Belles lay down marker with win over close rivals

Belles lay down marker with win over close rivals

BATTYEFORD BELLES took a huge step toward fulfilling their hopes of a promotion to the West Riding County Women’s League Premier Division when they crushed First Division title rivals Bradford City A 5-1 in their last league outing.

The City side, like Battyeford, have enjoyed successive promotions and are looking for their third in a row, but it may not be a third successive title on this showing.

Two goals in the first 10 minutes, firstly from Battyeford’s Becky Wiggans and then an equaliser from City’s Lois Cooper, saw the two side fighting it out in the most even of contests but the game swung Battyeford’s way with two goals from Bex Raynor and one, right on half-time, from in-form Sarah Hemmingway.

City came out fighting in the second half but Raynor curled a shot into the top corner in the 51st minute and, at 5-1, City’s last hope of salvaging something from the game disappeared.

Megan Kerr picked up the player of the match Award for Battyeford, who have no game this week, but this youthful talented side will be keen to get back in action against Leeds Medics and Dentists, also in the promotion hunt, in their next game the week after.

Leeds Medics, at home to Hebden Royd, and Bradford City, at Ilkley, both have a chance to close the gap on the Belles if they can win their respective games this week.

In the Premier Division Hemsworth’s 2-2 draw at Brighouse Athletic leaves just three points separating the top five teams, with Ossett Town nicely poised in third place with games in hand.

Third-placed Town had no game last week but a win at second-placed Tingley Athletic on Sunday will put them top of the table on goal difference.

Belles reserves managed their second win of the season in beating Middleton Park 2-1 last week, but they entertain runaway leaders Brighouse Town Development this week and are unlikely to get anything out of the game.

Dewsbury Rangers remain well-placed for promotion from Division Three after a 2-1 win over Crossley left them in joint second place with games in hand on their closest rivals, Farsley Celtic Development, ahead of a derby clash at the Ossett Town Development side who went down 4-0 at Skipton in their last game.

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