Courtney Walters bagged yet another hat-trick as the Linby-based NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT senior team whacked West Bridgford Ladies 7-0.

But for once, she was upstaged by wide midfield player April Bingham, who collected the player-of-the-match award after being instrumental in numerous goalscoring chances and showing a workrate bettered by no-one else on the pitch.

Bingham and Walters helped County to a runaway win that kept them firmly in second place in Division One North of the East Midlands Women’s League.

In fact, they were ahead from the very first minute when Bingham ran forward and slipped the ball inside for Lauren Yeomans to pop over the advancing ‘keeper.

Anna Horton’s shot then hit a post before Walters drilled her first goal in to the bottom corner after a run from the halfway-line by Natasha Watson.

It was 3-0 by the eighth minute as Horton smashed home from a wide angle with her left foot in to the far top corner. And it was 4-0 by the 18th minute as Bingham’s cross was converted first time by Watson for her first goal for the club.

The quality of County’s passing and movement was difficult to contain and when they were awarded a free-kick wide of the box, Jasmin Bear floated it over the ‘keeper for goal number five.

Early in the second period, Bear and Bingham played a lovely one-two to free Walters, who stabbed the ball past the onrushing goalie to make it 6-0.

And five minutes later, Walters completed her hat-trick, and the scoring, driving into the bottom corner after a 30-yard run and square pass from the irrepressible Bingham.

Confident NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT UNDER-16S are ready and raring to go ahead of their big Notts FA County Shield semi-final against arch rivals Nottingham Forest this weekend.

This follows a convincing 4-1 victory over mid-table Gedling Southbank in the quarter-finals of the Notts Girls League Cup at Newstead last Sunday.

County, who sit second in the table, just behind Forest, were held for 25 minutes by a Southbank side who defended well.

But then they broke the deadlock when captain Ellie Betteridge threaded a ball through to Faye Wheatley, who released Polly Lees-Collier for a shot that hit the roof of the net.

Southbank were quick out of the blocks for the second period and stroked home a surprise equaliser.

But the young Magpies, inspired by player-of-the-match Megan Watson who came out of goal to put in some crunching tackles, soon found another gear.

Betteridge took the tie by the scruff of the neck and when Wheatley’s shot rebounded off the ‘keeper, the quick-thinking Kelsea Marriott restored the lead.

Marriott returned the favour to Wheatley, who slipped the ball inside for striker Jade Henderson to lob the goalie. And then Henderson wrapped up the game with her second goal, winning the ball from a goalkick, skipping round a defender and smacking into the top corner.