Women’s Football: Orange Army’s zest for goals turns tables

Two-goal Jodie Redgrave in FA Cup action against Derby County. PIC: Jim Fitton
Two-goal Jodie Redgrave in FA Cup action against Derby County. PIC: Jim Fitton
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Drama seems to follow Brighouse Town everywhere they go, as the Orange Army brought themselves back from the brink to win 3-2 and once again see off Premier League North side Derby County in the FAWPL Cup.

Brighouse were 2-0 down at half-time before top scorer Jodie Redgrave fired them back into it early in the second-half.

Brighouse Town goal scorer, Aimi Beresford.

Brighouse Town goal scorer, Aimi Beresford.

However, it wasn’t until later on that Brighouse completed their impressive comeback, as Aimi Beresford tucked away a spot-kick three minutes from time before Redgrave grabbed another in added time to seal the victory and a quarter-final tie with Premier League North leaders Blackburn Rovers.

Despite also displaying commendable grit, Guiseley Vixens sank to another Premier League North defeat, as the returning Natalie Brace and top-scorer Nikki Berko twice halved a two-goal deficit, but could not stop them from losing 3-2 at league high flyers Stoke City.

After a four-month barren run, Leeds United finally bagged a precious three points in Premier League North Division One, with Bridie Hannon’s impressive early free-kick proving enough to seal a 1-0 win for a dogged Leeds side.

Rebecca Purchon’s double gave Yorkshire Amateur’s West Riding Premier title hopes a huge blow, losing 2-0 to title rivals Hepworth United, who go joint-second with the Ammas with two games in hand.

It is Tingley, however ,who fly high at the top of the league, but they had to dig deep to see off a spirited Silsden side, who went ahead through Isobel Di Franco before Lucy Richardson and Lucy Chapman brought them back from behind to win 2-1 and maintain their side’s 100 per cent record.

Elsewhere, the two bottom sides still came no closer to grabbing their first points of the season, with Wetherby Athletic beaten 4-0 by Leeds Medics and Dentists, while Brayton Belles lost 4-1 to Brighouse Athletic.

In the Second Division, Skipton Town picked up their first win since the turn of the year, seeing off Brayton Belles 4-2 through Jessica Ogden, Annabel Riley, Corina Riley and substitute Shelby Lawson.

An early relegation battle in the Third Division saw Durkar Devils beaten 4-1 by New Farnley despite a goal from Amy Morris, while promotion-chasing Ilkley Town missed out on going joint top of the league as Hannah Spivey and Amy Morris’ goals were not enough to prevent a surprising 4-2 loss to previously out-of-form Phoenix.