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Ladies hit six past rivals County

7 March 2016

Jessica Machin and Monica Bowley both hit braces as Mansfield Town Ladies defeated Notts County Development 6-3 at Rainworth on Sunday.

Their two goals apiece were added to by Georgianne Herring and an own goal to ensure a thrashing of the Magpies.

Mansfield were able to give a debut to Georgie Herring - the attacking midfielder signed for the club a few weeks ago from Rise Park. 

The first real chance fell to Notts’ attacker Courtney Csomer but her shot was well saved by Jay-Leanne Fenton in the Mansfield net. The next opportunity came to Mansfield debutant Herring, but her shot was pushed wide after good work from Machin.

It was the Stagettes who broke the deadlock when good work down the right-wing from Androulla Kokkinou paid off as she played the ball to Marie Wayne who picked out Machin. The striker was left with the simple task of tapping the ball in from just a few yards out. 

Only three minutes after opening the scoring, Mansfield had doubled their lead. Day whipped in an aggressive corner which goalkeeper Allcock could only push into her own net. 

Mansfield continued to be a threat down both wings with Bowley and Kokkinou able to continually use their pace to great effect.

It was the former who broke through for Mansfield's next real opportunity but the ‘keeper was able to dive on the ball and deny her. 

Notts County had a real chance to get back in the game when Mansfield's ‘keeper Fenton mis-kicked from a goal kick. The ball went straight to Notts' April Bingham, but she couldn't make the most of the empty net and it went wide.

Mansfield's third goal came from another corner. Day again swung in a deadly ball and after a goalmouth scramble wasn't cleared, Bowley was able to smash the ball home.

With the game looking wrapped up before half-time, the hosts were soon given a wake-up call as Notts reduced the deficit back to only two when Bingham was played through and she kept her composure to lift a lovely finish over the top of Fenton in the Mansfield net.

The game stayed that way until just after the hour-mark when Magpies’ substitute Shoniqua Barnes collected the ball on the edge of the box, looked up and rifled a shot over the head of the Stagettes’ ‘keeper.

With manager Lewis Saxby busy on the touchline, attempting to regroup his players before County could build on their momentum, the Magpies got back on level terms when a free-kick deep on the left side of the pitch was curled in by Jasmin Bear.

That equalising goal seemed to spark something in the Mansfield side as they were back in front again shortly afterwards. Machin was able to grab her second of the game when she headed a bouncing ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper.

As the match entered the last ten minutes, it was the Stagettes who were able to get the decisive next goal to open up a gap between the teams. 

Herring ran onto a great ball through before striking it ruthlessly past the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper, despite a faint touch in a desperate attempt to stop it going in.

The victory was then wrapped up in the 85th minute from yet another set-piece. A corner was fired across and not cleared, leaving Bowley to again tap it in for her second of the game.

Mansfield: Fenton, Allen, Day, Davis, Chapman, Watton, Wayne, Kokkniou, Machin, Herring, Bowley

Subs: Potter, Adams

Notts County Development: Allcock, Mason, Townsend, Bradshaw, Sellars, Bear, Bingham, Walters, Horton, Thomas, Csomer

Subs: Barnes, Dunk, Beadle, Middleton

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