Women’s Football: Vixens’ hunt for first win goes on after late leveller

Tingley Athletic's  Lauren Colton. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Tingley Athletic's Lauren Colton. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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A heartbreaking late goal saw Glen Preston’s Guiseley Vixens fall just short of their first league win this season, as Andrea Bell’s late equaliser saw them draw 2-2 at Derby County in the Premier League North.

Bell had earlier put the home side in front on the half-hour mark before a much-improved second half saw Guiseley take the lead through Fiona Worts and substitute Debbie Hastings. Despite the cruel late equaliser, Preston remained highly encouraged by his side’s performance, showing plenty of optimism for their Premier League survival fight.

Also coming from behind in the second half were Leeds United but their fightback managed to secure a 2-1 win at Morecambe. Second-half efforts from Shelbey Morris and Rebecca Hunt grabbed another important win to move out of the Premier League North Division One relegation places to ninth.

A hat-trick of assists for Alice Butler earned Bradford Park Avenue a win at struggling Brayton Belles in the West Riding Premier Division, with Butler setting up Alice McCurich, Jade Nelson and Natalie Bell to earn a 3-0 win.

Dewsbury Rangers face a tough first-division fight for survival this season, after relegation rivals Republica Internationale saw them off 4-1.

In the second division, Middleton Athletic eased past Ossett Town Development 5-1 to go joint-top with Lower Hopton after seven wins from seven, while Boroughbridge beat Farsley Celtic Development 3-1. There was also a comfortable win for Phoenix in the Third Division as they beat struggling Durkar Devils 5-0.

Premier leaders Tingley Athletic moved through to the League Cup semi-finals, as Lucy Richardson’s hat-trick, along with goals from Lauren Colton, Emily Crispin and Rosie Frosdick, sealed a 7-0 victory over third-division promotion contenders Tyersal. Debbie Tomlinson-Dangerfield’s strike was not enough to prevent Premier Division Brighouse Athletic from crashing out of the League cup with a 4-1 defeat to Farsley Celtic Reserves of Division One.

There was also a shock in the League Shield, as unbeaten second division leaders Lower Hopton, who scored through Millie Germaney, were dismissed 4-1 by Division Three leaders Thackley.

However, Premier Division sides Leeds Medics and Dentists and Wetherby Athletic made their superior league status clear, as Leeds battered second-division Skipton Town 7-0, while Wetherby won 6-2 at Clifton Rangers, of Division One, who scored through Jodie Berry and Danielle Dawson.