Notts County Ladies vs Bristol Academy at Bristol   1 comment

Goals! Goals! Goals! Seven actually.

County secure their first league win by smashing 5 past Bristol Academy.

Here’s the day in words and pictures:

I had the pleasure (and it was a pleasure) of traveling with the NCL FC team on the coach to Bristol for this first long distance away game. 8 hours spent sitting next to Matt Rowland (I’m shamelessly name dropping now) was an edifying experience.

Bristol Academy welcomes you with Tulips.


Making good time on the journey and arriving rather early left time to kill.


NCL FC CEO Luke Negus-Hill checks to see if they’ve spelled his name correctly in the match programme.

The Vixens proud, and enormous, promotional poster displays two of their best players – who have unfortunately left the club this season for greener grass.

25Apr2015_0030immortalise your star players on the side of your facilities at your peril.

Hand shakes at the start of the game and it looks like both team captains are eager to get started. As was the rain, which right on cue began to fall and didn’t stop for the entire game.


McCatty (just a great name) and our own Laura Bassett shake and race off to get the game going.

The Pies started well, grew into the game and looked threatening every time they probed the Bristol defense. So it was no surprise that with a quarter of an hour gone they opened the scoring.
Captain Laura Bassett started a move that concluded with Ellen White squaring the ball to Aileen Whelan whom beat her marker like a bowl of fresh farm eggs and cracked the ball into the bottom corner of the Bristol net.

Aileen Whelan finishes an impressive County passing move with aplomb. 1-0 NOTTS!


Aileen Whelan continues to impress in a County shirt.

County were on fire and totally dominating play and went on to double their tally on the half hour. Aileen Whelan found Rachel Williams with a cross and the County number 8 slotted home for what seemed like her umpteenth goal of the season and Notts second. 2-0 NOTTS!

25Apr2015_0649Rachel Williams scores Notts 2nd goal.

Two minutes later Notts pressure resulted in a free kick. Alex Greenwood took it and picked out (sounds better than ‘hit in the general direction of’) Fern Whelan as she made her run into the box. The County central defender got to the ball before Bristol keeper Earps and rocketed the ball into the back of the Bristol net. 3-0 Notts! 

25Apr2015_0151Earps comes to punch but is beaten to the ball by Fern Whelan to claim her first goal for County.

The Bristol goal is continually under siege now.


Earps clears downfiled to relive the pressure.


As the rain intensifies the referee gives permission for Amy Turner to use an umbrella.

25Apr2015_0768Turner with a solution to the inclement weather.

County fans like what they are seeing!


Half time then.

The rain increased in intensity and as the second half commenced County fans might have been forgiven for anticipating a bumper haul of goals.

Instead Bristol hit Notts with two goals in 5 minutes through Ingle…


… and then Watts to make it 3-2.


Bristol’s 10, Watts pegs County back to 3-2 and its game on!

Only it wasn’t game on. It might have been easy to see how Bristol with the momentum would then kick on to bring the game level but instead Notts resumed their domination, kept their heads at the back and reestablished their passing game.

With 80 minutes gone Notts struck their 4th goal.

It was Greenwood again in the role of provider …


… that supplied a deliciously weighted pass to Rachel (can’t stop scoring) Williams to run on to, collect and score past Earps.

25Apr2015_1061Rachel Williams gets her second and Notts fourth to once again prove just how influencial she can be in a game. 4-0 Notts!

County reign supreme as the game runs to its inevitable conclusion of a Notts win.


Ellen White goes close.

25Apr2015_1067Leanne Crichton picks up a yellow.

25Apr2015_0913Dani Buet rides a tackle.

And as the ref starts to search for her whistle for full time Aileen Whelan is brought down in the Bristol box and she finds a use for it in blowing for a Penalty to Notts.

Alex Greenwood, who has undoubtedly played her best game of the season so far, steps up to take it….

25Apr2015_0286… and hits it high into the Bristol net past the flailing hand of keeper Earps. 5-2 NOTTS!

Full time and County win 5-2 and the long trip home (despite sitting next to Matt Rowland) is so much more bearable. 🙂

County skipper Bassett and the team go to thank the traveling Notts supporters.


Hugs and handshakes all round.


Rick Passmoor gives the post match team debriefing.


There was a lot of relief in this well deserved result.


This game and the following 6 days will go a long way to defining NCL FC’s season; a midweek win in the game against Sunderland will capitilise on this win against Bristol and put them back in the title race. A win against Everton in the FA Cup at the weekend will send them to Wembley for a Cup Final in the summer.

So, if you are within striking distance of Meadow Lane on Wednesday evening, get yourself down there and support to the girls, but more importantly treat yourself to what promises to be a great game of football.

(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 April 26, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

One response to “Notts County Ladies vs Bristol Academy at Bristol

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  1. Fantastic. The pictures really describe it well. County’s season is really blasting off recently!


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