Notts County Ladies 1st team exited the League Cup at the hands of East Midlands Womens Premier League outfit Ellis Town.
Notts County Ladies 1st team exited the League Cup at the hands of East Midlands Womens Premier League outfit Ellis Town who won 4-1.
Notts were without any substitutes today due to illness and injury and two of the 11 players were under the weather, but the ladies from Notts County started brightly and soon got into their trademark passing game, which resulted in them playing their football in the oppositions half and having almost all of the possession.
Hazel Clark in the County goal didn’t have a save to make in the first period as the back four of Lauren Jubb, Serena Mason, Robyn Henton and Susan Cronin dealt with any loose balls and were playing the ball around with confidence.
Notts created numerous goal scoring chances but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. April Bingham was terrorising the Ellis Town defence with her runs while the midfield duo of Captain Selina Luciw and Cath Eyley bossed the middle of the park winning possession and commanding the area.
County had to rely on a deflection from an Ellis Town defender to take the lead on 40 minutes, Jasmin Bear’s cross from the right was deflected into the bottom corner.
The hosts went into the break clearly playing the better football and having lots of possession but having just the 1 goal to show for their efforts when it could have and should have been more, but for poor finishing which was going to be the home sides downfall.
The second period started much the same as the 1st period, but that was until Ellis Town made a substitution as Sal Walton (GB Hockey player olympic bronze medallists) soon made an impact with the ball over the top for Walton to run onto and confidently slot the ball in the bottom corner.
County struggled to deal with her pace and after the equaliser, Town began to press quickly and County started to panic on the ball and make a few mistakes. A carbon copy of the 1st goal gave Ellis Town the lead and County struggled to produce the performance of the first period, Ellis went on to score two further goals and a hat-trick for Ellis Towns player of the match Walton who made the difference.
The Magpies player of the match went to Alex Francis who ran and worked hard for the full 90 minutes.
The game was a decider as to which competition teams go into. Ellis Town will meet Arnold Town in the next round of the cup while Notts County have a bye in the next round of the Plate competition.
Manager Andrew Eastwood told the Official Site: “Again another promising performance from Notts as they continue to play attractive exciting football, the first period was one of the best halves that we have played, making Ellis Town look ordinary but lessons have to be learned and we need to do this for the full 90 minutes."
County are back in league action next week as they entertain Pinxton at Church Lane with a 2pm KO.