The international break is over which means that all our local sides took back to the field this weekend.
Nottingham Forest were back in Championship action and made the short trip to Pride Park to play their arch-rivals, Derby County. Mansfield Town and Notts County aimed to pursue their respective promotion hopes and we also take a look at how Nottingham Rugby and Nottingham Panthers got on.
Mansfield Town and Notts County aimed to pursue their respective promotion hopes and we also take a look at how Nottingham Rugby and Nottingham Panthers got on.
Derby 2 v 0 Nottingham Forest (15/10/17)
There is only one place to start! One of the biggest rivalries in English football, Derby v Nottingham Forest, The Rams vs The Reds. One of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of the championship season got off to a rapid start, as Derby took the lead only 26 seconds into the game. Matej Vydra with a sweet strike from outside the box whistled past the Forest keeper and Pride Park was bouncing.
As Forest tried to get back into the game, Derby hit them with the sucker punch on the 50th minute and killed the game off. David Nugent with a fantastic first touch finish into the bottom left-hand corner made it 2-0 to the Rams. Derby comfortably saw out the rest of the second half to claim all three points and most importantly the bragging rights.
Notts County 2-1 Barnet (14/10/17)
Notts County remained top of League 2 with a victory over relegation strugglers, Barnet. The Magpies took the lead through a combination of the veteran, Shola Ameobi, and Shaun Brisley in the sixteenth minute. Barnet added very little pressure on the County defense and was made to pay in the second half, as Ryan Yates doubled the lead after some fantastic work by Matt Tootle.
Barnet halved the deficit with ten minutes but County held on for the win and gave Kevin Nolan’s side all three points. Notts County continues their push for promotion to league 1 and certainly look like the side to beat this season.
Mansfield Town 1-3 Swindon (14/10/17)
Mansfield recorded back to back defeats to de-rail the Stags promotion hopes. Town
Town were pegged back early as Swindon midfielder, Amine Linganzi poked home a Matt Taylor cross to make it 1-0. Swindon capped off a fantastic first half at the One Call Stadium by doubling their lead just before halftime thanks to John Goddard.
Luke Norris rounded off a miserable afternoon for the stags as he converted a penalty just before the hour mark to make it 3-0.
There was a consolation goal for Mansfield as Danny Rose scored a superb volley to give the home faithful something to cheer about it.
Steve Evans needs to reignite the Stags players if they are going to be serious promotion candidates.
Nottingham Rugby 26-38 Bedford Blues (15/10/17)
Nottingham Rugby began their Britsh & Irish Cup campaign with a disappointing loss to fellow Championship side Bedford Blues. The away side took control of the game inside the opening 20 minutes with a 0-19 lead. The half ended with Nottingham Rugby trailing 26-5 and with a lot of work to do in the second half.
Bedford all but secured their first B&I Cup win when they made it 38-5. Nottingham, however, made it a slightly nervous end to the game for Bedford with three tries in the final 15 minutes but it was too little too late.
Nottingham Rugby make the trip to Ireland to take on Munster A in their next B&I Cup game on Friday.
Nottingham Panthers 6-3 Belfast Giants (15/10/17)
The Panthers secured a big win over the injury-hit, Belfast Giants on Sunday night. The Panthers were in command for most of the game as they took a 4-0 lead at the Motor Point Arena. Belfast threatened an unlikely comeback but Notts secured the points and earned a four-point weekend in the Elite league.