In their first game in six weeks, Guiseley Vixens bow out of the FAWPL Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest, losing 5-0.
The Vixens who were without numerous senior players fielded an experimental side which included six young players aged and included two new signings. They did, however, welcome the return of club favorite Natalie Brace who got her first minutes in several months in tough conditions.
Playing into the wind the rustiness showed from the off, as the home side dominated the opening exchanges and took a deserved lead ten minutes into the game with a solo goal from Niki Emery.
Forest could have added to the score before the half-hour mark on two occasions but ‘keeper Beth Seasman stood firm in the Guiseley goal.
As the game progressed, the Vixens grew into the game and started to take control. There were two amazing chances to break even before half-time with chances falling to Nikki Berko and Sophie Hawkins but neither found the back of the net.
Guiseley went into half-time trailing one-nil, but the game was still open at this stage.
Early in the second half, Forest once again took advantage of some suspect defending and managed to double their lead just five minutes in despite a bright start from Guiseley.
Chances came for the traveling side as Hawkins went through one on one with the goalkeeper but was denied and Berko saw several shots come close.
It would be Forest who would wrap the game up by scoring a controversial third goal. Emery once again jinked her way through the Guiseley defense and appeared to play the ball forward to a player stood in an offside position who tapped into an empty net but despite appeals, the referee awarded the goal to wrap up proceedings.
Guiseley could have added a consolation when debutant Maria Ledezma powered her way to the by-line and produced a measured cross to the back post, but teenage sensation Hawkins was unable to steer it home to put pressure on the home side.
Forest went on to add two more goals, with the best of the bunch coming from Griffin who placed a delightful chip into the top corner from range.
The scoreline was somewhat flattering and Guiseley will be left wondering how they didn’t score themselves but credit must go to the home side who were ruthless in front of goal.