Two goals each from Jade Henderson and Kelsea Marriott helped Notts County Ladies Development under 16s notch a 5-1 victory over AFC Vernon at Newstead’s Recreation ground.
The game was scrappy at times with neither team stringing together any number of passes as a blustery wind playing its part.
However, it was the home side that took a lead thanks to a well-taken goal from Henderson and the advantage was doubled only moments later by Marriott from a well-worked corner.
Any Vernon attacks were stifled from excellent defending from the team’s back four of Jaime Clifford, Sylvie Aske, Amy Townsend and Sarah Perkins.
Almost instantly at the beginning of the second half, a long-range shot aided by the wind dropped the wrong side of Hannah Askew in goal to set up a nervy few minutes.
It was Henderson’s second goal that steadied the nerves as she struck with a well-taken solo effort, making it 3-1.
Next, Marriott received the ball in a wide midfield position and ran the ball towards goal being pursued by a Vernon defender and kept her cool to beat the advancing keeper by smashing into the top corner.
The scoreline was completed in a goalmouth melee when Faye Wheatley placed her shot out the reach of the keeper.