Women’s Football: Lively Leeds hold nap hand over Blackburn

Influential midfielder Danielle Sidebottom.
Influential midfielder Danielle Sidebottom.
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LEEDS LADIES bounced back from the previous weekend’s 3-0 loss at Chester-le-Street with a dominating 5-1 win at home to Blackburn Wren Rovers Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One, writes CONNOR CRAIG-JACKSON.

Arianne Parnham drew Leeds level after going 1-0 down early on, before Veatriki Sarri (2), Harriet Jakeman and Simona Petkova’s efforts gave them a convincing win to move them up two places into fifth.

Their City compatriots, Leeds Medics and Dentists, were involved in a thrilling but unwelcome 4-4 draw with lowly Ossett Town. Danielle Sidebottom scored a brace, with Chloe Holt and substitute Kirsty Walton grabbing a brilliant draw for Ossett Town.

West Riding League Cup action also took place as third-division Middleton Athletic were simply too good for first-division Republica Internationale, with Middleton’s solid defence and patient attack helping them cruise to a 5-0 win.

They will now take their place in the semi-final against Tingley Athletic (Division 1), while first-division Silsden host second-division Yorkshire Amateur. Ammas will hope for a better performance in the semi-final than the one they produced at the weekend, with their title clash at Tingley Athletic Reserves ending in a crushing 4-1 win for the hosts. Nadine Bates netted for Amateur, who now sit second on goal difference behind their opponents, with a pulsating final two games ahead of them as two points separate a top three that includes Farsley Celtic Reserves.

The Second Division lead also changed hands as a goal in each half from Jess Weed and Jodie Berry put Clifton Rangers top of the league on goal difference ahead of their opponents Leeds City with two games in hand.

It is now four wins in a row for Farsley Celtic ‘A’ with their match at Durkar Devils seeing another huge 7-0 win for the Celts as they look firmly on course to dodge the drop.

The same cannot be said to Kirkstall Crusaders, whose 4-1 defeat at league-leaders Ripon City Panthers leaves them two points from safety.

Kingsley Wetherald of Beeston tries to win the ball against Horbury Town.

Photo gallery: Match action and goals from the weekend’s games around Leeds and West Yorkshire