FEMALE FOOTBALL: Barlow hat-trick has Magpies flying

THE Notts County Senior Development side began the season in fine style with a 4-0 thrashing of visitors Ruddington Village Colts Ladies.

This will hopefully be a great season for the team as they play in the Senior League with most of the players still only being 16 years of age.

It was great to see the likes of Ellie Marriott, Lauren Betteridge, Kirsty Peat and Eleanor Brooks playing at this level after being with the club since they were nine or ten years of age.

The day will also be a great inspiration for the new players who played their part today. Laura Muir showed her experience and skill to set up a goal with defender Abbie Gale, which was finished by the ever famous Sammy Barlow.

Kelly Hackman the new goalkeeper was relatively quiet while two new players Lucy Harris and Jess Knott showed terrific class and skill.

Harris has fantastic pace and used it with great ability today. Jess slotted in midfield and out wide to demonstrate how confident she is.

The final new star is Carolanne Clark who quite simply runs and hasslesand got her reward with the first goal from six yards.

Betteridge continued to work hard in midfield but perhaps the pivotal player of the half was Brooks who played precise passes, neat turns and great vision to set up countless attacks.

A 1-0 half-time lead was built on in the second period as Charley Maclaren took the chances that came to her and Gabi Oxley put in some great effort on the wings as did Ashleigh Harris who was in fairness struggling with illness.

Ruddington made County work hard but Barlow was in full flow with her skill and trickery that eventually broke the defensive line to ease the pressure and score her first.

County continued to pass and move and wore Ruddington down. A neat passing move in the centre worked well as Betteridge fed Barlow to beat the keeper one-on-one.

Only one long range effort troubled Hackman in the second half before the game was won with Barlow getting her hat-trick following Gales’ cross.

IN the East Midlands Women’s Football League, Notts County’s first team drew 0-0 at Pinxton.

Despite losing their first game last week 6-1 at home to Grimsby, the team bounced back with an impressive display away to Pinxton Ladies.

Notts County dominated the game but Pinxton did enough to keep County at bay assisted by a player of the match performance from the Pinxton keeper.

County were looking to keep possession and to play with confidence to pass the ball around. The back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Kayley Shaw and Susan Cronin were solid and protected their keeper Hazel Clark.

Notts penetrated the Pinxton defence with terrific runs down the flanks by new signings April Bingham and Siobhan Wood.

County were without last seasons club top goal scorer Courtney Walters but both Alex Francis and Cath Eyley were not without chances, but despite all the possession they failed to grab all the points.

Credit to Pinxton who at times defended for their lives and must be the happier of the two teams with the single point.

Player of the match awarded by the opposition to Alex Francis.

Notts County are now without a game until September 23 when they entertain Ellistown at home in the League Cup.

NOTTS County U13s recorded a thumping 5-1 win to kick off the season at home to Woodlands White Socks.

In a display where there were a number of fine individual performances, especially after such a long lay-off, there were a brace of great goals from both Alex Mills and Amy Wainwright and one from Heather Briggs.

Player of the match went to Georgia Duckworth who made some fine saves at critical moments in the match.

CHARLOTTE Hayes was named as the player of the match for the Under-11s development squad in their opening day game at Bingham.

The side put in a good team performance lead by new team captain Emma Hodges and the game saw Notts looking like a team that had been playing together for years.