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First defeat of the season for York City Ladies
10:37am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
York City Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 4-1 to Norton and Stockton Ancients Ladies, writes Josh Luckhurst.
Despite taking the lead through Ruth Brazier, Norton and Stockton’s pace and finishing was too much for York to handle.
The strong winds threatened to spoil the game as York were pinned into their half for the majority of the early exchanges from relentless Norton and Stockton attacks.
York got a foothold, though, and started to play the football that had installed them in top spot before kick-off. Ruth Brazier despatched a free-kick in the 12th minute that left the ’keeper standing to take the lead.
After the interval, they continued to threaten Norton and Stockton’s goal but could not extend their lead, a Sara Renfrew header just whistling wide.
York’s profligacy gave Norton a chance to get back, equalising despite the efforts of Abbi Webster.
Great build-up play from Jazz Whitwell resulted in Lauren Shuttleworth with a chance to regain the lead but she missed the target again.
Norton and Stockton punished that miss by scoring two goals in five minutes when their striker twice sneaked past the York defence to score.
They got in again as the Norton and Stockton striker rounded the ’keeper only to be denied by defender Jess Barnes. But that effort was to no avail as Norton scored their fourth and final goal despite calls for offside.
York will be in FA Cup action when they travel to Peterlee on Sunday, 2pm kick off.
York City Ladies reserves also came up short, losing 6-3 at Redcar.
The hosts started the stronger side and took an early lead.
York then equalised when Carol Thompson converted a penalty.
Redcar regained the lead but York quickly levelled just before the break as Chantel Padgham pounced on a weak goal-kick.
Redcar nudged ahead again in the second half, using the wind to full effect.
But Padgham levelled for her second.
However, leaders Redcar came back as they scored another three goals to condemn York to defeat.
The reserves host Fishburn Park Ladies at York College on Sunday, again kicking off at 2pm.
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