Loughborough Foxes WFC 1 : 5 Nottingham Forest LFC
FAWPL Northern Division 2015-2016
Loughborough University Football Stadium, Loughborough University, Leics LE11 3TU
Loughborough Foxes WFC 1 : 5
Nottingham Forest LFC
08-11-2015 14:00
    1 Opposition Player Annabel McKechnie
    1 Captain Andrea Bell
  21' 1  Annabel McKechnie
  44' 1  Andrea Bell
  59' 1  Alana Copeland
  61' 1  Annabel McKechnie
  67' 1  Megan Howard
  67' 1  Grace Walters
  71' 1  Amelia Robb
  71' 1  Millie Fugler
  75' 1  Demi Greenan
  79' 1  Andrea Bell
  79' 1  Jemma White

“Forest Ladies net 5 away to Loughborough”
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Loughborough Foxes LFC 1:5 Nottingham Forest LFC 
In one of only two playable fixtures in the FAWPL Northern Division, Forest secured 3 away points in order to maintain their elevated position in the table.
Loughborough were a relatively unknown entity as newcomers to the division but were quick to make their mark on home turf against an inform Forest side.  With good early work from both teams it was Loughborough who won the first corner which resulted in a powerful header put just wide.  Forest found their stride with some good build up play around the Loughborough 18 yard box interlinking with Ejupi and Bell putting through for Meade whose shot was blocked. 
Both teams fought for possession but it was Forest who edged some of the intricate movement.  This was rewarded after Forest regained possession through Griffin.
Pictured:  Griffin gains possession
Griffin found Fugler as she pressed forward to send it onward to Meade who had a choice as both Bell and Meade drew the defence wide.  It was McKechnie who had more space and Meade played the forward in and McKechnie took her shot well to hit the inside netting and put Forest ahead on 21 minutes.
Pictured:  Goal celebrations
Within two minutes of the restart, Loughborough surged forward down the right wing and had enough time to send an excellent cross into the box.  With a confused Forest defence it was Loughborough’s Audrey Moore who delivered a powerful header out of the reach of Kinnerley into the Forest goal to bring the score line level.
Forest’s Howard contributed with skilful play in the central belt to weave around three players and send the ball out to Greenan on the left wing who won a resulting throw in. Forest regained possession as Weston placed the ball through to Meade who was unlucky not to find Bell waiting in the box.
Pictured:  Weston on the ball
Bell found herself using her advantageous speed with a break and did well to travel 30 yards but was unable to conclude. Minutes later Bell is involved again after Ejupi found her with a clever ball.  Bell pushed forward into the box and appeared to be pulled to ground with numerous penalty shouts from the stands, however play continued as Weston’s resulting shot was just wide of the post. 
Bell was finally rewarded on 44 minutes after Weston linked with Meade who played a pristine ball to Bell waiting on the edge of the box. Bell deftly looped the keeper with ease to find the back of the net.
Half Time score:  Loughborough Foxes WFC 1: Nottingham Forest LFC 2
Forest took 15 minutes from the restart to increase the score line.  With a free kick awarded to Forest from 30 yards It was Copeland who met Greenan’s delivery with a looping header to put Forest’s tally at 3.
Forest immediately increased the lead further after some great understanding play between McKechnie and Bell.  McKechnie had surged forward to play the ball to Bell who flicked it back to McKechnie to fire a shot to draw a fine parried save from Loughborough’s keeper.   McKechnie pounced on the rebound and blasted into Loughborough’s net to secure her brace.
With some substitutions for Forest and a slight change in positions it was Greenan who sealed the game on 75 minutes.  Copeland did well to win a tackle and distribute the ball through to Greenan in left midfield Greenan pressed forward and chipped the keeper to score her first of the season.
Pictured:  Greenan chips her first goal of the season
Final score:  Loughborough Foxes WFC 1: Nottingham Forest LFC 5
Line-Up: Kinnerley, Fugler, Greenan, Weston, Copeland, Howard, McKechnie, Griffin, Bell (c), Ejupi, Meade
Subs: Robb, Walters, Cameron, White
Goals: Annabel McKechnie (21,61) Bell (44) Copeland (59), Greenan (75)
Reserves: Nottingham Forest LFC  2:2 Sporting Khalsa WFC (Goals: Georgia Gladwin and Rachel Wakefield)
Next Game:  FAWPL League Game – Away Fixture, Sunday, 22 November 
Newcastle United WFC vs Nottingham Forest Ladies FC
Sports Northumbria  Coach Lane, Newcastle, NE7 7XA  
Head Coach Steve Stennett says:  “A game that could have been a bit of a bit of a banana skin - not much known about Loughborough Foxes but we certainly didn't under estimate them and the first half proved we were right.  I informed the players at the break about the standards they had set and that those standards need to be maintained the players needed to take responsibility in the second half and produce the standards that had seen them win the last five games as it was now about consistency and raising the bar once again.  The second half however demonstrated that little bit of quality from a Forest side with confidence and good momentum.” 
Forest Manager Sam Winch’s reaction after the game: “A fantastic result that shows how much this side is improving week in week out. We have worked tirelessly on our finishing and attacking play over the last few weeks and the 5 goals we managed to put past a resilient Foxes defence is something we should be very pleased with. We have a break now but will need to continue the momentum going in to next week’s match away to Newcastle.”          
Report – Beth Heath/NFLFC
Photos - Sidney Whitman
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