Cleary’s first-half strike proves key as Albion make Women's FA Cup progress

A DEPLETED Ossett Albion pulled off a superb 1-0 FA Women’s Cup victory over East Yorkshire side Malet Lambert to secure a trip to Hartlepool Ladies in the third qualifying round.

Albion’s record against Malet Lambert is not good but skipper Jodie Atkinson saw her girls dig in and hold on to a first half goal from Claudia Cleary, after good work from Jenna Wraith, with Kim Nallon producing an outstanding display in a fine team performance in the face of some over physical play from the visitors.

It is back to North East Regional League action this week and a trip to current Southern section leaders Doncaster Belles in search of a first league win of the season.

In last week’s other cup ties affecting the region Wakefield, beaten 7-0 by Farsley Celtic, Bradford Park Avenue and Brighouse Athletic all fell by the wayside while in the Womens West Riding League Premier Division Battyeford Belles and Ossett Town came down to earth with a bump after both had won their opening league games.

Battyeford crashed 5-1 at home to Brayton Belles while Ossett, who are at home to Hepworth this week, disappointingly lost 2-0 at Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

Battyeford are at Brighouse Athletic while their reserve side has unfortunately been withdrawn from Division One.

In the Second Division it proved to be a bad day all round for Ossett Town as their reserves were crushed 12-1 by visiting Dewsbury Rangers and now face a trip to face the Farsley Celtic Development side.

Dewsbury are at Silsden Development.

Lower Hopton went down 3-1 at Middleton Athletic in Division Three but try again to secure their first win when they entertain Middleton Park on Sunday.

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