Women’s Football: Wind-hit Whites see off Solihull

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Despite the barrage of wind rampaging across West Yorkshire, Leeds United managed to book their place in round two of the Women’s Premier League trophy with a battling 3-2 win over Solihull, writes CONNOR CRAIG-JACKSON.

The Whites were 1-0 down at half-time to an early Tanya Dickinson goal and having to defend resolutely before a brace from Rachel Stuart and a Shelby Morris strike launched them into the ascendency. Late tension was added after Abbie Taylor pulled one back but Leeds held firm for the 3-2 win.

A first defeat of the season for Yorkshire Amateur saw them exit the West Riding County Cup after being outclassed 4-0 by visitors Farsley Celtic, who take on Harrogate Railway in round two.

However, there was a first league win of the season for Bradford Park Avenue in the West Riding Premier Division, fighting back from 1-0 down through Nicola Holdsworth’s hat-trick to see off point-less Brayton Belles 3-1.

The First Division’s top two also went head to head as Amy Hebly’s strike earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw for Clifton Rangers at Farsley Celtic Reserves, ending the Celts’ perfect league start.

One team still to drop points, or even concede a league goal are Lower Hopton, keeping pace with Second Division leaders Middelton Athletic after thrashing Farsley Celtic Development 5-0.

Dani Anthony came off the bench to net a brace for Lower Hopton, whilst Rebecca Armitage, Bethany Ellis and Mollie Geremaney also had their say in the rout.

An emphatic victory for Ripon City got them back to winning ways, storming to a 7-1 success against Skipton Town despite being made to work hard. Louise Wilson netted a brace with Elizabeth Weatherill Georgie Taylor, Frann Ireland and Emma Douglas also getting in on the act. Substitute Ruth Burrill came off the bench to add to the goalfest while Ellie Jayne-Bathers’ consolation goal could do nothing to take the gleam off a classy victory for Ripon.

Phoenix cruised to their first win in the Third Division after winning 7-1 at Durkar Devils.

Ikra Ali netted a hat-trick along with Aksa Khanum and Henna Shaheen’s goals while sub Megan Medley netted a brace to which Durkar could only respond through Amy Morris’ goal.

Tyersal remain unbeaten despite being held by Ilkley Town, as Jayne Barber’s first-half strike was cancelled out in a 1-1 stalemate.

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