Getting towards the end of a third season on "On The Road", with just three probable games left before I hang up my pen for a few weeks.
The Ladies County Cup game is the last Notts F.A. Cup final of the season, and on this occasion it was played at the Welfare ground home of Forest Town FC. Full circle for Notts F.A. as the first final was also at Forest Town.
Greeted at the gate by F.A. Officials Mick Kilbee and Malcolm Fox. A nice gesture by Mr.Kilbee to let me and Daft Lad into the ground as their guests, as we apparently have been at more Notts F.A. finals than have their Committee members!! Much appreciated.
Grabbed a word or two with Forest Town's Pete Craggs who appeared to be enjoying his burger and chips, followed by a pint of Magners....
Also had a chat with Clifton a player I managed at youth level, Mike Banister. He's had a good season with Clifton, who secured the Notts Senior League Senior Division Championship last weekend.
The teams line up.......
....and are presented to the Notts F.A. representatives
Forest Ladies took the lead in the 8th minute - a sweet well placed free-kick from 22 yards by CAROLINE LAWSON easily beating diminutive Rolls keeper Hayley Wilson.
The ball on it's way into the net
Justine Turley had the Rolls best effort on 19, her shot from fully 35 yards just flying over the Forest crossbar. KATIE WADDELL added Forest's second with 29 minutes played, the pocket sized no. 11 jinked her way into the box before slotting past Wilson. On 36 SUZANNE DAVIES battled her way into the box before hitting the ball between Wilson and her near post. Seconds later the game was effectively over as NATALIE CLARKE crashed the ball through a ruck of players from 6 yards. H-T 4-0
The second half saw Rolls perform much better, and they had a couple of decent chances to reduce their arrears, but Forest keeper Claire Wallhead remained alert after having a fairly quiet first half. It took Forest until the 75th minute to add their fifth and final goal. SUZANNE DAVIES had seconds earlier hit a tame effort at Wilson, but the striker made no mistake when presented with the ball 12 yards from goal, fairly lashing the ball home. F-T 5-0
Tough tackling Ellie Gilliat - received the games only yellow card
Too cold to stay for the Trophy presentation!! Where is this global warming they keep talking about???
Admission : Notts F.A. guests
Saturday - no game
Monday - hoping to get to Digby Street to see Caribbean Cav play Kimberley MW