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Yeovil Town 1 (Lawrence 90) Notts County 3 (White 2,22, F.Whelan 62)
Notts County booked their place in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter finals after proving too strong for WSL 2 leaders Yeovil Town on the day.
Both teams took the chance to make changes to their starting line ups with Yeovil resting the likes of Sarah Wiltshire, Hannah Short and Ellie Curson amongst others and handing a first team debut to Leah Burridge at full back. Meanwhile all three of County's midweek signings were on the bench.
County, beaten finalists last year, got off to the best possible start by taking the lead with only two minutes on the clock. Danielle Buet's free kick into the area caused a scramble with both Aivi Luik and Fern Whelan having shots blocked before Ellen White took a touch and steered her shot past Beth Howard for the opening goal.
It could have been two a minute later as Rachel Williams powered her way to the line and cut the ball back for Jess Clarke whose shot was saved by Howard. The bobbly surface was not making it easy for either side but County had adapted well and forced the home side onto the back foot.
The second goal came at the midway point of the second half, via a delightful move. Buet was again the instigator with a superb crossfield pass into the path of an overlapping Chelsea Weston who sent in a delightful cross for White to guide her header into the corner of the net.
Yeovil produced their first meaningful effort on goal, a dipping effort from long range by Nadia Lawrence which was held under the bar by Megan Walsh, but Lawrence and Natasha Knapman were not finding it easy against a strong County defence.
White headed wide from another Buet free kick and the England striker also forced a save by Howard from Williams' nod down, as the visitors ended the first half firmly in the ascendancy.
Notts County made a change at half time with new signing Jo Potter coming on for her debut and she immediately looked at home in midfield. A sliced clearance led their first opening of the half as White beat the oncoming Howard to the ball but she could not keep her header down.
White continued to threaten a hat-trick goal but it was Williams who was next to go close as her shot brought out a good block from Burridge, who had shown up well in her first game, to prevent a certain goal.
However just after the hour mark, County scored their third. Buet's corner was initially won by Leanne Crichton and Clarke hooked her shot against the bar, with Fern Whelan reacting quickest to head home the rebound.
White hooked a shot over from a corner before the game was held up as Ellis Hillman went down with an injury following a tussle in midfield. The Yeovil youngster was stretchered from the field in a neck brace following a fifteen minute delay and was taken to hospital, where she was later discharged.
The game was a little subdued on restarting but as it went into a long amount of injury time, Yeovil gave the home crowd something to shout about. Nicola Cousins' long ball was chased down by Lawrence, with County appealing for offside, and she kept her cool to cut inside two defenders before burying her shot past Walsh to reduce the arrears.
County introduced their second debutant in Jade Moore but Yeovil's tails were up at this point and Steph Williams unleashed a long range shot which was just over the bar.
White was to go close to a hat-trick after good work down the right by Buet, who did well to trick her way past Lauren Townsend before setting up White whose firm strike brought out a superb reaction save from Howard. Moore and Aileen Whelan then combined well to create another chance for White who shot wide, but it had been a job well done for County.
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard (sub Charlotte Johnson 90mins), Leah Burridge, Lauren Townsend, Ellis Hillman (sub Hannah Short 84mins), Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard, Kelly Aldridge, Steph Williams, Natasha Knapman, Emily Donovan (sub Jessie Jones 62mins), Nadia Lawrence. Subs not used: Kayleigh Green, Atlanta Primus.
Notts County: Megan Walsh, Chelsea Weston, Amy Turner (sub Jo Potter 45mins), Danielle Buet, Laura Bassett, Fern Whelan, Jess Clarke, Rachel Williams (sub Aileen Whelan 67mins), Ellen White, Aivi Luik, Leanne Crichton (sub Jade Moore 90mins). Subs not used: Lizzie Durack, Maja Krantz, Angharad James.
(top) Natasha Knapman under pressure from Laura Bassett
(middle) Jess Clarke takes on Leah Burridge
(bottom) Fern Whelan heads in Notts County's third goal
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