Women’s Football: Campbell’s late strike for Whites ends Town’s run

Leeds United match winner, Hannah Campbell. PIC: Leeds United Ladies
Leeds United match winner, Hannah Campbell. PIC: Leeds United Ladies
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Despite recently going on historic FA Cup runs, Brighouse Town are out of the FA Cup this year after losing 1-0 to FAWPL Northern Division One rivals Leeds United.

Both sides had strong chances in a closely fought contest, but it was Hannah Campbell’s late strike that proved the difference and sealed Leeds’ place in the second round proper. The win sees Leeds already boast two wins over Brighouse this season, with both sides still yet to play each other in the league.

After a weekend of cup action, the West Riding Divisions returned to the regular league hustle and bustle as Premier Division leaders Yorkshire Amateurs made a huge statement in their 5-0 thrashing of title rivals Leeds Medics and Dentists.

Anna Tumilty-Gutierrez and Michelle Walsh gave them a 2-0 half-time lead before Shameeka Fishley, Leonie Hughes and Rachel Slater came off the bench to seal a superb victory.

Brighouse Athletic meanwhile continued their impressive recent run by beating Silsden 4-0, while Bradford Park Avenue were well-beaten in a 6-2 loss at home to Wetherby Athletic, with Natalie Bell and Millie West scoring for Avenue.

Ripon City remain top of the First Division after thrashing Dewsbury Rangers 10-1, with Louise Wilson (4), Elizabeth Weatherill, Georgie Taylor, Bethan Ratcliff, Lauren Howarth and Jess Louise Barnes contributing to the rout.

Promotion rivals Thackley Firsts were also impressive in their 7-0 win over Skipton Town, while Lower Hopton saw off in-form Ilkley Town 3-1 and Sophie Woodrup scored for Tyersal in their 1-1 draw with Leeds City.

Elsewhere, Leeds United’s great day was capped off by their Reserves in their 12-0 demolition of Garforth Rangers in the Second Division.

The rampant Molly Bridson netted six, while Katie Astle’s hat-trick, Jessica Endley’s brace and a goal from Hollie Gordon sealed the win that takes Leeds three points off top. But for now, top spot belongs to Farsley Celtic Juniors Firsts, who completely swept aside their promotion rivals Ossett United Reserves 9-0.

Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves meanwhile got back to winning league ways with a 5-0 win at Durkar Devils, while Huddersfield Amateur beat Phoenix 3-0 to make it three wins on the bounce.

A first win of the season saw Thackley Reserves move off the foot of the table, seeing off Pontefract Sports and Social 3-1.