Albion Ladies settle for draw

OSSETT ALBION failed to build on their 1-0 first-half lead but still collected another valuable point from a 3-3 draw at AFC Preston.

It was to prove an eventful second half with Ellie Worsley scoring twice for the home side, before picking up a straight red card, while leading scorer Nikki Swift grabbed two for Albion – including one from the spot.

Marlie Willerton was the other Preston scorer while Albion’s other goal came from their player of the match Rachel Barber. Next up for Albion is a visit from Altofts tomorrow as they look to build a solid unbeaten run.

In the West Riding County League Ossett Town, without a game last week, are facing a crucial pre-Christmas programme as they find themselves drifting towards the relegation places.

On current form it promises to be a tough task to get anything from Sunday’s game at home to in-form Brighouse Athletic and next week’s game at home to bottom-club Battyeford Belles.

After a period of unprecedented success Battyeford have come down to earth with a bump this season. They crashed 7-1 at home to second-placed Tingley Athletic in their last outing and they look like facing a long hard season ahead. But this week’s visit of Third Division side Ilkley Town, in the League Shield, offers rare hope of success.

Promotion-chasing Dewsbury Rangers, without a game last week, go to Clifton Rangers with both sides on 12 points and just seven behind leaders Skipton Town with games in hand.

In the same division bottom-club Ossett Town Reserves, beaten 7-1 by Silsden Development last time out, are at home to fellow strugglers Boroughbridge, while in Division Three Lower Hopton, who continued to show promise with a 5-0 win at Durkar, face a new challenge this week with a League Shield tie at home to First Division Farsley Celtic Reserves.

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