Redemption Monday! Tipping point for County as they beat Liverpool at the Lane.   Leave a comment

Redemption: noun 1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

Tipping point: noun 1. the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.

Notts County Ladies took a commanding 3-0 lead over two-time champions Liverpool on Monday then conceded 2 in as many minutes as they hung on in a tense finale.

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

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BT Sports were in town. The game going out live on channel 409 or somewhere down there.

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As usual the team had wonderful support with just shy of 1,500 spectators braving the weather to cheer the girls on.

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The FAWSL finally get with the program and advertise their product on the ball girls’ shirts. Genius.

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Sadly we can’t see which club these girls were from. 😦

The girls warm-up beneath the 154 year old sign. Which is holding up pretty well.

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Super physio Krista with her YTS support.

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Matt (call me PT Barnum) Rowland gives another one of his inspirational talk to the volunteers.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1002The girls give him their rapt attention.

On the bench for Liverpool Alex Greenwood returns to the Lane.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1045Alex disappointed she wasn’t playing.

Here’s the gaffer having checked that the pitch will take a stud.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1023It’s pi$$ing down Rick, of course it will!  🙂

Rachel Williams, out with an ankle injury, chips the practice balls into the bag. Good job Krista didn’t see her. 🙂

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Mascot Monday! Andy Stokes – new mascot head coach had put the kids through their paces ….

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1042… to make sure they were knackered and would stand still for the photo.

Kick-off then and after a dismal showing against Reading the week before Notts had to come out firing on all cylinders. With so relatively few games in a season County couldn’t afford to falter again.

The whistle blew and the heavens opened.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1034Ellen White was, as ever, seemingly everywhere on the pitch.

Her strike partner Jess Clarke was putting in her usual high-octane performance.

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Birthday girl Clarke was turning the reds defense inside out.

The rain continued poured down and County continued to apply pressure with Rachel Yankey pulling the strings.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1025Yankey prepared to pour cold water on Liverpool’s hopes of a victory.

Then on 13 minutes Notts got the breakthrough they deserved after bossing the game from the Kick-off! Good work by influential Rachel Yankey down the left flank …..

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…….Ellen White was quickest to react to the cross and beat her defender and Liverpool keeper Siobhan Chamberlain to the ball to steer the ball over the line!

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1-0 Notts.

White celebrates with provider Yankey.

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County continued to dominate and really looked the part against a Liverpool side that were simply being outclassed.

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Ellen White dominates in the air…..

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… and on the ground!

On 34 minutes a worldie from Jess Clarke made it 2-0 County. Picking up the ball on the right-wing she cut inside…

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…. and hit a cracker with her weaker left foot that flew over the Liverpool keeper’s desperate leap into the air.

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GOAL!

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1095 - CopyHappy Birthday Jess!

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1096 - CopyThe 3 Amigos.

Notts were purring but against the run of play Liverpool were awarded a penalty for a tackle by Amy turner that seemed to clearly connect with the ball. But Caroline Weir skied the ball over the bar.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1102Dani and Carly celebrate the miss.

Just before half-time a push in the back sent County defender Sophie Bradley-Auckland sliding….

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…. head first into the post!

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Sophie is escorted off by Krista.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1098 She came back on to play the last 5 minutes but didn’t reappear for the second half. 😦

Half time then and no photos from me of the Matt (PT Barnum) Rowland show… basically because I was bent double laughing! If you were there you’ll know what I mean. 🙂

The second half then and Ellen White claimed her second and Notts’ third! Yup – 3-0 to the Pies!

White chases a long ball, collects and cuts inside the Liverpool defender and ….

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1051… curls a dream shot….

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1052… past the keeper…

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1053… to make it….

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1054… 3-0 County!

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1061 GET IN! Ellen is …. pleased with that!

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1063And so is Jess!

County were cruising! With 8 minutes remaining it looked like 3 points were assured.

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But …. then the wheels came off!

Another slightly dubious penalty saw Liverpool peg a goal back!

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1117Katie Zelem scores from the spot!

Rick is somewhat perturbed by the turn of events!

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Then County conceded a second. This time Zelem slipping unnoticed through the Notts defense to receive a pass that….

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…. put her in on goal to fire across keeper Carly to make it 3-2!

All that happened in 4 minutes!

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Surely we weren’t going to give up 2 points now!?

I don’t think Rick was asking Krantz to hurry up!

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Thankfully the final whistle came before a reds third goal. Which most certainly wouldn’t have been a fair result.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1099Panic over! Notts bag all 3 points and go to 4th in the table with a couple of games in-hand!

Rick wonders why he’s in football management!

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Ellen and Jess discuss whose goal was the best!

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Then Jess is off to collect her prezzies.

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And her fair share of adoration!

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As ever the inclusive nature of the WSL is in evidence as players sign for the fans.

NCL FC vs Liverpool FA WSL1068This is Angharad James … who had a very impressive game in midfield.

Tomorrow Notts play Birmingham at the Lane.

Get along to support one of the top teams in the FAWSL and cheer on the Lady Pies to their second 3 pointer!

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Posted May 7, 2016 by Drew in Uncategorized

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