Brighouse Town Ladies progressed in the West Riding County Cup with a convincing 5-1 win at home against Tingley Athletic.
The win sets up a plum semi-final tie with Leeds Ladies of the Premier League North to be held at WRCFA Head Quarters, Woodlesford on a date to be arranged.
Town’s quarter-final opponents, Tingley, made them work for the win with a gritty and determined performance, and the visitors had their keeper to thank on numerous occasions as the 16-year-old put in a player-of-the-match performance to keep the score down. The defence in front of her also worked tirelessly to keep Town at bay.
Town were without Claire Needham due to illness and manager Rob Mitchell opted to rest top scorer Rachael White who had also been suffering with illness during the week. Despite this, Mitchell still fielded a strong line up for the game. Tingley, mainly made up of sixteen-year-old girls, gave their all but couldn’t manage to cause an upset.
Town’s goals started to flow at regular intervals during the first half with Annabelle Cass smashing in the first off the underside of the bar from distance, and Jess Doyle then bagged her first goal for the senior team on her maiden start after impressing as substitute in recent weeks. Jodie Redgrave then added a third with an overhead kick inside the box. Town had chances but found a barrier in the form of the Tingley keeper.
Town made it 4-0 with Cass grabbing her second of the game from distance.
Tingley thought they’d scored; a goalmouth scramble led to appeals that the ball had crossed the line but a last-ditch clearance prevented it from doing so.
Town then had a couple of goals disallowed for offside through Redgrave and Aleathia Smith.
Rachael White came on for the last 10 minutes as preparation for the midweek game and nearly grabbed a goal herself; a long-range effort crashed onto the underside of the bar before bouncing out. Tingley did manage to grab a consolation goal; a long ball wasn’t dealt with, leaving the lone striker to finish superbly and make it 4-1.
Redgrave had the last word with the last kick of the game to make it 5-1 and ensure her side would go in to the semi-finals for a second year running.
Player of the match Jordane Allison was superb down the left with several key passes.
Overall, Town were the better side on the day but credit to Tingley for their fantastic attitude and work rate.