After the controversial decision by Alan Hardy to shut down the women’s section at Notts County FC two years ago, the team are now fighting back and pushing for promotion.
Back when Alan Hardy announced he was shutting down the professional women’s team, who were playing at the top tier of women’s football in the Women’s Super League, he cited the reason as ‘financially unstable’.
But the team reformed in 2018 and in just two season, have bounced back .
Notts County Women are in fine form, just hitting the milestone of going a year unbeaten in the East Midlands regional league, Manager Adam Dunleavy believes it shows the ladies desire to compete at the top level of the women’s game once again.
Video: Manager Adam Dunleavy
It is not the only record the team have been making, striker Bella Reed last weekend netted her 50th goal in all competitions for the team to be the club’s all time women’s top goalscorer, against table toppers Beaumont Town Ladies FC.
“When the teams performing well, it’s actually harder for me to score goals!”
Bella Reed, Striker
Despite the fact the women’s team are performing so well, Bella said it is actually worse for her chances of securing the league’s Golden Boot.
“It’s good that the team are playing well and it means I get good balls over the top, but it’s actually harder to score goals as they all want to score!
“Like on Sunday Holly Fowler, a defender, scored which could have been a goal for me.
“It’s good the team’s performing well though.”
A massive congratulations to Bella Reed on reaching 50 goals for Notts County Women FC. An incredible achievement for @NCFC_Women all time top goalscorer.
— Notts County Women FC (@NCFC_Women) January 27, 2020
Despite only missing out on promotion by two points last year, Notts County Women have made an effort to step up their fitness this year with regular gym sessions including HIIT (High intensity interval training), circuit training and yoga for recovery.
Vice Captain Holly Fowler says it’s helped with results this year.
“We’re in the gym on a Tuesday now which is different to last year but it’s really helping with the fitness.
“If anyone has got any niggles from Sunday, we’ll have more of a relaxed yoga session to help us recover better,” she said.
Moreover the closeness of the team has helped to secure results, as Holly explains in the video below:
The team will take on bottom of the table Corby Ladies FC this weekend as they look to keep their unbeaten league run.
Notts County Women play in the sixth tier of the women’s football pyramid
Lioness star Ellen White played for them when they were previously in the WSL
They are an FA Charter Standard club