Paraded around Meadow Lane

FRUSTRATED NOTTS COUNTY LADIES’ senior team were without a Notts Ladies League fixture yet again last weekend when opponents Wollaton failed to raise enough players.

They have played only one game so far this season and go into this week’s clash with tabletopping Greenwood Meadows on the back of an unwanted four-week break.

However it wasn’t all gloom for the Linby-based club because they revelled in their trip to Meadow Lane last Sunday to further cement their merger with Notts County.

Their players were applauded by 6,000 fans as they paraded around the pitch at half-time during The Magpies’ League Two clash with Hartlepool United, which was televised live on Sky Sports.

To make sure they could be there, Linby/Notts had organised their Notts Girls League games that day for morning kick-offs — and while the under-16s and under-12s slid to defeats, the under-10s were rewarded with a victory.

They hammered Castle Donington 9-2, with both Siobhan Simms and Rebecca Shelton helping themselves to four goals.

Player-of-the-match Olivia Walker netted the other goal, while the two newest members of the squad, Lucy Walton and Ellie Jackson, proved they have the versatility and passion to succeed.

The under-12s had it SOCKED to them for the second time inside a month. For they crashed to Woodlands Black Socks again — this time 7-0.

Notts were five down by half-time and also without a goalkeeper after Georgia Duckworth hurt her wrist saving a shot from point-blank range.

However they bravely played for pride in the second period, keeping the score down, with makeshift goalie Heather Briggs taking the player-of-the-match award.

The club’s under-16s lost 3-2 away to Lincoln City — but not before a positive performance that deserved better.

Twice the home side took the lead in the first half but twice Notts fought back with goals from Sammy Barlow. First she slotted home from a high cross by Eleanor Brooks that the ‘keeper couldn’t reach and then Barlow nipped in to convert a pass by Katrina Bloomer.

Constant pressure enabled Lincoln to grab the winner but determined Notts continued to work hard and justice was done late on when a controversial penalty for the home side was skied over the bar.