Retford United U13 girls gained revenge for last season’s cup heartbreak with a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Retford looked fresh and very lively from the start, playing fast, attacking football and creating lots of chances, only to be denied by the Forest keeper on several occasions.
It was midway through the first half when the deadlock was finally broken.
A neat ball from Libby Mowbray sent the lightening quick Alivia Chambers on her way, a lovely pull back to the edge of the box then found Chloe Rose, who rifled the ball into the back of the net.
A good effort from the Forest forward had Lily Brown at full stretch, who pulled off an outstanding save and Retford went in at half-time with a well deserved lead.
In the second half Forest piled on the pressure, but the ever reliable Retford defensive trio of Kemp, Pond and Karczewski stood solid and gave nothing away.
Retford’s Kelci Taylor, Hollie Frost and Elizabeth Green worked tirelessly in midfield and frustrated the Forest team not giving them a minute on the ball.
Forest were still looking to try to sneak a late goal, but Retford were determined they were not going to let that happen again and hung on as worthy winners.
Markham Moor Inn Girl of the Match went to Libby Mowbray for an outstanding display in which she led by example with a true captain’s performance.