Notts County Ladies vs Manchester City Ladies   Leave a comment

In undeniably one of the most exciting games played at Meadow Lane this season – the Lady Pies, urged on by almost 2,000 fanatical supporters, come back from 0-2 down to draw against Manchester City in stoppage time!

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

Prior to the start of the game County CEO supremo Luke Negus-Hill is questioned by an agent from the Matrix.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_1Luke Negus-Hill…. deciding whether or not to squeal.

Mrs Magpie (is she married then? If so, does she have a stay-at-home husband-pie?) photo bombs the ball girls pic.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_53Hee hee – cheeky grins and scabby knees abound.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_73

The City girls out on the pitch react with incredulity at the dress sense of some of the Pies supporters….

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_9….. Vogue.

The County fans; simply…….

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_20… THE BEST!

The Notts girls warm up ahead of one of the sternest tests the season has to offer in the form of their well-heeled opponents Manchester City.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_2Jessica Clarke leads the charge … has she done something different with her hair?

In another Negus-Hill initiative the County board agreed to keeping chickens on the Meadow Lane pitch in between games…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_19… the grounds keeper starts putting down the chicken feed a little early … tandoori Chicken Pies are now on the half-time Meadow Lane menu.

Return of the Matt! The County nutritionist spent the summer in the USA coaching ‘little league alligator racing’ in the Everglades.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_13Matt Lawson, tempted back to Blighty by the club, who offered him a lucrative ‘tandoori Chicken’ based deal.

Keeper Coach Bob Widdowson looks on enviously at Matt Lawson …

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_7

Then reassures ‘Mr Ball’ that he’ll demand talks with the management for the same deal as Lawson.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_5Siobahn Chamberlain leaves Bob to it.

Meanwhile a game of football is about to start.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_23Keen, young and eager to get started…. the match day officials.

Laura Bassett waits patiently to get underway…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_24

… but City are talking things at their own pace despite the ref’s whistles they continue to warm-up…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_25

… until eventually City skipper Houghton jogs over to toss the coin of footballing destiny.

Game on (at last) and City start on the front foot but County apply pressure down the left flank (look at that support)…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_47Rachel (can’t take a bad photo of me) Williams finds space in behind the City defense…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_48.. and gets to the line.

It would be misleading of me to say that County had the better of the first half, City played some quality football in a game where no quarter was asked or given..

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_28

… Clarke challenges Bardsley for the ball as Houghton protests.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_32

The ref steps in (as he did quite often) to calm things down.

City’s quality and final ball really put Notts under pressure and on more than one occasion County keeper Telford kept her team in the game…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_94.. Telford saves from Parris at point-blank range.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_100Carly Telford…. easily the best and unfortunately the most frequently employed goalie on the pitch.

But just as it seemed the Pies would see out the 1st half on equal terms Steph Houghton drifted in at the back post and side-footed home past the valiant but vain attempted blocks from White and Crichton.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_120City go 1-0 up!

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_124City celebrate scoring.

Half-time then and the spectators were faced with the dilemma of either grabbing refreshments or staying in their seats for Matt (PT Barnum) Rowland’s half-time entertainment extravaganza!

First off Matt had Mrs Magpie throw heated white towels into the crowd to use after eating their tandoori chicken.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_52Is there a name for those hot little towels? Are they o-shibori ?

Next was the now almost legendary raffle and ‘kick-the-ball-in-the-net-and-win-a-random-prize’ competition. The evening’s winner was Mr West Coast Choppers!

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_54‘shoes!’

This choice of raffle ‘winner’ caused some controversy as Matt Rowland is also well-known as a member of this notorious motor cycle gang.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_56

I have no words!

The second half resumed with the worst possible start for the home team after a free kick was awarded against them on the edge of the box. Steph Houghton stepped up with relish and struck the ball superbly….

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_132… to beat the wall and Carly Telford and put City 2-0 up!

