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Notts 1-4 Derby

Hemmings grabs debut goal but visitors dominate

14 July 2018

Kane Hemmings converted a second-half penalty to open his Notts account in this afternoon's 4-1 pre-season defeat to Derby County.

The forward stroked the ball home confidently after Curties Davies had fouled young forward Remaye Campbell in the area.

Derby were already 3-0 up, however, courtesy of goals from Luke Thomas (2) and former Magpie Mason Bennett.

And the Rams added a fourth through Tom Huddlestone late on to consign Notts to their first defeat of pre-season.

Notts starting XI: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Hall, Brisley, Jones, Boldewijn, Hewitt, Vaughan, Thomas, Alessandra, Stead.

This was Frank Lampard's first game as a manager and his team started on the front foot, opening the scoring within two minutes when Thomas cut inside Dan Jones before beating Ross Fitzsimons with a fierce strike from a tight angle.

Jones curled a free-kick just wide of Kelle Roos' post by way of response but was called into more defensive action moments later when he had to slide in to deny David Nugent a shot on goal.

Tom Lawrence rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort and Fitzsimons made a smart save to deny Craig Bryson as the Rams kept up their pressure.

And Notts' defence was eventually beaten once more on 37 minutes when Thomas bagged his second, firing the ball across goal and into the far corner.

Fitzsimons kept Notts in the contest with a strong save to deny Nugent shortly before the referee called time on the half.

Richard Duffy replaced Ben Hall at the break and Notts enjoyed a promising start to the second half, Alessandra seeing a shot saved minutes before toe-poking the ball over the bar from eight yards after it had fallen kindly for him at a corner.

But Lampard's men were the next to find the net, albeit in fortuitous circumstances as Bennett latched on to a loose ball in the box to slide home Derby's third unopposed.

Alessandra had another opportunity to find the net when Derby's substitute keeper Jonathan Mitchell's miscued clearance from outside the area left the Derby goal gaping.

Alessandra, however, could only send the ball over - his final contribution before making way for Hemmings.

Vaughan and Stead also departed, with Campbell and Noor Husin coming on, as Nolan began to ring the changes.

Terry Hawkridge, Alex Howes, Pierce Bird, Sam Osborne, Tom Crawford, Tyreece Kennedy-Williams (U18) and Max Culverwell (U18) all came on as the half progressed and Notts' young side battled admirably against their experienced counterparts.

And the Magpies scored a deserved goal with a quarter of an hour left to play when Davies was adjudged to have felled Campbell in the area, setting Hemmings up to bag his first goal in the black and white from 12 yards.

Any hopes of a comeback were quashed soon afterwards when Huddlestone found the bottom corner with a sweetly struck effort, but it was nevertheless a productive pre-season run-out for Notts.

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