Notts County Ladies vs Birmingham (away)   1 comment

Misfiring County give up 6 points to buoyant Blues!

The Lady Pies faced a repeat of last week’s fixture (gotta love the FA), this time away to Birmingham, and came away with a repeat of last week’s scoreline!

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

It was a sunny day in Solihull for this game against a resurgent Birmingham side.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016023That’s mascot Grace with Laura – later sent off by the Ref for not wearing shin pads. Grace that is .. not Laura.

But lets not get ahead of ourselves….. first a few pre-game warm up pics to get us in the mood.

Here’s some of the backroom staff in the dugout:

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016008Bob, Tanya, Colin, Paul and the Gaffer contemplate the complexities and stratagems for the day ahead.

The Blues’ ball girls looked resplendent in their matching green strip … hmm, that must be the keeper in grey.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016017Yup, that’s the keeper, look at those shorts.

Our girls warm up.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016006Jessica and Aileen compare tattoos.

So, that’s everybody professionally warming up then….. oh, wait….

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016018… Matt (living the dream) Rowland goes through his own idiosyncratic pre-match warm-up.

Sadly Pies defender Sophie Bradley is out injured with a niggling knee injury.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016005Bradders sidelined.

Grace gets to meet her heroes:

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016021Posing with Rachel Yankey, then Sophie and Laura later on.

Some of the County fans arrived for this match before the County team:

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016004Ice creams all round. I wonder who this young fan’s favourite player is?

Birmingham’s fans were not to be outdone!

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016027Even the lollies were blue!

Then there’s just time before kick-off for Colin Walker to… get some posing practice in having been named the FAWSL ‘Mr July 2016′!

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016003Tanya times how long Colin can hold his stomach in.

Then it’s game on….. and the teams come out to fervent fan support.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016014Laura leads the Pies and Grace on to the pitch.

County started the livelier of the two teams with some forthright play on a difficult hard and bumpy pitch.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016042Carly Telford starts another attack.

Rick forsakes the dugout to perch on a bag of balls.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016040The Gaffer improves his core stability.

County came close in the first half and closer still when Blue’s keeper Baggaley stopped a thunderous volley from Ellen White:

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016035White executes a perfect volley but the balls flies straight at the keeper!

Then minutes later Notts missed a sitter. White wrong footed both defender and keeper with a perfect pass inside to Luik as she ran in to the  box…..

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016032

Luik meets the pass from White….

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016031

…. defender and keeper are already beaten….

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016030

… but Luik somehow steers the ball wide of the left upright!

From that point on Birmingham’s defense managed to block everything County threw at them.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016064Including this Amy Turner thow-in.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016028and Angraahad James’ shot.

Birmingham keeper Baggaley gave another accomplished performance.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016024Baggaley saves the Blues again.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016059The first half ended in deadlock! 0-0

The second half … the second half was inexplicable! Notts simply fell away. With little or no pressure on the Birmingham goal the Blues took the lead.

Remi Allen pounced on a Carly Telford’s save from Potter’s shot to give the Blues the lead.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016053Potter shoots!

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016054Birmingham celebrate Allen’s goal.

Second half substitutions couldn’t turn the tide.

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016060Aileen Whelan surrounded by blue.

The game ended with a bizarre incident when Rachel Yankey retrieving a ball for a throw-in seemed to be body-checked on the sideline by Blues ass. manager Marcus Bignot!

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016062Yankey falls to the floor after tangling with Blues’ ass. manager…

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016063… and pushes him in the chest… for which she is booked.

Neither ref nor linesman saw the sideways step Parker took to interfere with the County player.

Although the officials seemed to keep and eye on the less contentious moments in the game….

NCL FC vs BLFC 2016055…. they did continually fail to play advantage of any kind and instead blew early for the foul.

The final whistle went seeing County lose for a second time in 14 days to local rivals Birmingham. Had Notts capitalised on their first half chances who know what might have happened. This result took Birmingham to 3rd place in the league and sent Notts down to 6th with just 4 points.

There’s a long break in fixtures now (gotta love the FA) with the league resuming on the 26th of June. Time for Rick to put the wheels back on Notts season? We shall see.



Posted May 25, 2016 by Drew in Uncategorized

One response to “Notts County Ladies vs Birmingham (away)

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  1. Great shots Drew coupled with fabulous witty commentary!


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