Forward Marie Wayne scored for the Stagettes as they were denied a second consecutive Nottinghamshire County Cup Final on Sunday with a 5-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest Ladies at One Call Stadium.
Lewis Saxby’s side overcame Nottingham Forest Ladies' Reserves in the previous round but they couldn’t get past the Reds’ first team colleagues, who are two leagues above Mansfield.
The game started off with some great passing football from both sides. The Stagettes had the first real opportunity but Jemma Douglas could only head Emma Day’s free-kick wide.
With only 14 minutes played Forest took the lead, Annabel McKechnie was able to finish after a great passing move, which started with her own ‘keeper. It was soon 2-0 to the Reds when Natasha Meade was able to float a ball over the Mansfield defence for Andrea Bell, who saw her first shot get parried by the onrushing Kasie Coyle before tapping in the rebound.
Just before the break, Forest put the game to bed when Meade was able to pick out the run of McKechnie, who calmly slotted it past the Mansfield goalkeeper.
Just seven minutes into the second half, McKechnie was able to get her third and Forest’s fourth. Mansfield's clearance fell to the player 30 yards out and her strike dipped over Coyle's head and into the net.
As the game went on, Mansfield started to relax and grow into the match. The home team nearly gave the supporters something to cheer when Day's corner was headed just wide of the post.
Late on, Forest were able to get their fifth of the encounter. Rebecca Kemp won the ball and ran half the length of the pitch before slotting through to Moriah McIntosh, who smashed the ball home.
The Stagettes did score a consolation for their determination when Wayne was able to play a quick one-two with Androulla Kokkinou before firing in to draw applause from the crowd and her team-mates.