Albion thrashed in FA Women's Cup third round

OSSETT ALBION go to unbeaten Southern Division leaders Westella and Willerby for a North East Regional League game this week – still smarting from a crushing 7-1 defeat in their FA Women’s Cup third round qualifying game at Hartlepool United.

There was no sign of the shape of things to come when the teams went in at half-time with Albion trailing 2-1.

Albion’s player-of-the-match Rebecca Wiggans had provided an assist for leading goal-scorer Nikki Swift to find the net, but any hope of getting back in the game was swiftly dispelled as the home side ran in five more without reply in the second half.

After three seasons of continued success Battyeford Belles are finding life tough in their debut season in the West Riding League top flight.

In their last outing they went down 4-1 at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare and will be hoping for better in this week’s Premier Division game at fellow strugglers Silsden.

Ossett Town are similarly placed after their 4-1 reverse at home to leaders Leeds Medics and Dentists and complete the bottom four dog eat dog fixtures this week with a visit from pointless bottom-club Bradford Park Avenue.

Town’s reserve team, bottom of the Second Division, are in County Cup first round action at home to Premier Division side Tingley Athletic, while in the other first round tie Dewsbury Rangers will take heart from their 8-2 Second Division win at Amaranth last week when they take on North East Regional League side Farsley Celtic.

In Division Three Lower Hopton gave a superb account of themselves when they went to leaders Ripon City Panthers. Hopton came so close to ending the home side’s 100 per cent record before finishing up on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline.

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