A blistering first-half performance that included a Courtney Walters hat-trick fired Linby-based NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT into the Second Round of the East Midlands Women’s League Plate.
County ended up beating Division One North rivals Alfreton Town 5-2, but all the damage was done in the opening 45 minutes when Walters helped them to a 4-0 lead.
After Lauren Yeomans had opened the scoring, turning on the edge of the six-yard box, Walters netted her first with a cheeky lob from a wonderful cross by April Bingham.
In the 35th minute, Walters latched on to a pass by Robyn Henton and played a neat one-two with Yeomans before smacking into the roof of the net.
And a minute before the break, she struck again with a near-post shot that spun out of the ‘keeper’s hands to complete good work by Emma Bradshaw, Courtney Evans and Anna Horton.
The second period was less one-sided and Alfreton pulled a couple of goals back. But County had the final word with their fifth nine minutes from the end when Henton’s defence-splitting pass found Androulla Kokkinou, whose explosive pace enabled her to cut inside and slot into the bottom corner.
A MASTERCLASS in passing football was not enough to prevent defeat for NOTTS COUNTY LADIES DEVELOPMENT RESERVES in the Notts Ladies League.
County came up against the unbeaten leaders, Wollaton Hall, who made it nine wins from ten matches with a 3-1 success. Now The Magpies are fully 12 points behind the top dogs.
County’s goal followed terrific work by Jessie Knott and Rhiannon Middleton, who set up Katrina Bloomer to fire into the net.
The disappointment was the concession of three goals because Zoe Benniston and Ellie Marriott were massive in defence, along with Jade Sheppard in midfield.
Player-of-the-match Charley Maclaren also gave a fine demonstration of determination, while ‘keeper Chelsea Taylor, who was unlucky with the goals, proudly went home with a bruise after being kicked in the face!