Leicester City Women Football Club

Nottingham Forest Vs LCWFC – Preview

Leicester City Women travel to Nottingham Forest today looking to progress into the Semi-Finals of the League Cup for the first time in their history. Whilst Nottingham Forest have reached the final once before, losing on penalties to Barnet (now London Bees) back in 2011.

With the Semi-Final draw being made last week, both sides know the prize for getting through today is a home tie against Southern Division side Lewes FC.

City looking to bounce back from FA Cup defeat

Last Sunday’s defeat to Durham Women brought to an end a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions for Jonathan Morgan’s side. The defeat was also their first loss outside the League as their battle for silverware on four fronts was reduced to just three.

Nottingham Forest looking to Cup run to balance League campaign

Graham Abercrombie’s side have endured an uneven league campaign this season, sitting in 8th with 9 games to go, Forest find themselves 18 points of the top spot whilst sitting comfortably 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

In Cup competitions however, they’ve reached the Nottinghamshire County Cup final and are now looking to reach the Semi-Finals of the League Cup. With two 5-0 wins over Guiseley and West Brom in the last two rounds respectively, Forest haven’t conceded a goal in this competition since the opening round, in a 7-1 win over Leeds United Ladies.

Head to Head

These two sides have already met once this season, as Leicester twice came from behind to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw back in September.

Ones To Watch

Nottingham Forest’s top scorer is Trina Grieves with 9 goals in 12 games, Although Nottingham Forest failed to score in their last two games, conceding 11 goals.

Leicester winger Rosie Axten took her season tally to 15 when she converted a penalty against Bradford City, her last two goals for the club have both been from the penalty spot in the FA Cup.

Manager’s view

“Last week the girls showed fantastic character to compete with a very strong WSL 2 team. They played some great football and most definitely caused Durham problems. On another day we would have put a few of our chances away and the game could have ended differently. Some of our attacking play was of real quality and the girls can be proud of that.”

Tough test in a local derby?

“We prepare for all games the same. The local derby adds extra interest of course but we always treat each game the same with how we prepare to give us the best possible chance of winning.”

Team News

There will be a few changes to the squad but nothing major. We are really lucky to have a near full strength squad apart from the unfortunate injury to Shauna Cossens.