Notts Ladies League
at the John Fretwell Centre
Market Warsop (2) 5
Jodie Ellis 10, 40, 52
Georgie Herring 49
Shelley Marriott-Smith 90
Sherwood Youth (0) 1
Rebecca Frith 50
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Emma Horsnall, Gemma Hodgkinson, Emma Potter, Justine Turley, Becky Braithwaite, Georgie Herring, Tracey Marriott-Smith, Marie Wayne, Kelly Clayton, Shelley Marriott-Smith, Jodie Ellis
Sub - Anji Cooper
Keegan Brooks, Holly Brooks, Rhiannon Harrison, Jade Bough, Aimee Farmery, Leigh Harrington, Hollie Darling, Chimelle Hunter, Grace Benjamin, Rebecca Frith, Amy Clifford
Sub - Beth Bough
Market Warsop needed just a point today to be confirmed as champions of the Notts Ladies League and to claim the honour of promotion to the East Midland's Women's Football League, and though their visitors: Sherwood Youth Ladies put in a spirited performance, the home side were ultimately too strong for them.
Shelley Marriott-Smith was thwarted in the second minute as she was just about to pull the trigger, twelve yards from goal , but the ball bounced unkindly in front of her.
The next chance fell to Kelly Clayton, but she hooked a long range effort over the bar.
Marie Wayne and Georgie Herring were involved in the build up play in the tenth minute and Jodie Ellis beat Keegan Brooks to the ball and squeezed it past her from close range with a deft finish to open the scoring.
Herring drilled an ambitious long range shot high and wide of the target, but as a well organised visiting side put up a dogged rearguard action, leaving Aimee Farmery up on the halfway line to make good of any long clearances, it was fairly obvious that there were more goals to come this afternoon, from Warsop lasses.
Tracey Marriott-Smith drilled a twenty five yard shot just past the post and (S) Marriott Smith was denied when Brooks turned her stinging shot around the post.
Clayton delivered a pinpoint corner towards (T) Marriott-Smith, but having made a good run into the heart of the Sherwood defence, she diverted the ball over the bar.
Georgie Herring took the ball down and rode a clutch of attempted challenges to make herself an opening, and when he fiercely struck shot ricocheted back from off of the angle of the left upright, it fell invitingly to Ellis who claimed her second goal of the game with an easy tap in.
Right on the stroke of half time, Wayne chipped the ball over the Sherwood defence into the path of Ellis, but Brooks came bravely off her line to reach the ball than ran loose to Rhiannan Middleton, who cleared it away for a corner.
Four minutes after the restart, Georgie Herring launched a dipping free kick into the Sherwood six yard box from out on the left wing, which ended up in the back of net. I thought (S) Marriott-Smith had got the final touch, but the referee, who was closer than me to the incident ruled that it had gone straight in for Herring's kick.
Either way, it was three-nil now and surely the home side were on their way to the title now.
But within a minute, Sherwood pulled a goal back, when Leigh Harrington set up Rebecca Frith who hit a stunning shot and took her goal well.
You couldn't take your eyes off of this game for a second and Ellis claimed her hat trick for the champions elect from their very nest attack, after running on to Herring's through ball and planting a well executed lob over the advancing visitors keeper.
Warsop were now in controland they finished the game with a relentless spell of pressure: Herring rolled a shot across the face of goal and wide of the left hand post, Clayton shot wide of the left hand post, Harrison blocked a goal bound effort apiece from Gemma Hodgkinson and Clayton, while Hodgkinson also saw her thumping shot rattle against the post and Becky Braitwaite was a whisker away from scoring.
Ellis pounced onto the ball as Brooks parried a cross away, but Jade Bough cleared her shot off of the line.
With full time approaching, (S) Marriott-Smith connected with Herring's left wing corner but headed wide. In stoppage time, Herring and (S) Marriott- Smith repeated the exact same routine, but this the latter met the ball with her forehead and crashed it into the roof of the net. You don't stop them.
FT: Market Warsop Ladies 5 v Sherwood Ladies 1
Let the party commence!
On Wednesday May 10th, we're heading to see Market Warsop take on Retford United Ladies in the Notts Ladies League Cup Final. The game will kick off at 7.30pm at Calverton Miners Welfare.
Congratulations to MWLFC for winning the league and promotion.