Leeds United Women settle for a draw in 10-goal thriller against Durham Cestria

League leaders Leeds United Women took a point as impressive Durham fightback cancelled out a three goal lead.

Monday, 11th October 2021, 10:43 am
Updated Monday, 11th October 2021, 10:47 am

Reeled-in Leeds United had to settle for a point against Durham Cestria in a 10-goal thriller at the Global Stadium but it was enough to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The tally included a hat-trick apiece for the visiting Jordan Atkinson and Leeds striker Laura Bartup, who went top of the goalscoring charts on an eventful afternoon in Tadcaster.

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With less than half an hour to play, Durham substitute Ellen Turnball made an instant impact, getting a third goal for her side to kickstart a comeback. What followed was a relentless effort from the visiting team as the Leeds defence faced wave after wave of attack. After Atkinson completed her hat-trick with 10 minutes to go, Leeds were desperate to close out the game.

Putting everything behind the ball, everything was in Leeds’ half as substitute Sandra Soares-Martin was sent upfield alone in the hopes of extending the hosts’ now-slim lead.

The Whites’ resistance couldn’t hold out, though, and Turnball equalised with three minutes to go to claim a point for Durham.

The draw puts Leeds United one point clear at the top of Division One North as, with a break for cup fixtures, they head into a seven-week wait for their next league match.

Rebecca Hunt opened the scoring for Leeds United. Pic: James Hardisty.

New signing Holly Houseley, meanwhile, slotted in at right-back in place of Rebekah Bass, who was forced to watch on crutches from the sidelines.

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Laura Bartup. Pic: James Hardisty.