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_133

Unstoppable.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_135

Houghton wheels away to her dugout to celebrate her goal!

The second half remained a competitive affair but City always looked the slicker outfit whilst Notts seemed to struggle to find a pass that would unlock the City defense.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_138

Huff and puff from County.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_140with much endevour.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_106and fighting spirit.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_118City’s Jill Scott out jumps everybody.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_58

Aileen Whelan dons a pair of comedy ears. But County’s inability to breach the Manchester defense was no joke with just 10 minutes left on the clock it seemed a home defeat was on the cards.

And then the tide began to turn….

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_59… Desi Scott, who’d had a brilliantly determined game, picked up the ball on the edge of the City box and hit a shot that was deflected by City’s Lucy Bronze’s hand or arm (who cares) – the referee took a moment to consider his decision and then blew for a penalty!

Clarke is poised… Jill Scott can’t look and strangely sits this one out.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_61

Clarke crashes the ball into the top of the net! County half the deficit.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_64

And the girls can’t get back to restart the game quickly enough.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_66

The crowd was in uproar, urging on their team to do the impossible with only a few minutes of regular time left.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_102But time was running out and City were in no mood to accommodate County’s need for urgency. The clock ticked down. Regular time had run out. Only 4 minutes of stoppage time could now save the Pies and that was rapidly disappearing, when….

… Rachel Williams picked up a clearance….

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_145

… turned on the after-burners and left the City defense standing to bear down on keeper Bardsley…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_147

.. and with just the keeper to beat she dinks it past the outstretched arms and legs of Karen Bardsley with… aplomb.. to make it 2-2!

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_149

Williams celebrates her equaliser and sends the home support into raptures of delight.

The remaining few seconds were played out before the referee blew for full-time.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_153

Clarke and Williams test the tensile strength of the new kit.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_163Desi Scott can’t believe how tough the fabric is and grabs Williams’ shirt just to make sure.

Rachel Williams demonstrates to Carly Telford how she ‘dinked’ the ball past Bardsley.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_161

But Bob Widdowson is having none of it and reminds Williams who it was that showed her how to finish like that…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_164

Bob demonstrates the ‘dink’…

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_166… whilst Matt Lawson licks his lips and thinks about chicken.

And finally….. Matt Rowland refuses fans requests at the end of the game to ‘swap’ jerseys.

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_168

… and  finally, finally …

NCL FC vs Man City - FA WSL 23.08.2015001_69

… back to the fans! Long may the inclusive nature of the FA WSL continue. COYP!

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

Posted August 24, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

Notts County Ladies vs Bristol   Leave a comment

Bristol Academy came to Meadow Lane winless and bottom of the league and left with all 3 points!

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

It’s not Wembley but the ‘usual suspects’ were flying the flag anyway.

NCLFC vs Bristol - Copy

The loyal and ever-present Lady Pies fans.

New sponsors NXT Nutrition use NCL FC strength & conditioning coach Paul Campbell as their test pilot for the new ‘Popeye’ Spinach flavoured energy drinks.

NCLFC vs Bristol_1 - CopyPaul (Popeye) Campbell at work.

Jess Clarke fastens her shooting boots and puts Siobahn Chamberlain to the test in the warm-up.

NCLFC vs Bristol_3 - Copy Get in there!

Having been asked for clarification one too many times; Matt (Overlord) Rowland points out to the ballgirls just where they need to go!

NCLFC vs Bristol_6 - CopyMatt with his plastic ‘Actionman’ walkie-talkie strapped to his snake belt. He was never like this before going to Wembley!

Dunia Susi takes the remaining 3 Spinach flavoured drinks away from Paul Campbell ….

NCLFC vs Bristol_4 - Copy… as she watches him swing from the rafters in the Main Stand.

The match kicked-off with County on the attack from the off – with Clarke causing the Bristol defense problems from the start.

