Codd trails Nocera by eight in Morocco
 Rebecca Codd of Ireland during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Rebecca Codd of Ireland during the third round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Rebecca Codd carded a one under 70 but still found herself eight shots behind Gwladys Nocera of France entering the final round of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

The Carlow player is tied for 16th on three under but Nocera moved into top gear at Golf de l’Ocean in Adadir, carding a six under 65 to lead by two shots from compatriot Sophie Giquel-Bettan (67) on 11 under.

Halfway leader Ariya Jutanugarn (72) of Thailand is two strokes further back on seven under while Irish amateur Olivia Mehaffey moved up five spots to joint 50th on three over after a level par 71.

The 16-year old from Royal County Down Ladies had three birdies and three bogeys on her card, matching French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez, who slipped back to joint fourth.

Lalla Meryem Cup (after 36 holes)

202 Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 69 68 65

204 Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) 67 70 67

206 Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 68 66 72

207 Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA) 72 64 71, Charley Hull (ENG) 68 71 68, Holly Clyburn (ENG) 70 70 67, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 72 70 65

208 Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) 70 68 70, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 66 72 70, Laura Davies (ENG) 68 69 71, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 69 70 69, Sophie Walker (ENG) 66 71 71, Hannah Burke (ENG) 73 70 65, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 71 72 65

209 Trish Johnson (ENG) 72 67 70

210 Kim Williams (RSA) 74 70 66, Diana Luna (ITA) 70 70 70, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 72 72 66, Rebecca Codd (IRL) 69 71 70, Vikki Laing (SCO) 70 71 69, Nina Holleder (GER) 68 68 74, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 73 70 67

211 Stefania Croce (ITA) 72 71 68, Liz Young (ENG) 72 69 70, Stephanie Na (AUS) 72 68 71, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 71 70 70, Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA) 71 71 69, Karolin Lampert (GER) 69 72 70

212 Klara Spilkova (CZE) 74 69 69, Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN) 71 73 68, Mireia Prat (ESP) 74 68 70, Beth Allen (USA) 69 71 72, Lauren Taylor (ENG) 72 73 67, Chloe Leurquin (BEL) 74 70 68, Jing Yan (CHN) 68 73 71

213 Mallory Fraiche (USA) 70 75 68, Miriam Nagl (GER) 75 68 70, Celine Herbin (FRA) 71 71 71, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 69 69 75, Melanie Maetzler (SUI) 75 68 70

214 Marion Ricordeau (FRA) 72 72 70, Sally Watson (SCO) 72 71 71, Noora Tamminen (FIN) 74 70 70, Marta Silva Zamora (ESP) 73 69 72, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 73 70 71, Adriana Brent (AUS) 69 73 72, Maria Balikoeva (RUS) 71 72 71, Charlotte Thompson (ENG) 71 72 71

215 Florentyna Parker (ENG) 73 69 73, Jade Schaeffer (FRA) 73 71 71, Kylie Walker (SCO) 71 74 70, Maria Salinas (PER) 71 71 73, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 72 72 71, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 71 72 72

216 Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER) 72 73 71, Heather Macrae (SCO) 73 68 75, Ariane Provot (FRA) 72 71 73, Fiona Puyo (FRA) 72 69 75, Olivia Mehaffey (IRL) 72 73 71, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 71 73 72

217 Caroline Afonso (FRA) 70 74 73, Carin Koch (SWE) 70 75 72, Cathryn Bristow (NZL) 71 71 75

220 Elina Nummenpaa (FIN) 73 72 75, Pamela Feggans (SCO) 74 71 75, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 71 72 77

222 Alison Whitaker (AUS) 72 72 78.