My first Women's Premier League game and it certainly won't be my last. Very entertaining game - £3 well spent....
The Forest line up was published on twitter - couldn't find the United one though.
Reds : Vanessa Kinnerley, Laura O'Neill, Emma Hollingsworth, Kelly Kennaugh (c), Eleanor Clarke, Stephanie Smith, Reanne Thomas, Samantha Conroy, Amber Hughes, Andrea Bell, Meg Howard. Subs: Trina Greaves, Lauren Howard, Natasha Meade.
The first half hour was fairly uneventful, although Forest had most of the possession. Sadly they lacked the final touch and barely troubled the United keeper.
Newcastle took the lead on 33, very much against the run of play. MEGAN PYPER fired a shot at goal that Reds keeper Vanessa Kinnerley did well to save. Unfortunately the loose ball fell to Jess Foster on the far post and she coolly fired it back into the path of the no. 9 who couldn't miss from 5 yards out. H-T 0-1
Forest were level just three minutes into the second period when the visitors defence failed to deal with a corner, and allowed CONROY space in the box to steer home after the ball ran loose.
Forest took the lead on 65 in somewhat controversial circumstances. Two Newcastle players were down injured, but with the Referee waving play on, Lauren Howard crossed and Meg Howard flicked the ball onto AMBER HUGHES who side-footed home.
Forest then seemed to back off and allowed the Newcastle lasses plenty of room, room that left back JESS HAVELOCK ran into before smashing a 25 yard thunderbolt over the outstreched hands of Kinnerley to level the scores. What a strike!!!! F-T 2-2
At times I was wondering if Charlotte Crosby of Geordie Shore/Celebrity Big Brother fame was on the pitch - some of the language was certainly not becoming of ladies!! Call me old fashioned, but it just didn't seem right to hear expletive after expletive - but having said that the Referee didn't seem to worry overmuch - he never pulled anyone up for the use of industrial language. F-T 2-2
Attendance : at kick off I counted 42, but this increased after half-time to 55.