Cliff brace for Brayton bites strong Terriers
BRAYTON Belles inflicted Huddersfield’s second defeat of the season with a hard-fought win on home soil.
Town started off the better and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but a resilient Belles outfit soaked up the pressure before pouncing on the Terriers with their first attack when a throughball from Laura Whitaker was collected by Jodie Cliff who coolly beat the keeper from close range.
Keeper Michelle Morton prevented a Town equaliser on the half hour mark when she made what was one of the best of a string of great saves, low down to her left.
The visitors pressed forward after the interval and eventually scored an equaliser.
However, the Belles replied instantly when Anya Limbert’s shot struck the bar and came out for Cliff who, despite seeing her first shot saved by the keeper, followed up to score.
The Belles remained resilient in the closing stages as the visitors continued to press, claiming a well-earned win.
Player of the match went to keeper Michelle Morton, who was ably supported by all her team mates.
WEST RIDING WOMEN’S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Final score: Brayton Belles Reserves 2 Huddersfield Town Reserves 1
A LATE Millie James strike from inside her own half was not enough for Brayton’s under 12s.
Copmanthorpe Eagles proved a strong outfit and went ahead towards the end of the first 45.
The Eagles broke from their own half and despite good defensive work from captain Rhian Till, Player of the Match Erin Simpson and Emmi Blackmore, it was not enough as they slotted a neat finish under newly-signed keeper Poppy Tiplady.
The Belles took the initiative in the second half forcing the visitors to camp in their own area with strong tackling and fast, flowing football.
Chances did fall to the hosts through Olivia Snaith and Milly Ash but neither managed to hit the target.
Despite the pressure, it was the high-flying Eagles who doubled their advantage following an unfortunate own goal from skipper Till.
The Belles hit back with eight minutes to spare when James smashed the ball from inside her own half to lob the keeper in what was the side’s best team performance of the season, however they could not find the equaliser.
city of york girls league
Final score: Brayton Belles U12 1 Copmanthorpe Eagles 2
A FIRST minute strike set Malet on their way to a strong win over Brayton’s under 16s.
The Belles were stunned with the speed of the opener on the 5G pitch but fought back strongly and with 23 minutes gone, were rewarded when a 20-yard strike from Issabelle Hasselman brought them level.
Captain Emily Morton led by example pulling off numerous saves, but the Belles went behind midway through the second half and again late on as Malet claimed the points.
Emily Morton received Player of the Match for the second week running.
EAST RIDING GIRLS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Final score: Malet Lambert U16 3 Brayton Belles U16 1
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