Clarkson's hat-trick dashes Ilkley hopes

Clarkson's hat-trick dashes Ilkley hopes

BATTYEFORD BELLES extended their winning streak to five when they took all three points following a comfortable 4-0 win away at Ilkley Town in West Riding League Division One.

The hosts battled hard against the league leaders  and although there were plenty of chances at both ends the teams were level at half-time.

After the break Belles introduced midfielder Georgia Lane, who instantly had a big impact.

After forcing the Ilkley defence into a mistake Katie Clarkson capitalised by edging her side 1-0 ahead in the 46th minute.

Clarkson then netted a further two goals shortly afterwards.

Her second came in the 49th minute and on the hour mark Clarkson completed her hat-trick.

Eve Hattrell rounded off the win for Battyeford with an unstoppable left footed strike in the 80th minute.

Meanwhile Battyeford’s Reserves gained their first point of the season with a draw at home to Farsely Reserves.

Sacha Hately-Lowe converted a penalty after Jo Currie was up-ended in the box. Only for Farsley to pull level with a late 85th minute equaliser.

The Belles are away on Sunday in an eagerly anticipated tie with Bradford City in the County Cup. The Reserves are at home to Tyersal (2pm).

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