FAWNL Northern Premier Division Round-up: Reds end Burnley’s unbeaten run

Burnley Women 0-1 Nottingham Forest Women

The Reds made it five wins in a row to end Burnley’s unbeaten league run.

Despite several chances at both ends, the game was goalless at the interval.

The breakthrough eventually came in the 73rd minute when Precious Hamilton latched onto Rayner’s pass in the box and slotted home her 19th goal of the season to give Andy Cook’s side the advantage.

With roughly 20 minutes on the clock, the scores remained unchanged at the final whistle, leaving Burnley’s boss Matt Bee to rue his side’s lack of urgency to get back into the game.

The result sees Forest move up to third while Burnley drop to fourth. However, Burnley can move as high as second if they take maximum points from their games in hand.

Attendance: 127

Hull City Ladies 3-6 Middlesbrough Women

Eleanor Dale and Tyler Dodds both scored braces to help Boro seal a 3-6 victory in a thrilling contest at Dransfield Stadium.

On a day of Remembrance, the ground fell silent as everyone paid tribute to our fallen brave and Donna Nickolay, the former Hull City player, who sadly passed away recently.

Tyler Doods opened the scoring after just six minutes as she received the ball on the right-hand side of the box and fired home at the near post to give the visitors the lead.

It was short-lived however as the Tigresses roared back less than two minutes later to restore parity through Katie Thompson. A quick break from Hull found its way to Thompson, who cut inside and struck the ball past Wareham to make it a goal apiece.

Eleanor Dale reestablished Boro’s advantage in the 19th minute as the striker punished City for giving her too much time and space in the area.

With half an hour on the clock, Emma Brown’s headed effort hit the bar and bounced over the line to give Boro a two-goal cushion.

The Tigresses pulled one back six minutes later as Helen Lynskey struck brilliantly to round off an excellent team move and make it five goals from five different scorers at the break.

Three goals in the opening 18 minutes of the second half for the visitors ended the game as a contest.

Emily Scarr scored Boro’s fourth of the game in the 53rd minute with a driven effort past Cooke into the bottom corner.

Minutes later and Tyler Dodds took advantage of being given too much time and space in the box to score her second of the game. Finishing calmly to extend Boro’s lead further.

Eleanor Dale bagged her brace, and ninth goal of the season, in the 64th minute to effectively end the game as a contest. Dale finished neatly after a pass put the striker through one-on-one with Megan Cooke in the City goal.

Emily Smith scored the game’s final goal in the 66th minute to reduce the deficit to three, but a mad 15 minutes proved to be a defining period, with the game ending 3-6.

The result sees Boro complete back-to-back cup and league victories over Hull to move up to sixth in the table while the Tigresses are left rooted to the foot of the table.

Attendance: 279

Stoke City Women 3-0 Fylde Women

Chloe Jones’ side bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to see off Fylde and move up to second place in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.

Roisin Kivel gave the Potterettes the perfect start after converting Hyde’s low cross to give the hosts an early advantage.

McCoy almost doubled Stoke’s lead minutes later, before finding the back of the net after 27 minutes. A first-time pass from Hunt found Faye McCoy on the edge of the box, who controlled the ball and smashed it past a helpless Jess Carberry to make it 2-0.

The game was put to bed in the 89th minute when Abby Hunt picked up the ball on the right-hand side, cut inside managing to evade several players and dispatched the ball past Carberry from outside the box.

The result was just exactly the response Stoke needed and sees the Potterettes move up to second while Fylde remain ninth.

Attendance: 104

Sunderland Ladies 3-1 Loughborough Foxes

The Black Cats marked their homecoming with a comfortable victory to extend their winning streak to eight in a row.

Sunderland didn’t have to wait long to make the breakthrough as 16-year-old Neve Herron received the ball, cut in and dispatched an effort that curled into the top corner to repay Mel Reay’s faith and give the Black Cats an early lead.

The hosts continued to threaten but had to wait until the 36th minute to get their second of the game. Charlotte Potts combined with Jess Brown, whose first-time cross was brought down and expertly finished by in-form Galloway to give Sunderland a two-goal cushion.

Three minutes after the restart and Bridget Galloway was on hand to extend the lasses’ advantage to three when she beat everyone else to meet Keira Ramshaw’s cross at the near post to find the back of the net with her head.

With the game drawing to a close, Rogers forced a save from Claudia Moan before grabbing a late consolation goal for the visitors in the 88th minute, showing composure to round Moan and find the back of the lasses’ net.

It was a near-perfect homecoming for Reay’s side who sit seven points clear at the top of the table while Loughborough are currently 7th.

Attendance: 278

How things stand

Barnsley Women’s FC 5-1 Bradford City Women

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Barnsley Women extended their unbeaten run for the season after running out 5-1 victors over Bradford City Women in the 2nd Qualifying Round of The Women’s FA Cup.

The two sides have already met once in the league with the Reds putting five past Bradford, without reply, away from home back in September, and it was a similar story this time.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes, Kath Smith broke the deadlock with a beautifully hit effort from 25 yards, that nestled in the bottom corner.

One quickly became two as, less than 10 minutes later, Lissa Woodhouse slotted the ball through, in the clear, to Amy Woodruff who buried past the keeper after beating the offside trap.

The Reds shifted up a gear, and with half time approaching, scored another two goals in two minutes. Good work from Sophie Bell down the right allowed her to fizz a crosss across the face of goal, and Amy Woodruff was on hand to turn it goal-bound for her second of the afternoon.

Lissa Woodhouse made it four when she got in between the Bradford centre halves and looped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Early pressure from Barnsley in the second half was counteracted from Bradford. Zoe Roberts scored from a free kick in a dangerous area.

However the Reds put the game to bed not long after. A recycled Lindsey Tugby free kick was headed home by Sophie Bell from close range.

Reds’ Assistant Manager, Andy Glossop, said: “Really good result. To win 5-1 in the Cup is always something we’ll take. We didn’t start the game as quickly as we wanted, but we grew into the game and to take four goals into half time was fantastic.”