Early goal sets Brighouse up for massive win

Sarah Hemingway in action for Brighouse lLdies against Ossett
Sarah Hemingway in action for Brighouse lLdies against Ossett

Brighouse Ladies returned to action with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Ossett Town.

Starting against a very strong wind Brighouse got off to an unbelievable start. From Ossett’s kick off, Leanne Smith immediately won the ball in the centre circle, knocked the ball through for Vanessa Holroyd who tapped the ball past the onrushing keeper after just six seconds.

Brighouse played some lovely football, and great interplay between Danni Stephenson, Emily Holroyd created a chance for Sarah Hemingway who fired straight at the keeper.

However,on 17 minutes Hemingway slipped the ball into Emily Holroyd who danced past two players before dinking the ball over the keeper. Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Nessy Holroyd worked hard to close down a short goal kick ,intercepted a pass across the area then fired into the top corner.

The third goal in five minutes came after more good work from Hemingway who picked the ball up in the centre circle, turned the defender and threaded an inch perfect through ball for Nessy Holroyd who outpaced the defence and calmly finished into the bottom corner.

Brighouse continued to dominate with Lauren Doyle creating some good openings and Alex Sweeney picking up all the loose balls in the middle of the park.

Brighouse started the second half sluggishly and keeper Amy Monday had to make two smart saves. The back four of Stephenson, Leanne Webster, Sheridan Drake and Chloe Abbott were put under a lot of pressure, and eventually Ossett grabbed a well deserved goal after Brighouse twice failed to clear.

Brighouse seemed to be struggling with the wind behind them, but on the hour Nessy Holroyd set up Lauren Doyle who finished in style, and in the 64th minute Nessy Holroyd’s great flick set up skipper Smith to coolly clip the ball over the diving keeper.

The seventh goal was another good team goal ending with Doyle knocking the ball through for Hemingway to blast left footed across the keeper.

Manager Richard Monday was delighted with the performance.

“After a few weeks of inactivity to come out and play like we did today in terrible gusty conditions is a credit to the all the ladies,” he said.

The win sets Brighouse up nicely for next Sunday’s cup quarter final again against Ossett,at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School (1.30).