AFC GLEDHOW moved top of the league as Kelsey Wood’s third hat-trick of the season inspired Sunday’s magnificent 7-1 success at home to Hebden Royd United.
The victory took Gledhow top of the West Riding County Women’s Football League, and Wood’s seasonal goal tally to 17.
Gledhow were quick off the mark against their basement visitors and were awarded a sixth-minute penalty for handball.
Claire Lock’s spot kick rebounded back off the crossbar but the alert Rachel Eastwood was on hand to save any blushes with the rebound.
The goal was enough to settle the nerves and
Wood (pictured) scored the first of her treble on 30 minutes after an assist from Lock and two minutes later Wood supplied a perfect layoff for Molly Thompson to hit a shot with pinpoint accuracy into the bottom right hand corner.
Tanya Fozzard then put the hosts 4-0 ahead on 39 minutes when Eastwood assisted but Gledhow then conceded nine minutes into the second half.
Substitute Olivia Tyrell was introduced to beef up the midfield and the rewards were immediate after a superb passing move was finished off by Wood with an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner.
The game was over as a contest two minutes later when Wood scored again, this time with a left-footed shot into the bottom right hand corner to bring up her hat-trick. The rout was then completed with a long-range drive from Olivia Tyrell.
Manager Colin Sherman said: “ It was a great all round performance from the whole team but the player of the day award went to Louise Kibler who was solid in defence.
“The players player of the day’ was Nicola Bedford who also put in a magnificent defensive performance given that it was her first start for quite some time.”