Women’s Football: Gledhow dig deep to stay top

AFC Gledhow celebrate  Jamie-Lee Auty's first goal.
AFC Gledhow celebrate Jamie-Lee Auty's first goal.
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AFC Gledhow held on to league leadership after digging in to see off gutsy basement girls Republica Internationale 4-1.

Gledhow stormed into a 10th-minute lead when 17-year-old Jamie-Lee Auty rifled home from Rachel Eastwood’s exquisite cross.

In form striker Kelsey Wood doubled the lead six minutes later after Danielle Thackray’s pass and Thackray herself then made it 3-0 within another 120 seconds.

With Tanya Fozzard solid in goal, Gledhow were cruising leading 3-0 at the interval but within four minutes of the restart Republics had made it 3-2.

Both goals came from Republica captain Talin Aghanian but Gledhow re-established their two-goal lead through Wood 18 minutes from time. Olivia Tyrell’s lung bursting run and pass created the chance and Gledhow then held on for victory with smart play from Rebecca Brookes who was terrier like in the midfield seeing her get the manager’s player of the day award.

Auty and Nicola Bedford who had performed admirably throughout shared the players player of the day award.

Gledhow coach Alvin Mkandla said: “This was not a great performance however a win is a win and the momentum will see us through to next week’s County Cup Match with Guiseley AFC Vixens who play four divisions above our level and are hotly tipped to go all the way to the final. This will be a tough test for our young side but I feel we will benefit from the experience.”

There was disappointment for Leeds Ladies on Sunday who suffered a 4-2 loss after extra time at home to Southampton Saints in the FA Women’s Premier League Plate.

Carey Huegett had twice put Leeds in front in normal time but Saints levelled matters to 2-2, forcing extra-time.

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