Ladies within touching distance of title after triumph at Whitley

Brighouse Town Ladies.
Brighouse Town Ladies.

A draw from their final game will be enough to give Brighouse Town Ladies the title after a comfortable victory in the North East.

They play the same opponents – Whitley Bay – in their final game, at the Dual Seal Stadium the weekend after next, so will be confident of completing the task.

Town started with good attacking intent and threatened goalkeeper Geoghegan’s goal in the first minute from a corner, Needham rising well but glancing a header over bar.

Much of the early play was in the Whitley half with some impressive passing from the visitors.

However, some wayward and hurried finishing from the team in orange meant that, with 25 minutes on the clock, neither goalkeeper had been seriously tested.

It took until the 33rd minute for Bay to get a strike on goal.

Good work from Turnbull, Bennett and Anderson created a shooting opportunity for Ord, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.

The opening goal came on 42 minutes following enterprising play by the visitors, a great cross being turned home at the back post by Redgrave.

It came as no real surprise as the away side had been threatening for some time.

Geoghegan made a great save with her feet on the stroke of half-time to keep the hosts in it.

There was a fairly even start to the second half with much of the play in midfield.

Brighouse passed accurately and produced some excellent movement, scoring a fine second goal after 55 minutes.

Bay were unable to cope with some crisp passing in the centre of the pitch and when the ball was threaded through to substitute Doyle, she produced a neat first-time finish with the outside of her right foot.

Brighouse continued to look the more likely to score with Needham pulling the strings in the middle of the park.

Whitley Bay’s first real opportunity of the second period came with 12 minutes remaining. Marshall’s corner led to a goal-line scramble with the ball cleared.

At the other end, Geoghegan dived to her right to parry a speculative hot.

With Brighouse happy to retain their lead and Bay unable to break down their resolute defence, the West Yorkshire side came out on top.