NCLFC vs Bristol_7 - CopyClarke puts pressure on Keeper Earps.

County kept the pressure on the Bristol goal and moments later more good work from Clarke down the left saw Susi shoots just wide from the cross.

NCLFC vs Bristol_11Dunia Susi side-foots just wide for County.

As chances came thick and fast it was Ellen White’s turn to go close as she met a ball in from the right with her head.

NCLFC vs Bristol_8Keeper Earps can only watch as the ball flashes past her left-hand post.

And then chance conspired to create a goal against the run of play; the County defense gave the ball away just outside their box and a shot from Bristol was deflected up into the air and was met on it’s return to Earth by Boho-Sayo who looped a header over the helpless Carly Telford.

NCLFC vs Bristol_46Telford is left stranded.

NCLFC vs Bristol_48Bristol celebrate.

NCLFC vs Bristol_49County go a goal behind against the run of play.

Half time and the rain began to fall and Notts returned to the field to continue to lay seige to the Academy goal.

NCLFC vs Bristol_34Scott was dominating the middle of the park.

Bassett was uncompromising at the back!

NCLFC vs Bristol_42

County again started to create chances and Clarke was making her own … going on a mazey run…

NCLFC vs Bristol_22

… before shooting wide.

NCLFC vs Bristol_23

Moments later Ellen White was in on goal again only to have her shot blocked by a last minute desperate lunge by a Bristol Defender.

NCLFC vs Bristol_20

White denied!

County were creating chance after chance and went close again when Susi met a cross to hit the post.

NCLFC vs Bristol_18

Dunia Susi hits the post and County still can’t find the net!

NCLFC vs Bristol_19So close for Susi and Notts.

County finally get the ball in the back of the net when Aileen Whelan runs on to a loose ball…

NCLFC vs Bristol_13

… and slots the ball into the top corner as Earps watches on!

 NCLFC vs Bristol_14Whelan turn to celebrate…

NCLFC vs Bristol_15… but the ref’s assistant rules it off-side.

Time is running out for Notts who could quite easily have been 3 goals ahead by now.

Then with only minutes left to play the ball runs loose again in the Bristol box and finds its way to Laura Bassett…

NCLFC vs Bristol_27

… from just outside the 6 yard box Bassett swing and connects to send the ball screaming towards goal! Surely this is the equaliser for Notts that earns them a point….

NCLFC vs Bristol_29… the crowd holds it’s breath only to watch as the ball rises over the Bristol crossbar and into the stands! There’s a collective groan from the 1,000 plus crowd!

Moments later the referee blows for full-time and County are defeated and Bristol Academy celebrate their first win of the season.

NCLFC vs Bristol_66

County manager Rick Passmoor has some thinking to do.

NCLFC vs Bristol_67

It wasn’t unexpected that after the defeat in the FA Cup final at Wembley the NCL FC players would be phyiscially exhausted but it is also the mental exhaustion that can be so draining after such an occasion. Tonight’s game against Bristol was always going to be a phycological challenge for the girls.

And in the end the game was decided by a matter of inches; a few inches inside the post instead of outside and a few inches onside instead offside would have made the diffenerce. That’s all there was in it. But that’s football.

With a much needed weekend off  County’s ‘bounce-back-ability’ will be put to the test against the very same opponents on Meadow Lane on Sunday the 16th. Make sure you’re there to get behind the team!

COYP!

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

Notts County Ladies vs Chelsea Ladies – FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium   Leave a comment

There were two result at Wembley Stadium on the 1st of August 2015;  on one hand Notts County Ladies lost 1-0 to a well disciplined and, on the day, superior Chelsea side. And on the other hand women’s football scored a huge victory in this historic game in front of a record crowd for a women’s FA Cup Final of over 30,000!

