Town continue fine form after beating rivals

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With both Brighouse Town Ladies and Wetherby boasting unbeaten records it was always going to be a close encounter which Town just edged with two late goals.

Wetherby had the better of the first 10 minutes with a succession of corners that were dealt with by the Town defence.

A few half chances for both sides followed but both ‘keepers did well.

Top scorer Sonni Sweeney tested Beryl Hockey in the Wetherby goal before Erin Boswell, making her Town debut, dived low and pushed the ball away from danger before been cleared by the eventual match winner Debbie Tomlinson.

Town came out for the second half looking more relaxed and despite nearly been caught out after overplaying began to take control. A 10 minute spell of pressure nearly saw the deadlock broken when Jayne Smith headed against the crossbar after a great first time cross by Amy Hesselden.

A couple of scrambles in the Wetherby box didn’t result in a goal befgore the opposition took the lead against the run of play when the two Town central defenders were caught out of position leaving a gap for the prolific Debra Slater to run in to before chipping over the on-rushing Boswell. Yasmin Ayub was brought on to try and unlock the opposing defence and she duly deleivered. A pinpoint pass between two defenders found Sweeney who didn’t have to break stride before firing across goal and in to the net.

The momentum was with Town and a clever free kick between Ayub and Claire Needham had the latter crossing for Tomlinson who rose highest before heading in the winner.

Next up for Town is an away FA Cup first round proper tie at Whitley Bay on Sunday (1.00).

Brighouse Sports Ladies strolled into the League Cup quarter finals with an emphatic 10-1 victory over a poor Brayton Belles Reserves team.

Brighouse almost opened the scoring when full-back Paige Green’s 20 yard strike came back off the post before Emily Holroyd raced into the area and set up Sarah Hemingway to tap in from close range.

It was 2-0 in the 14th minute when Lauren Doyle sent Leanne Smith clear and she finished with ease.

Vanessa Holroyd then scored a hat-trick in 22 minutes, all great finishes after great work from Emily Holroyd, before Smith picked out Alex Sweeney who finished smartly from close range.

The goals kept coming in the second half, Vanessa Holroyd scoring her fourth and Leanne Smith getting her second with a ferocious left foot drive.

Brighouse continued to dominate and created chances only to be denied by poor finishing and the woodwork until the 73rd minute when Charlotte Reid strolled forward from the back and fired home.

Brayton then broke forward for the first time in the game and their striker finished well. However, from the kick off impressive debutant Renata set up Hemingway for her second and Brighouse’s 10th.

Brighouse return to league action next week when they travel to local rivals Bradford Park Avenue.