Women’s Football: Beresford’s hat-trick keeps Brighouse Town in Cup hunt

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Brighouse Town’s hopes of emulating last season’s historic FA Cup run remain on course, as Aimi Beresford’s hat-trick helped them cruise into the second round with a 6-1 win over against Chester-Le-Street.

Two from Beresford as well as Jodie Redgrave’s strike gave Town a 3-0 lead at half-time.

Elisha Jones replied for the visitors but Brighouse remained in control, as Beresford completed her hat-trick while Redgrave and Danielle Brown added gloss.

Town’s reward is a home tie against Premier League North Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Guiseley Vixens, whose league match was postponed, travel to league rivals Fylde, with both games scheduled for December 3.

An early opener from Leeds United against Mossley Hill in Premier League Division 1 was undone by Amy Hughes’ quick second-half brace, as Leeds lost 2-1.

The defeat handed Mossley their first points of the season, but both teams remain in the relegation zone.

Lower Hopton stayed in the West Riding Premier Division title mix after adding to Brayton Belles’ barren league start with a 6-0 win over the visitors.

A first league win for Brighouse Athletic put breathing space between them and the relegation fight, as Aleathia Smith and Sarah Hemingway edged them past struggling Wetherby Athletic 2-1.

A depleted Bradford Park Avenue side also lost 2-0 to Silsden Firsts, with Harriet Brewer and Nicola Frankland’s second-half goals sealing it.

Only two games took place in the First Division but neither of them disappointed, as Farlsey Celtic Reserves held Ossett Town to a 2-2 draw to stay top, Carly Doyle and Vicky Penney netting for Ossett. The other outing was an emphatic victory for Leeds City as they easily saw off Dewsbury Rangers 7-1 to climb up to third.

A sensational title race looks set to take place in the Second Division as Lower Hopton’s 10-0 demolition of Hebden Royd United moving them top on goal difference above Middleton Athletic.

Ripon City also won 3-1 against a spirited Ossett Town Reserves side who scored through Caz Topaz Omboyi, while Boroughbridge halted Skipton Town’s promotion pursuit by beating them 4-1.

Tyersal remain top of the Third Division after they saw off in-form Phoenix 3-1. The League leaders will be looking over their shoulders however, with Thackley one point behind with a game in hand after they steamrolled over New Farnley 14-0.