Here’s the day in words and pictures:

20150801_0786

Yeah… thought my luck was in here… the girls came over right in front of me to line up as a team when an FA official ‘shoo’d’ them back (you can see Ellen White protesting) to the Chelsea team and the banner to pose for photos as a mixed team with the opposition. This was the closest the County girls got to a team photo with their new kit on at Wembley all day.

20150801_0800

This is where the FA Official shoo’d the girls to – a photo op with the Chelsea team.

fans 1

The County fans out numbered and out sang the Chelsea contingent!

20150801_1901

Desi Scott drives across the middle of the ‘park’ (yeah, Wembley is a ‘park’) full of concentration and her tongue out!

20150801_0855

Jess Clarke wants the ball – and looks to get a little separation too.

20150801_2140

Skipper Bassett on the ball – gotta love that crowd in the background!

20150801_2077

Amy Turner looking composed in acres of space.

20150801_2551

Scott again – a powerhouse and workhorse all day long.

20150801_2360

Sophie Walton shadows Chelsea goal scorer Ji So-Yun.

20150801_2111

The bench – never likely to sit in plusher seats at a footy match.

20150801_1901

Scott AGAIN leaving Aluko in her wake! :) Yeah, Desi is THAT fast!

20150801_0861

After all the scares Carly Telford is on the starting team list.

20150801_2768

And plays her usual ‘safe hands’ game.

20150801_2656

Crichton heads clear.

20150801_2651

Telford saves again.

Painful

But in the end the result on County’s date with history didn’t go their way. It was painful for everybody with an exponential increase in misery amplified by the occasion and the venue. The girls can be proud of reaching the final for such an auspicious occasion and be very proud of being in the vanguard of what we hope to be a new chapter in women’s football in this country. Well done girls! And well done everybody that supports the club behind the scenes and in the stands!

So, just the league and the Continental Cup to win now! :)

COYP!

Notts County Ladies vs Birmingham City Ladies – Continental Cup   Leave a comment

A last gasp winner snatched all 3 points in a stunning start to County’s Conti Cup campaign!

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Going up in the world; the usual suspects get interviewed by Sky’s Rachel Brown-Finnis for TV….

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

…. ‘are you SURE?’ … Brown-Finnis double checks with her producer that he REALLY wants her to interview this lot! :)

The opening round of the Continental Cup gave manager Passmoor an opportunity to rest the likes of Laura Bassett, Ellen White and Rachel Williams and give one or two squad players a run out…

BG1U6397

… Ashleigh Plumptre made the most of her time in the starting line-up…

BG1U6356

… and Laura Jayne-O’Neil relishes her opportunity to impress.

And County looked solid and  composed in the opening exchanges and went ahead early on in the game through Jess Clarke, who has hit a fine vein of goal scoring form.

County go 1-0 up courtesy of another Jess Clarke goal. You’ll notice there’s no pictures of this go-ahead goal. That’s because the photographer was moving position when the goal was scored!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Clarke scores! Honest!

The game see-sawed back and forth with Birmingham punching above their weight and one or two challenges becoming a little ‘tasty’.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Clarke is viciously head-butted in the right boot! The ref gave the free-kick the other way!

Clarke is bundled off the ball …

BG1U6295

… Buet is painfully hacked down from behind!

BG1U6298

As the first half eased to a close, County looked bruised but comfortable but with seconds to go conceded a goal at what is classically described in football as the ‘worst possible time’ – just before half-time (personally I think the worst possible time is just about when Birmingham conceded their second goal).

BG1U6335

Remi Allen scores to equalise for Birmingham just before the break.

Half-time entertainment was restored by the magnificently marvelous Master of Ceremonies Matt Rowland; ‘boot the ball in the net’ for a random prize makes a heroic return …

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

MC Matty on the Mic starts to rap much to the amazement of the crowd.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

The half-time comp kicks off…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Fervent Lady Pies supporter Tids (or is it Sal) collects her prize from MC Matty; it’s his last week’s ‘pitch & putt’ scorecard.

