Busy week ahead for county sides
THIS week will be the busiest of the season for the Nottinghamshire Schools' representative sides with all four squads in action.
The boys' U18 side meet Greater Manchester in the second round of the English Schools' County Championship, while tomorrow, both U16 sides are in action.
The boys' travel to Middlesbrough tomorrow to take on Cleveland in their National County Championship at Northfield Sports College (6pm) while the girls play Cleveland in a friendly, hoping to build on a 3-2 win over Lincolnshire.
On the same evening, the U15s will be having trials for the county squad at Clipstone Miners Welfare. There will be two sessions, players from the north of the county in action from 6-7.30pm and then players from the south from 7.30-9pm.
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The County Girls' side, which is a joint affair between the Schools' F.A. and the Nottinghamshire FA, made a winning start with victory over Lincolnshire at Collingham.
After some early sparring, Nottinghamshire went into the lead after 17 minutes when a fine run down the left brought an over-hit cross which Laura Meyrick recovered wide on the right. Her fine cross was just over Sianna Bennett's head but was swept in by the on-rushing Becca Carnelley.
Notts were now in full flow with the pace of Carnelley and Meyrick causing problems, although Jessica Sullivan was forced into a save from Courtney Limb after a break away.
Notts increased their lead when Meyrick's fine run through the middle was followed by a clinical finish.
With Charlotte Steggles and Millie Fugler in good form at the back, Lincs struggled to breach the defence but Notts suffered a blow when captain Fugler pulled a hamstring.
Notts took time to settle after the break and when a poor goal-kick was seized upon by Lincolnshire, Limb was played in to net into the top corner. Lincolnshire had a chance to equalise but Heather Pettit's header was saved by Shelton.
Notts regained their two-goal lead with a fine individual effort from Carnelley. Lincolnshire pulled another goals back through Abigial Murell – but Notts held on to win 3-2.
South Notts U15's winning run came to a halt when they lost 6-1 to Leicester in the E.S.F.A. Area D League after missing seven players through illness, injury and absence.
South Notts had two early chances through Cameron Henrys and Bradley Stones but Leicester moved 2-0 lead up. From that point until half-time, South Notts dominated with five good chances to draw level and on the stroke of half time, Josh Andrews diverted a Brad Stones cross to make it 2-1.
South Notts were again on top in the early part of the second half with the Leicester 'keeper making some fine saves as Henrys and Ball had chances to equalise.
The spell was broken when an attempted cross from a Leicester player drifted into the net; this seemed to be a real blow and three clinical finishes brought Leicester victory.