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Latest News - 13 November 2017

The Nottinghamshire Under 16 Girls’ squad opened their programme in the eastern group of the Midland Counties Federation competition with an agonising 5-4 defeat at the hands of Derbyshire as they conceded a goal two minutes from time after a thrilling game at Eastwood. Notts started well and went ahead through Milly Wortley who put a low cross shot into the net at the far post. Derbyshire equalised when Goodwin headed in a corner kick but Wortley added a second goal when she latched on to a free-kick to regain Nottinghamshire’s lead.

Katie Middleton then made a fine surging run from just inside her own half and followed it with a calm finish to increase the visitors’ lead to 3-1 at the interval. Some uncertainty in the Notts defence early in the second half allowed their England player, Naomi Lawrence, to make it 3-2 and Derbyshire then had a very dangerous spell in which they were unfortunate to hit the bar several times although Notts also had some good chances and the home side’s keeper made some excellent saves. Nottinghamshire regained their composure and a fine dribble by the outstanding Olivia Atkinson, who has been called up for an England training camp in late November, was completed with a clever lob over the keeper to give them a 4-2 lead.

The equally outstanding Lawrence, an England player who scored five times for Derbyshire in their 7-4 win in the corresponding match last season brought the score back to 4-3 and 5 minutes from time, Goodwin made it 4-4. With two minutes remaining, Lawrence completed her hat-trick when she headed in a corner. Notts had time for one last attack and won a corner which Derbyshire only just managed to clear but could not get the draw which their promising performance perhaps justified.

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