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No hassle for York City ladies in a flying start
10:16am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
York City Ladies got the new season off to a winning start with a 2-1 success over Hessle Town Ladies, writes Mat Robinson.
Strikes from Sara Renfrew and Rebecca Dawson were enough to grab the first three North East Regional Women’s Football League points of the season despite a stoppage-time goal from Hessle.
Although Hessle got off to a comfortable start, it was York striker Renfrew who opened the scoring putting York 1-0 up just after the half-an-hour mark as she got on the end of Jasmine Whitwell’s swinging corner.
As the first-half continued, Renfrew had several chances to double the lead but failed to get the best of Hessle’s goalkeeper for a second time.
Frustration started to show for City’s Lauren Shuttleworth who was caught offside on numerous occasions throughout the first half, a theme that developed into the second half.
But York doubled their lead just after the break. Renfrew headed a through ball to Rebecca Dawson who, despite clashing with Hessle’s goalkeeper, managed to score. The ’keeper was unable to continue.
Louise Smith and Shuttleworth were both replaced in the second half by Alicia Smith and Pacey Padgham, who despite making an impact on the game couldn’t find the final ball.
After a mostly one-sided match, Hessle’s only real chance of the game came late on when City’s defence were caught out and the ball was guided past Chloe Precious to make it 2-1.
The York Ladies now travel to play Barnsley tomorrow in the second NERWFL game.
York City Ladies reserves also claimed three points in the North Riding Women’s League, thrashing Fulford Ladies 13-0.
A 16th-minute strike from Carol Thompson put York 1-0 up and opened the floodgates as Fiona Burgess, Krista Richardson, Ellie Harding, Emily Dingley and Thompson (2) made it 6-0 at half-time.
Richardson started off the second-half scoring which was quickly followed by another four goals from Thompson.
Defenders Helen Dalby and Jordanne Devine also got on to the score sheet.
The reserves hope to continue their spree tomorrow when they host Guisborough at York College (2pm).
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