Report: Ladies defeated at County

Notts County Ladies 2-1 Sunderland Ladies 

Injury-hit Notts County came from behind to secure a vital 2-1 win against Sunderland at Meadow Lane in FA Women’s Super League 1.

A pair of headed goals from Rachel Williams and Jess Clarke for the Lady Pies cancelled out Victoria Williams’ first-half strike for Sunderland to earn the home side all three points.

Notts County started brightly and had a shout for a penalty turned down, when the ball appeared to strike an out-stretched Sunderland hand.

But the Lady Pies were opened up just before the break, when a long free-kick into the box fell to Williams who hooked the ball into the net to put Sunderland 1-0 in front at half-time.

The home side were quickly back on level terms in the second half, as Williams rose above the defence to head home the equaliser and put her side on the front-foot.

The goal seemed to galvanise the Lady Pies, who went in front midway through the second-half when Jess Clarke looped her header over Sunderland goalkeeper Rachael Laws. 

Sunderland went in search of the goal that would drawn them level but could not convert their pressure into a meaningful chance as Notts County held on for a narrow victory.

Notts County starting XI: Walsh; Luik, Whelan, Bassett, Buet; Potter, Moore, Crichton, James (Whelan, 80); Clarke, Williams. 

Unused: Ejupi. 

Sunderland starting XI: Laws; Holmes, Williams, Bannon, Ramshaw; McDougall (Kelly, 74), Sharp, Hill, Staniforth; Mead, Joice (Leon, 74). 

Unused subs: Olsen, Beer, Brown 

Attendance: 872

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