Women/Juniors: Hannon’s header helps Leeds Ladies arrest mini slump

Colton Under-8s celebrate their Selby League cup double.
Colton Under-8s celebrate their Selby League cup double.
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LEEDS Ladies arrested a slump in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One as a 2-0 success at Norton & Stockton Ancient sent them back up to fourth.

Leeds were bouncing back from consecutive league defeats and were set on their way by Bridie Hannon’s bullet header two minutes before the break.

Emma Bentley’s penalty one minute after the hour doubled the lead.

Leeds are back in action on Sunday at home to Middlesbrough – two places and one point below them.

Divisional rivals Guiseley AFC Vixens also return to action in a top of the table clash at leaders Liverpool Marshall Reds. Reds lead Guiseley by four points with two games remaining but the Vixens have a game in hand,

Elsewhere on the women’s football front, Silsden AFC pulled off a surprise 3-1 victory over AFC Gledhow in the Women’s West Riding County Division One.

The seventh-placed side had previously suffered three straight league defeats prior to the game but they managed to get the win.

Becca Brown, Christina Aston and Vicky Williamson bagged the goals for the hosts as they closed the gap on sixth-placed Oulton to just one point.

Danielle Thackray managed to set up Rachael Eastwood who scored the visitors’ consolation goal which was her 20th goal of the season.

The meeting between the two sides earlier in the season had seen Gledhow come out 6-3 victors in the opening league game of the season.

Gledhow remain in third place but are now four points behind the joint-leaders Hepworth United and Tingley Athletic Firsts who have games in hand.

Silsden face leaders Tingley in their next league fixture, whilst Gledhow will hope to bounce back from this defeat when they face Hepworth away from home in their final game of the season.

In the Chairman’s Supplementary Cup Group A, Keighley Oaks LFC drew 2-2 at home with Farsley AFC Reserves.

The upcoming fixtures in Group A sees Brighouse Town Development play Keighley Oaks at home before then playing away at Farsley Reserves.

Battyeford Sporting Club Belles Firsts sit top of Group B after they overcame Castleford White Rose Reserves last time out.

They will now play Brayton Belles next weekend before Castleford welcome Crossley to Willowbridge Lane.

Third Division side Middleton Park face a difficult challenge in their opening game of Group D when they welcome Premier Division outfit Ossett Town tonight.

On the junior football front, Colton Juniors Under-8s have completed the Selby League and Cup double.

Jack Jefferies, Ernie Haigh, Rowan Murphy, Liam McBride, Sam McBride and Max Murray held aloft the second cup of their season on Sunday, much to the delight of manager Scott McBride.

He said: “The players have had a fantastic first season in the Selby league winning both the Autumn and now Spring Cups.

“We are really looking forward to next season and the step up to 7-a-side.”

Action in the area’s main junior leagues such as the Garforth Junior League and the Huddersfield Junior League resumes this weekend following the Easter break.

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