Albion look to youngsters ahead of tough trip to Hartlepool United

SOUTHERN Section side Ossett Albion are in FA Women’s Cup action this week but face a daunting task at unbeaten North East Regional League Northern Section leaders Hartlepool United.

In their last outing, at Cleethorpes, there were some good performances from Albion teenagers Anna Taylor, Alicia Hudak and Jenna Wraith, but they finished on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline after a topsy-turvy encounter.

Albion hit back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 at the break with goals from Nikki Swift two, and Jenna Wraith and though Jo Atkinson added a fourth after the break the home side hit back to snatch the win.

It was League Cup and League Shield day in the West Riding County Women’s League and in an all-Premier Division clash Battyeford Belles saw off Ossett Town with a fine 5-3 victory.

Belles took the lead in the 30th minute when the outstanding Alice Holleworth, player of the match, forced home a loose ball following a corner. Charlie Cassiday added a second, on her debut, and though Town pulled one back Katie Clarkson made it 3-1 right on half-time.

A second Town goal just after the break got them back in the game but a second from Clarkson, from a Beth Windsor pass, and, though Town grabbed another, Clarkson went on to complete her hat-trick and secure the win – and a home tie with Ilkley in the next round.

Second Division promotion-chasers Dewsbury Rangers suffered an upset in the Shield when they went down 4-0 at unbeaten Third Division leaders Ripon City Panthers, but there was more encouraging signs from Lower Hopton who thrashed Durkar 7-0 in their all-Third Division clash.

Lower Hopton face a more challenging task this week, when they go to Ripon City for a league game, while in Division Two Dewsbury Rangers go to Amaranth, and Battyeford return to Premier Division action at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

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