Nottingham Forest Women are looking to put their pre-lockdown defeat behind them and kick on with the restart, with valuable points on offer in their race for promotion.
Before the FA Women’s National League North was postponed due to the lockdown, Andy Cook’s side were disappointed to lose 1-0 away to Sunderland Women, as Kiera Ramshaw’s 58th minute strike was enough to hand the home team all 3 points.
Cook was unhappy that his side “lacked that killer instinct” to get anything from the game, speaking to the Club’s website.
As the season restarts, Forest Women look ahead to their trip to the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground on December 13th to face a Burnley side, currently 8th in the table, who will be looking to catch up to the teams in the promotion race.
Forest are currently in 4th place with 14 points and will be looking to close the 5 point gap to league leaders Huddersfield Town.
Following this game, the Reds will have their first home tie since October 25th, as they host West Bromwich Albion at their ground, Eastwood CFC.
West Brom are just a single point behind Forest in 5th place, so this will be an integral game to their climb up the table, with a defeat almost certain to see them slip down in the standings.
During the course of the lockdown, Andy Cook’s team were unable to train, so will have to work hard in their upcoming festive fixtures to stay in contention for promotion.
As things stand, Nottinghamshire is in Tier 3, so they will not be able to allow fans to their home games, and their away trip to Burnley will also be crowdless.
These are not ideal circumstances, but Forest Women will be excited to resume their season and try to recapture their earlier season form, where they won four games in a row from September to October.
Summer signing Rachael Brown echoed this speaking to the Club’s website, stating that the month away from playing “only adds extra motivation to push on and battle to the top of the table.”