FA Cup adventure continues after Ladies see off Woolton

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Town Ladies booked their place in the third round of the FA Cup following their comfortable 4-1 home win over Liverpool-based Woolton LFC.

Brighouse got off to a poor start but did manage to create a couple of good chances only to be denied by some dogged defending,

The breakthrough came midway through the half when Aleathia Smith headed in an Amy Hesselden corner.

Town started the second half much brighter and got their reward when Claire Needham fired a shot in off the bar from distance. Woolton were handed a lifeline when some poor defending allowed the striker to steal the ball, run through and give them hope at 2-1.

Town regained their two goal lead through Hesselden who rounded off some good work by Sonni Sweeney.

It was 4-1 soon after when Rachael White put her body on the line to head home.

Brighouse Sports Ladies started their league campaign with a sensational 5-1 win at last season champions Harrogate Railway.

However, Harrogate took the lead against the run of play when a cross came in from the right and the ball was fired home from close range.

Two minutes later some great approach play, between Sarah Hemingway Leanne Smith and Lauren Doyle saw the latter find Vanessa Holroyd who levelled things up.

Brighouse continued to dominate and were unlucky not to add to their tally before the break.

Harrogate came out strongly in the second half but ‘keeper Linzi Scarfe, had a quiet game thanks to the heroics of Paige Green, Charlotte Reid, Sheridan Drake and Leanne Webster.

Brighouse Sports completely took over the game, with four stunning goals in nine minutes. Lauren Doyle scored two identical goals to make it 3-1,

Vanessa Holroyd made it 4-1 after more good work from Smith and Hemingway, and Smith and the fifth came just two minutes later as more fantastic play between Doyle and Hemingway allowed Smith to race through to score a great solo goal.

Chances continued to arrive at regular intervals and Hemingway twice went close.

“The teamwork was excellent, and we were very much in control of the game,” said delighted coach Richard Monday.

Next up for Brighouse is a home game against Ossett on Sunday (1.30)