Leeds City Vixens are back with a bang

Leeds City Vixens brushed aside the challenge of Manchester City Ladies at Sport City to record a deserved 3-0 victory in the FA Women's Northern Division.

With poor weather disrupting the fixtures, the Vixens were taking to the field for a competitive league game for the first time in two months, but their performance showed just how hard they've been working in training as there were no signs of rustiness.

Natalie Hague put the Vixens ahead with a penalty before Meganne Paul slotted home from a corner. Sarah Dobby then wrapped things up late on with a cool header.

The opposition started stronger but, with just 15 minutes gone, a City midfielder suffered a serious injury which brought a half-hour stoppage to the game. That put paid to their high tempo and the Vixens grew in confidence as they sought to turn the screw.

It paid off as Katherine Bird's left-wing run was brought to a halt with a reckless challenge, the referee pointed to the spot and Hague smashed home.

The Vixens were beginning to dominate the midfield battle with Hannah Spreckley commanding play. A free-kick just outside the area was teed up for Spreckley who saw a fierce shot cannon back off the upright.

The second half carried on where the first left off as the Vixens continued to dominate and, with 56 minutes gone, they struck again.

Bird's corner found its way to the back post where Paul had the easy

job of slotting home.

Things were put to bed in the 82nd minute when a cross from the right was headed in by an unmarked Dobby.

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