Women’s Football: Month-long barren spell is over for Leeds Ladies

Brighouse Town scorer Natalie Bell.
Brighouse Town scorer Natalie Bell.
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It was a first Premier League Division One win in over a month for Leeds Ladies, who came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1.

A second-half penalty from Bulgarian International Simona Petkova levelled the scores, before a goalmouth scramble led to a second, securing a hard-earned win for the Whites.

Goals from Natalie Bell and Alice McUrich could not stop Braford Park Avenue losing 5-2 to Hemsworth MW in the West Riding Premier Division. Avenue started with only 11 players in total and were level at 2-2 just after half-time.

However, injuries sustained during the match ensured Bradford’s line-up was cut down to nine players, allowing Hemsworth to capitalise and eventually secure a 5-2 win, while Bradford lost another play to injury late on in the game. The result leaves Bradford three points off the bottom of the league, while Hemsworth cut the gap between them and league leaders Leeds Medics & Dentists to five points.

Elsewhere, the rest of the title-chasing pack all picked up three points, with Tingley Athletic Firsts beating Ossett Town Firsts 3-0, while Hepworth United gained a routine 2-0 win over point-less Battyeford Belles Firsts.

Farsley Celtic Reserves recovered from a second-half Faith Forde goal to beat Brighouse Town Devlopement 3-1, leaving Celtic one point off the top of Division One with a game in hand. Yorkshire Amateur remain top of the league, however, after they thrashed Tyersal 5-0, while Tingley Athletic Reserves fell behind in the title-race after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wetherby Athletic.

Divison Two saw Skipton Town remain top despite a 1-1 draw with Ossett Town Reserves, which their title rivals all capitalised on.

Dewsbury Rangers stormed to a 4-0 win over Boroughbridge while Clifton Rangers and Leeds City’s results were much closer, with Rangers edging Crossley 1-0 and Leeds beating Silsden Ladies Development 2-1.

All three sides now sit four points behind Skipton as the title-race hots up.

Middleton Athletic sent out a huge statement as they destroyed Division Three leaders Ripon City Panthers 6-0.

Ilkley Town also kept their title hopes up after a 3-1 win over Farsley Celtic A, while Lower Hopton secured a 7-1 rout of Brighouse Athletic A.

The only draw came in the 2-2 stalemate between Kirkstall Crusaders and Durkar Devils, with Kirkstall’s points haul remaining in minus figures due to two unfulfilled games.

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