Albion women step up in style

Ossett Albion took a giant step toward survival in the North East Regional League Southern Division when they crushed visiting Humberside outfit AFC Preston 10-0 in their last outing.

Albion, now with a four-point gap between them and Preston in second-bottom spot, always seemed in control in this relegation battle.

There was already a 3-0 advantage by the interval and Albion ran in seven more without reply in the second half as Nikki Swift and Jenna Wraith completed hat-tricks, Gemma Patterson struck twice and a goal from Jo Atkinson completed the rout.

It promises to be a tougher task at Altofts on Sunday but, with only one point between them, another win would lift Albion above their hosts into a heady fifth place in the table and certainly ease the pressure for the final five games of the season.

In the Premier Division of the West Riding County Women’s League Battyeford SC have a must-win game at Selby district side Brayton Belles as they bid to reduce the four-point deficit between the two sides and lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Ossett Town are joint bottom with Battyeford but a home game against leaders Leeds Medics and Dentists this week does not bode well for a struggling Ossett side with only one win to their name this season.

It was a disappointing day for Dewsbury Rangers in Division Two, when their promotion hopes took a devastating knock with a 1-0 defeat at leaders Leeds City.

A win would have actually kept Rangers in with an outside chance of the title but Leeds now have an 1- point lead and though the Dewsbury side have three games in hand Clifton are in second spot with an eight-point advantage, having played only one game more.

On Sunday Rangers could close the gap on at least one of the top two with a win over Amaranth but, with only six games to play, they are running out of time.

Ossett Town reserves, at Skipton, look set for relegation while in Division Three third-placed Lower Hopton missed out on a chance to reduce the six-point deficit with leaders Ripon City when their top of the table clash was postponed.

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