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Bradford City women facing the acid test
Bradford City face their toughest task yet in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division on Sunday when they take on early-season front-runners Stoke City at Thackley.
After a difficult start in their new surroundings, promoted City completed their first win of the season with a 2-0 success at West Midlanders Sporting Albion.
Defender Faye Boshell opened the scoring after just six minutes and Caroline Omboyi added a second before the break.
City's win took them out of the bottom two and above rivals Leeds United, who were beaten 6-2 at new leaders Sheffield United, but in the Reserve Division Leeds at least managed a point when they held City to a 3-3 draw at Apperley Bridge.
Rebecca Kendell hit a second half hat-trick for City in that game after being 2-0 down at the break, while Emma Bentley did likewise for Leeds thanks to her 79th-minute equaliser.
City reserves now go to Sheffield United, while Leeds are at Newcastle and Huddersfield Town at home to Derby County.
Ossett Albion are back in Women's FA Cup action on Sunday when they take on Humberside outfit Malet Lambert at Dimple Wells, hoping for a dramatic change in fortune.
Albion player-manager Nicky Davies, the former Bradford City midfielder and Welsh international, knows she will have to see a marked improvement in her side.
Albion face a team that have already beaten them in the Women's North East Regional League (South) this season and are fresh from a 4-1 defeat at Rotherham-based Millers.
Nicky Swift was again on target for Albion at Millers, and they will need all that, and more, if they are to progress in the national competition.
In the Northern Women's Combination League, Huddersfield Town had a 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
It was 0-0 at the interval but goals from substitute Debbie Hastings (2), Kate Mallin (2) and Abbie Mullen secured the win in fine style.
Town are now one point off the top with a game in hand, and Sheffield United Community are Town's visitors this weekend.
Bradford Park Avenue go to Pontefract Sports & Social Club looking for their first win in the West Riding County Women's League Premier Division but full of confidence after an 8-0 League Cup win over Amaranth, with goals from Sarah Huby (2), Laura Wolfendedn (2), and Sophie Mitchell, while Megan Medley and Claire Hancock both scored their first goals for the club.
Second Division Dewsbury Rangers had no joy in the West Riding League Cup, losing 7-1 at home to Wortley, but Bradford City A won 5-1 at home to Crossley and Norristhorpe were 5-1 winners at Skipton in Division Three.
This week Dewsbury are at Castleford White Rose Reserves, while Norristhorpe entertain Bradford Park Avenue Reserves and Bradford City A are at Skipton, looking to start their inaugural season with a third straight win.
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