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Notts County 3 (White 13,59, Clarke 34)
Liverpool 2 (Zelem pen 85,87)
Notts County recorded their first league win of the season when two Ellen White goals helped see them to the points but they needed to withstand a late fightback from Liverpool at Meadow Lane.
Liverpool made a bright start and were unlucky not to score in the opening minutes when a Laura Coombs cross fell to Rosie White who sent a volley just over the bar. Dutch winger Shanice Van De Sanden then came close with an effort inches wide after good build-up play involving Maz Pacheco and Katie Zelem.
However, the home side took the lead after just 12 minutes when Rachel Yankey squared the ball to White who made no mistake from close range. It soon became 2-0 when Jess Clarke found space to curl home a delightful shot beyond the reach of Siobhan Chamberlain.
Scott Rogers' charges received a lifeline on 55 minutes when Van De Sanden was upended and the Reds were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately Caroline Weir couldn't keep her nerve as she sent the spot kick over the bar.
It would prove to be a pivotal moment and things got worse for the Ladies just before the hour mark when White notched her second goal of the game to make it 3-0.
To their credit, Liverpool refused to give up and showed terrific character. Zelem pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after substitute Emma Lundh was brought down, and the midfielder netted again to set up a frantic last nine minutes, with a great finish from a Kate Longhurst pass.
Zelem then had a late chance with a header well saved as she came desperately close to claiming a hat-trick.
Notts County: Carly Telford, Dani Buet, Sophie Bradley-Auckland (sub Maja Krantz 45mins), Fern Whelan, Amy Turner, Jess Clarke, Laura Bassett, Angharad James, Leanne Crichton, Ellen White, Rachel Yankey (sub Aivi Luik 74mins). Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Aileen Whelan, Alice Hassall, Laura-Jayne O'Neill.
Liverpool: Siobhan Chamberlain, Natasha Harding, Gemma Bonner, Mandy van den Berg, Mayumi Pacheco (sub Alex Greenwood 64mins), Laura Coombs, Sophie Ingle, Katie Zelem, Shanice van de Sanden, Caroline Weir (sub Kate Longhurst 74mins), Rosie White (sub Emma Lundh 64mins). Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ashley Hodson, Satara Murray.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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