Burnley FC Women v Nottingham Forest Women
FA WNL Premier Division North
Padiham FC’s Arbories Ground (Ruby Civil Arena)
Sunday 10th November 2019
Burnley FC Women slipped to their first league defeat of the season against Nottingham Forest Women through a single goal scored by the league’s top scorer Precious Hamilton. The Clarets had failed to convert a number of chances in the first half before Nottingham Forest came out stronger in the second and made good use of a chance when it arose mid-way in the half.
An energetic start to the game saw Evie Priestley and Lizzy Hamer attacking the Forest goal and a ball played across the goal by Kerry Hope travelled through without interception.
Forest responded and won a corner which was cleared awkwardly and out for another corner but the Clarets counter attacked through Leanne Prescott and her low cross also passed through the Forest defence where their keeper dived and tipped the ball out to safety.
The Clarets had their best chance from an Evie Priestley interception and quick play through Prescott and Hamer to Levi Rathburn who in front of the keeper did not get enough power in her shot and the effort was saved.
Forest were very quick to close down and challenge the Clarets defence trying to force mistakes when they played out from the back. The Clarets responded well under the pressure and shrugged of the advances. Forest were frustrated in their attacking moves as the Clarets defence held strong forcing them to revert to shooting from distance.
Forest had their best chance when they got inside the box and Hamilton tried to tee up another striker with a pass to the centre where Emily Wilkinson made a well-timed sliding tackle to see off the threat. Later a shot from outside the box called Bracewell into action to make a diving save.
Late on Priestley made her presence known as she weaved through Forest defenders and shooting with only the keeper to beat but it was directed marginally wide.
The second half started with Forest pressing forward and a striker looped the ball over the bar from close range inside a well defended Clarets box. Later Forest won a series of corners that were well defended and in frustration Bracewell was bundled by an over enthusiastic striker as Forest tried to find a way through.
During the half the Clarets were by no means penned in but were not penetrating deep enough on their forward moves. Forest were also confined to half chances as the Clarets defended well, though Bracewell had to slide in to smoother a forward ball in the middle of the half.
It was a half chance that undid the Clarets as Hamilton intercepted a cross with a high stretched foot ahead of Bracewell’s interception and the ball continued into the net. 0-1.
In the final ten minutes the Clarets lifted the game but it wasn’t enough with the only good chance coming from a Rathburn cross that the keeper intercepted by diving and tipping away.
Next Sunday, Burnley FC Women are in action in the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup against Blackburn Community LFC at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Harrison Playing Fields, Lammack Road, Blackburn, BB1 8LA. Kick-off is 2pm.