Ladies bounce back with win

Brighouse Town ladies skipper Claire Needham
Brighouse Town ladies skipper Claire Needham

Brighouse Town Ladies were bounced back after last week’s League Cup defeat by Wetherby with a 5-3 home win against Sheffield Wednesday Ladies.

Town were made to work hard for the points against a Sheffield Wednesday side who manager Rob Mitchell described as: “The best footballing side we have played this season”.

Town struggled to adapt to the heavy surface and poor passing and a unusually slow pace allowed Wednesday to take the initiative.

A corner that was originally well dealt with by the Town defence was quickly given away in a dangerous area, allowing the Wednesday striker time and space to put her team ahead.

Town responded and Chloe Roberts ran on to a through ball before laying off to Rachael White who neatly played in Jayne Smith. She jinked past one defender before coolly sliding the ball past the keeper to make it 1-1.

Wednesday then regained the lead when their tricky winger managed to evade a tackle and swing in a cross that looped wickedly in off the post.

Town were then awarded a penalty as a cross in to the box struck the unsuspecting defender on the arm. Sonni Sweeney stepped up and managed to scuff it home.

Town then took the lead just before the break when Amy Hesselden played a through ball for White to run on to and whip in a great delivery for Sweeney to head home her second.

Wednesday came out looking for the equaliser while Town created a couple of chances.

Wednesday did manage to grab a goal, when a cross from the left wasn’t dealt with leaving an unmarked striker at the back post to smash in.

Sweeney slotted home only for her effort to be ruled out for offside before she completed her hat trick after latching on to a Debbie Tomlinson through ball.

Claire Needham wrapped it up when she ran through and closed the ‘keeper down before firing in to an open net.

Next is the FA Cup third qualifier on Sunday against City of Manchester Ladies at the Dual Seal Stadium (1pm).