Report: Unbeaten Lasses see off Forest

Nottingham Forest Women 1-3 Sunderland Ladies 

Sunderland remain unbeaten after seeing off an inform Nottingham Forest in awful conditions at Eastwood. 

Precious Hamilton continued her form for the host, scoring her ninth goal of the season in the eighth minute.

However, the Lasses equalised via a deflected Grace McCatty effort in the 15th minute before Katie Barker scored a screamed to complete the turnaround at the half-hour mark.

Bridget Galloway gave Sunderland some breathing space for the closing exchanges, finding the top corner with 11 minutes to go.

Sunderland were unchanged from the side that sealed FAWNL Cup progression last week.

Mel Reay's side almost took an early lead when captain Keira Ramshaw rattled the bar from the edge of the area four minutes in. 

However, it would be Forest who opened the scoring. Hamilton, initially forced wide by Charlotte Potts challenge, struck in powerful at the near post.

It didn't last long though, as McCatty, who turned 30 yesterday, saw her deflected effort find the net after Forest couldn't clear a corner only seven minutes after scoring.

The sides battled hard, trading attack for attack, but final Sunderland came out on top. Ramshaw and Maria Farrugia fired wide and high respectively just before the half hour mark. 

And Reay's side would take the lead in the 30th minute. Barker produced the good with a beauty, hammering the ball into the top right corner from 25-yards out.

Jessica Brown went close twice in five minutes. First, she cut in on her left foot and forced Aja Aguirre into action. The young winger then clattered a shot off the bar from the right edge of the area four minutes before the break. 

Forest had the first chance of the second half three minute in, Hamilton forced Claudia Moan into a smart save, with the 'keeper diving low to her left before collecting the second ball. 

Sunderland would go close three times in the next 10 minutes. Lambert fired over from the edge, as did Ramshaw soon after before Lambert headed onto the roof of the net from Ramshaw's corner. 

With 20 minutes to play Barker tried to recreate her earlier heroics, but this time her curling effort was just wide of the target.

Aguirre made a great save to keep the hosts in it. She initially spilled Brown's effort but reacted quickly to dive at the feet of Galloway.

But a minute later Galloway would get her goal. The striker curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area to wrap things up for the Black Cats.

Win number five in the league sees Sunderland keep their lead at the head of the FAWNL Northern Premier.

Sunderland Ladies: Moan, Herron, McCatty, Potts, Mullen, Lambert, Farrugia (Gibson 74'), Ramshaw, Brown (Beer 85'), Barker (Griffiths 89'), Galloway 

Subs Not Used: Warren, Cottam

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