Albion Ladies target first win of tough new season

OSSETT ALBION travel to Cleethorpes on Sunday still looking for their first win in the North East Regional Women’s League but their last game, at home to Doncaster Belles, was not without incident in what turned out to be an eight-goal thriller with a hat-trick, a sending off and booking to boot.

Skipper Jo Atkinson saw her team pick up a point after turning in another determined display in which Jenna Wraith set up Rebecca Wiggans for each of her hat-trick goals and Claire Berry sent Rachel Barber through for the fourth.

After going 2-0 down Albion pulled it back to 2-2 and, despite conceding a third right on half-time they actually led 4-3 before Doncaster, playing with 10 at the end, forced an equaliser themselves.

In the West Riding County Women’s League Battyeford Belles are struggling to recreate the success achieved at the lower levels in this their first Premier League season.

At Brighouse Athletic last week they lost their second successive league game when they went down 3-1 and on Sunday they entertain Ossett Town in the League Shield.

Town, who have an identical record of one win and two defeats in the league, their second defeat coming in a 4-3 reverse at home to Hemsworth MW last week, also went out of the League Cup in their first game.

Dan Robinson’s hopes of building something big at Ossett Town are beginning to flounder as results are not currently matching his coaching and management ambitions.

In the Second Division an 8-0 win for Dewsbury Rangers at Silsden Development keeps them in second place, but at the other end of the table Ossett Town reserves are bottom after a 7-0 defeat at Farsley Celtic Development.

On Sunday Town’s reserves are at home to Crossley and Rangers are at Ripon City in the League Shield.

Lower Hopton picked up their first win of the season in Division Three when they beat visiting Middleton Park 6-3 to put them in good spirits ahead of a League Shield tie at home to Durkar Devils on Sunday.

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