The second half began and it saw Birmingham match County for effort and creation of chances. Around the 60 minute mark Passmoor brought on Williams and Susi and both had a positive impact and lifted the tempo with County suddenly playing some of their best football.

BG1U6605Williams was influential.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… putting herself about…

BG1U6512… and getting booked.

The half rolled home toward full-time like a drunken sailor on shore-leave with the balance of the game see-sawing back and forth.

With only 2 minutes to go of normal time Birmingham were awarded a hotly contested free-kick on the edge of the Notts 18yd box…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Fortunately for Notts the ball sailed over the bar.

The announcer declared 4 minutes of extra time and on the 93rd minute Dani Buet picked the ball up in midfield, dropped a shoulder and found a meter of space before swinging the ball wide to the left flank to Dunia Susi…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… Susi collected the ball and stood her marker up before catching her flat-footed to ease past her and swing a left-footed cross into the Birmingham box…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… where it was met by Aileen Whelan to head a looping effort over Birmingham keeper Becky Spencer!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Spencer and Birmingham are floored by Whelan’s winning goal!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Williams grabs Whelan to execute one of the more bizarre goal celebrations!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

The full-time whistle went with no time for Birmingham to reply and Notts snatch all 3 points!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

With the game over strength coach Paul Campbell sets off on his milk round…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Rachel Brown-Finnis patiently listens to Rick’s answer to her first question….. then, 7 minutes later….falls…… quietly……. asleep.

Meanwhile…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… Aileen Whelan is informed by Desiree Scott that she is needed for an interview.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Whelan, clutching her lucky shin pads, nervously gives her ‘it was a team effort’ interview, then …

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… legs it as fast as possible before MC Matty can arrange another interview (or starts rapping)!

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

Posted July 24, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

Notts County Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies July 18th 2015   Leave a comment

The lady pies had the temerity, the talent and tenacity to survive the cauldron of cacophonous rival fans and unyielding heat in Liverpool’s Select Security Stadium to steal all 3 points!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s the game in unnecessarily multisyllabic words and pictures:

The Pies warmed-up on the baking G3 pitch of the Select Security Stadium; the team was sporting the ‘Stop Hate Crimes’ T-Shirts.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

 Leanne Crichton and Ashleigh Plumptre back the Help Line charity.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

England and County left-back Alex Greenwood stretches into her warm-up.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Returnee Canada world cup star Desire Scott and Aileen Whelan play rubber band skip-rope.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Desi the Destroyer had to dye her boots just the right shade of pink to match her headband.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Standout stand-in on loan keeper Siobahn Chamberlain with a radiant smile on her face.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Reserve Keeper Danielle Hill shows off her footballing skills with a tricky little back-heel.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s the ball-girls for the day. The cheeky number 14 sat behind me in the 2nd half demanding I take a pic of her so that she could ‘be on TV’! :)

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The teams emerged to the cheers of the fans and to the reds fans singing ‘you’ll never walk alone’.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Apparently you are only allowed to sing if you are holding a scarf aloft.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Here’s our lot. I think we edged it in the ‘scarf’ stakes, complete with advertising for the FA Cup Final, but we really do need a few  songs guys and girls.

Here we go then, prelude to the kick-off is the hand shake between Laura Bassett and Liverpool’s Gemma Bonner. Notts had already relieved Liverpool of all 3 points when these two teams met at Meadow Lane earlier this season and County were hoping for the same outcome in this away fixture.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Bassett & Bonner (actually a firm of solicitors on Merseyside) don’t want to get too close for the hand-shake.

It has become a worrying trend for County to concede an early goal this season, but this time they turned the tables when Greenwood clipped a ball into White who turned it in to Jess Clarke’s path. Clarke, squeezing between the Liverpool defense side-footed home with great aplomb.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

By the look on Laura Bassett’s face she already knows Jess is going to score! Such confidence in the girl. :)

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Jess Clarke makes it 1-0 Notts as Liverpool go to sleep.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Yup = 1-0 to the Pies early doors (more footballing clichés to follow).

