County fight back well to earn a draw

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n NOTTS County Ladies’ Senior development squad shared six goals at the weekend as they drew 3-3 at Wollaton.

They did it the hard way, coming back from a 3-0 half-time deficit to snatch the draw.

Kelly Hackman in goal made several saves in the first-half to ensure County were well in the fight despite three goals being conceded.

The wind played its part but County played some good football to bounce back.

The first goal came when Jess Knott reacted well to a saved cross by Kirsty Peat to score from the rebound.

Everybody from Jade Benniston at the back, Eleanor Brooks and Ashleigh Harris on the wings, and the strikers of Carolanne Clark and Charley Maclaren kept up their work rate superbly, with Lucy Harris also mucking in before withdrawing injured.

Sammy Barlow, last week’s hat-trick hero, popped up with the two goals that pulled County level.

Her first saw her latch onto a loose ball in the box after Peat’s corner, and the equaliser came when she took on a defender on the edge of the box and fired in from 18 yards out to cap a fine fightback.

n NOTTS County’s Under-10s were in action against Southwell.

The technical Southwell side applied constant pressure but early close range saves by Alice Thompson kept them at bay.

As the girls soaked up attacks Ellie Barrow, who is learning her trade quickly, marked up and closed down the opposition well.

Chelsea Musgrove switched from defence to midfield bolstering up the middle of the park, as did Rosie Bradley who ran tirelessly throughout the game improving all the time.

The second-half saw a reshuffle again which saw captain for the day Phoebe-Wardle-Collins turn goalie and pull off super saves throughout the half which saw both sets of parents applauding.

But as the game wore on tired legs set in and Elena Gale sometimes found herself the last line of defence chucking in challenges to halt the Southwell side.

n THE Notts County Ladies Under-11s side hosted Southwell in a match dedicated to 12-year-old Hucknall youngster Jeffrey Townley, who was killed in a tragic road accident recently.

The girls were joined by Hucknall Rangers at Church Lane and observed a minute’s applause at the start of the game for Jeffrey, who played for Rangers .

A full squad was available for the game and an outstanding team effort saw the only goal come early in the second-half with Siobhan Simms planting her third goal for the season firmly into the back of the net.

Player-of-the-match was awarded to Tashan Keeling.

n A NARROW 3-2 defeat was suffered by Notts County Ladies Under-13s at the hands of Arnold.

County started brightly and went in front midway through the first-half courtesy of a wonder strike from Heather Briggs, but Arnold levelled just before half-time.

An Arnold second came just after half-time, but after one of Amy Wainwright’s mazy runs down the right ended with her being upended 25 yards out, Sharna Betteridge’s chipped the keeper for her first County goal.

But a mix up in the County defence and their inability to clear their lines resulted in a deflected shot finding the back of the net to put Arnold back in front, and despite Alex Mills being close to a leveller late on, it wasn’t to be.