Developing Doyle makes impression with hat-trick

Brighouse Town Ladies were anticipating a very stern test against newly promoted Boldon last Sunday afternoon but, unfortunately, the visitors were unable to raise a team.

It meant an easy three points for Town, who will have noted that top of the table Barnsley could only manage a draw away against Whitley Bay.

Town’s Development team had a tough test of their own against top of the table Tingley Athletic.

Town performed really well under the watchful eye of first-team manager Rob Mitchell, who will, no doubt, have been impressed by Craig Billington’s young side.

After going behind, Brighouse responded well and scored a fine goal through Jessica Doyle.

The home side took the lead once more to end the half 2-1 ahead.

A change in personnel and emphasis put Town on the front foot straight from the kick-off in the second half.

Doyle doubled her tally to draw her side level. Town then took the lead through Chelsea Morton, who got on the end of a cross from Beth Sutcliffe and converted.

Town then made it 4-2 with Doyle completing her hat-trick but Tingley fired back to make it 4-3 almost straight away to ensure a tense end to the game.

That was until player-of-the match Beth Leeming, who was outstanding, made her most significant mark on the game.

She managed to evade a couple of challenges before sending a rocket of a shot over the top of the goalkeeper to ensure a fine 5-3 win for brighouse.

Next up for Town is a home game against Castleford at the Dual Seal Stadium on Sunday (2.00pm).

Manager Mitchell, whose team is now attracting upwards of 100 for home matches, would love more people to come along and witness just how well the team is now playing.

“We really have a quality squad here, just like Paul Quinn has with the men’s team, and we are taking plaudits wherever we play,” claimed Mitchell.

“There is high ambition to go a long way just as there is with the men’s team and we can sustain that ambition if we can get even more healthy crowds.

“Please come out on Sunday and lend us you support. I am sure that the girls will not disappoint.”