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Sophie Walton launches Clarke in celebration.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

County looked comfortable for the next 10 minutes or so but Asisat Oshoala looked a constant threat with her pace down the right but it was Natasha Dowie that instigated Liverpool’s equaliser.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Dowie’s strike on goal is blocked and deflected and …..

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… presents itself to Rosie White (13) on a plate to smash home from 3 yards out.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Liverpool get back on equal terms much to the dismay of the breached County back four (minus one).

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The game was a fiercely contested affair (they always are against Liverpool) and both Physios were kept busy with Krista Van Alten paying Dani Buet a visit again.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Krista checks to see if Dani can say ‘Goggkle a gear’ without moving her lips!

Asisat Oshoala, the red’s pacey striker was singled out for some enthusiastic and athletic marking during the first half, Amy Turner delivering one particularly ferocious tackle that I felt on the side-line and seemed to diminish Oshoala appetite for further foray’s into the County third.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Jess clarke and contact with the ball isn’t prevented even by Liverpool’s 44 Satara Murray.

The half finished with both team’s missing chances in front of goal when Chamberlain denied Asisat Oshoala and Rachel Williams got ahead of her marker and hit  the foot of the post with a header.

Another half-time passed without event. Zilch entertainment. I’m beginning to miss Matt Rowland’s epic extravagances with bags of his old laundry up for grabs.

The 2nd half then.

And Liverpool’s threat seemed to have fizzled out somewhat and any fire they may have had was, if not extinguished, then certainly covered by a damp cloth thrown from a safe distance when Ellen White squared to Clarke for the 2nd and decisive goal.

A slick move saw White bear down on goal from the right wing, cutting inside and leaving Bonner for dead….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Ellen White only has eyes for a square pass – but where the heck is Clarke!?
Red’s keeper Libby Stout races out to smother the ball but too late … White has already sent the ball square …
18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Stout is stranded as White squares the pass to…… still no sign of Clarke!!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Nope …. still no sign of Jess!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

 THERE SHE IS! :)

Clarke taps in from inside the 6 yard box!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Stout appeals for off-side. White and Clarke glance over at the linesman …. referee’s assistant just in case.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

But Jess had timed her run perfectly!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

2-1 Notts!

Shortly after scoring Clarke takes a knock….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… and is substituted.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Ellen White has time to demonstrate her technical ability before her substitution by deftly bringing a 30 yard crossfield pass under control.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Awesomeness….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… executed with aplomb.

She even had time to get in on goal one last time to make it 3-1 but her shots was blocked just as she pulled the trigger.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

From this point on the wheel’s seemed to come off for Liverpool; forced and tactical substitutions for the Red’s meant that when they suffered an injury in the closing minutes of the game they had nobody to bring on and were reduced to 10 players.

County supremo Rick Passmoor, on the other hand, timed his substitutions to perfection with Dunia Susi and Aileen Whelan adding fresh legs and…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… Desiree Scott coming on to close up shop and see out the game and finally snuff out any hopes Liverpool had of equalising.

Rachel Williams was a star again in this match-up, showing serious skill…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… with a little drag-back …

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

…. that leaves the Red’s defender…

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… stranded!

As the seconds ticked down there was just enough time for assistant coach Colin Walker to throw Gemma Bonner a dummy but she was having none of it.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

‘Oops, I missed it!’ Bonner anticipates Walkers’ dastardly fake attempt at catching the ball thrown back by the crowd.

The final whistle went for full-time to herald County’s 6 pointer over Liverpool.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

Passmoor seems happy.

He certainly seems happier than his interviewer….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… and, oh dear, much happier than Matt Beard, the Liverpool Manager.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

The TV interviewer takes a moment to pull faces at Beard whilst he’s not looking.

And finally….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… someone tells Rick Passmoor there are Pizzas on the team bus.

And finally finally….

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

… County goal keeping coach Alessandro Barcherini needs In-Play stats, Luke Negus-Hill AND Google Maps to work out just how to get back to the team bus!

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

18.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Liverpool versus Notts County Ladies.

See you all next Wednesday when County return to the Lane. :)

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

Posted July 19, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

Notts County Ladies away to Sunderland – drat!   Leave a comment

Looking to resume where they left off at the mid-season break, Notts County Ladies stumbles to a 1-2 defeat away to Sunderland.

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

Goalkeeper Coach Bob Widdowson looks rejuvenated after his break in the States.

20150712_0024

Or more accurately this is Alessandro Barcherini, standing in for Bob for a while.

20150712_0063The NCL FC supporter get themselves on TV, or at least the cutting room floor. :)

20150712_0064Whilst certain Sunderland fans seem to have adopted a more sartorial elegance!

During the warm-up Rick takes time out to explain ‘how to play in goal’ to Siobahn Chamberlain.

20150712_0070On loan signing from Arsenal, County’s keeper pays rapt attention to the Gaffer.

Meanwhile….

20150712_0073…. injured keeper Carly Telford struggles to remove her chewing gum from the railings.

Sunderland showed their class and appreciation in presenting the England girls with flowers prior to kick-off.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Ellen White Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Siobhan Chamberlain and Carly Telford receive flowers before the start of the game against Sunderland Ladies as NCL FC representatives from the England World Cup team.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Ellen White Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Siobhan Chamberlain and Carly Telford receive flowers before the start of the game against Sunderland Ladies as NCL FC representatives from the England World Cup team.

Yup – what the caption says. :)

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Sunderland defender Hayley Sharp celebrates heading Sunderlands second minute opener in the first half from a free kick.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Sunderland defender Hayley Sharp celebrates heading Sunderlands second minute opener in the first half from a free kick.

Kick-off then and 2 minutes later Notts are 0-1 down. Conceding early became a bit of a feature in the first half of the season and the trend continues.

The early goal spurred Sunderland on and the first half was an evenly contested affair…

20150712_0042

… Laura Bassett takes no prisoners.

20150712_0088…. Amy Turner stamps her authority on the game.

Ellen White was full of running and commitment as ever…

20150712_0081

In attack…

20150712_0030

… and in defense!

Mid-way through the half an incisive ball from Leanne Crichton put White through on new signing Hilde Gunn Olsen in the Sunderland goal, and the keeper pulled off a great save low down to maintain the Black Cat’s lead.

Meanwhile…

20150712_0084

… Rachel Williams gave her trade mark 100% for the Pies.

Mounting pressure from County finally paid off when Crichton found Jess Clarke in the box who turned her marker to spin and fire past Olsen into the corner of the Sunderland net!

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke fires home Notts County Ladies equalizer past Sunderland Ladies FC keeper Hilde Gunn Olsen.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke fires home Notts County Ladies equalizer past Sunderland Ladies FC keeper Hilde Gunn Olsen.

GOAL! 1-1.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke celebrates scoring the Notts County Ladies equalizer with Ellen White against Sunderland Ladies FC.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke celebrates scoring the Notts County Ladies equalizer with Ellen White against Sunderland Ladies FC.

Wot the caption sez! :)

Notts began to purr and confident possession lead to another chance for Clarke who was foiled by the keeper.

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke is prevented from scoring her second goal for Notts County Ladies by Sunderland Ladies FC goal keeper Hilde Gunn Olsen

12.07.2015. Hetton Centre, Sunderland, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football, Sunderland versus Notts County Ladies. Jess Clarke is prevented from scoring her second goal for Notts County Ladies by Sunderland Ladies FC goal keeper Hilde Gunn Olsen

I’m liking these captions – saves much typing! :)

Half time crow-barred its way in between the 1st half and the 2nd half. Nothing much happened during this time; no impossible ‘boot-the-ball-in-the-boot’ competitions, no ‘club singers’ not even a mascot to make fun of. So we had to be content with simply waiting for the second half.

