Sunday saw what was dubbed as the battle of Brighouse with Town hosting Athletic in the Women’s FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.
Town, two divisions above their opponents went into the tie off the back of an impressive 7-0 demolition of Sheffield United. Athletic, themselves, caused one of the shocks of the round beating Town’s league rivals Wakefield 3-0.
The tie turned out to be a pretty one-sided affair with Town dominating the play after an early goal seemed to settle any nerves. Top scorer Rachael White raced through to finish calmly and give her side the edge. Town continued to pressure, and Athletic looked to try and counter but couldn’t force a way through.
Louise Wardman then made it 2-0 with a powerful effort at the near post.
Town looked in the mood but went a little stale for a 15-minute spell.
This allowed Athletic an opportunity to get a foothold in the game, but poor passing meant any mistakes for the home side were matched.
Amy Hesselden – making her first start of the season – made it 3-0 after a good move, and, just two minutes later, Hesselden added her second to make it 4-0 from distance just before the break.
Town have been in this situation in each of their previous two games and looked to just see the game out and ensure they progressed to the next round.
The second half saw further Town dominance, but some sloppy finishing and poor decision-making meant the score would remain the same.
Yasmin Ayub, Hesselden and Jodie Redgrave all smashed the crossbar, as well as player-of-the-match Kayleigh Bamforth, who worked tirelessly almost grabbed a goal.
n Before the game, Town Ladies were helping to promote the Goals 4 Hearts charity to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrests while playing sports.