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Bradford City women back on trophy trail
Bradford City take on league leaders Sheffield at Thackley tomorrow in the quarter-final of the FA Premier League (North) