Notts title hopes fade.   Leave a comment

Notts County Ladies title hopes all but evaporated on hot and humid Sunday afternoon at Meadow Lane today.

The Pies couldn’t repeat their earlier win over Birmingham City Ladies FC and went down to a solitary goal from the Blues, leaving them 11 points away from top spot. The game was full of honest endevour again but Birmingham had far and away the better chances on goal whilst County struggled to create any clear cut chances of their own.

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

Notts suffered a blow early in the week when it was confirmed that Sophie Bradley had suffered damage to her anterior cruciate ligament and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Here’s wishing her a full and healthy recovery.

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County Captain Sophie Bradley on crutches and suffering the torment of all injured professionals of having to just sit and watch.

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The game was hard fought. Lots of battles all over the pitch with both defenses playing well.

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With a bit of rough stuff here and there……..

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… the odd blatant nudge in the back….

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… going unpunished….

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… but with many moments of skill too.

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It was a pensive sideline watching this ‘do-or-die’ game for Notts.

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Jess Clarke and Dunia Susi ran at the Birmingham defense but without real success.

The first half ended with a golden opportunity for Birmingham to open the scoring when City’s Hannah Keryakoplis headed Karen Carney’s cross down at the ground in front of  Carly Telford from inside the six yard box when it would have been easier to score.

The second half resumed and we all waited for County to pick up the pace and start giving their opponents real problems but it was Birmingham that found the net. Early on in the first half a corner from Potts swung in to the far corner of the County goal uncontested.

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Notts concede one of those ‘nothing’ goals that sometimes just happen.

But even this didn’t seem to galvanise the Notts players who seemed a little short on ideas in this game. In fact it was Birmingham in the ascendency and they went on to create 2 or 3 very good openings that they failed to put away.

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Carney pulls the trigger but is off target as Birmingham look to increase the scoreline.

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Then a terrific pass found a Blues striker clear on goal from 6 yards out and it was left to Carly Telford to keep Notts in the game as she was quickly off her line to smother the attempt.

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Carly saves the day…. temporarily.

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Waiting for the corner kick. The Blues keeper feeling the pressure pushes several Notts players away.

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But Notts threat, such as it was today, fizzled out along with the 90 minutes and any hope County had of challenging for the League Title.

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Game over, at least as far as the League goes.

So, lets see what we can do in the Continental Cup semi finals.

 

 

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