Which followed with County assuming dominance in midfield and looking assured at the back.

By now the injured Fern Whelan had been replaced by Dunia Susi, whose silky skills left Sunderland chasing shadows….

20150712_0039… and pulling faces.

Dani Buet was pulling the strings in the middle of the park….

20150712_0045

… and getting her fair share of the knocks for her pains.

20150712_0052Krista Van Alten administers the magic hands.

20150712_0055Chamberlain looked confident in the County goal.

20150712_0087Duni and her Sunderland marker can’t bear to watch as sub Aileen Whelan takes a rap across the shin!

Despite the away side’s dominance, Mead was still looking dangerous up front, and the warning signs were there for County as she almost scored with a curling shot. As the game entered stoppage time the Lady Pies had a big chance to win the game; Dunia Susi slipped a ball through to White who, with just the goalkeeper to beat, could only prod the ball towards goal for Olsen make a vital save.

And with County still looking for the winner they were caught with a sucker punch at the final whistle when Mead picked up the ball inside the County box again. Turning and twisting away from her markers she hit a sweet shoot high and wide past Chamberlain to win the game for Sunderland.

20150712_0056

Mead wins it for the Black Cats with seconds remaining.

A tremendously disappointing result then for County. Although playing well and dominating possession they were punished for not taking their chances and perhaps looking for a winner late on when they might have sat back and defended the point.

But onwards and upwards – it’s difficult to see County finishing outside of the top 3 when they have such quality in-depth this season!

COYP!

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

Puffins, Shags and nasty Terns – the Farne Isles!   2 comments

The Farne Isles on the North East coast of England are a haven for Puffin and various other sea birds; and introduced to the prospect of photographing these beautiful birds by a fellow photographer Tesni Ward ( check out her work here: www.tesniward.co.uk  I set off for these wonderous isles early last Sunday morning.

Here’s the day in words and pictures:

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_0862

A 3am start in Nottingham saw us arrive well in time for the boat trip from Seahouses out to the isles sailing at 9:30am. We’d booked the ‘all day’ bird trip which was approximately 6 hours; a 2 hour stay on Staple Island and a 3 hour stop on the second island; Inner Farne.

20150621_1308

Arriving on the islands a first glance gives the impression the scene is idyllic and tranquil…

20150621_1291

… Puffin shuttle from sea to burrow bringing in beak fulls of Sandeels for their chicks…

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_0609… Shag bask in the warming sunshine…

20150621_1300

… Tern protect their chicks and dive bomb visitors as Eider ducks waddle comically around the island…

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1175

… as strange bespectacled seabird watch the day go by.

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_0641

But all is not as it seems! In fact to sit and watch for a while is to come to the realisation that this is a never-ending battle for life over death!

The Puffin, exhausted from their fishing trips, return to the skies over the island to face a mob of seaguls…

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_0665

… who wait to pounce when the puffin lands to steal their hard-earned Sandeels.

20150621_1286

If they succeed too often the Puffin chicks die in the burrows of starvation.

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1246

Safety is a hole in the ground…

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1278

… but those feet just aren’t designed for a 100m sprint!

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1010

Tern relentlessly guard their eggs and then their chicks from gulls and Herring Gulls on the island.

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1263

They stoop and dive to drive off the predators from the chicks hidden in the gorse and grasses.

20150621_1304

Sometimes they succeed…

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1229

…. sometimes they don’t.

All in all the visit, as well as offering wonderful photographic opportunities, is quite an eye opener.

Life on the rocks is a day-by-day battle for survival!

Puffin Farne Isles_20150621_1140

(C) Copyright Drew Smith Photography 2015

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 200 other followers

%d bloggers like this: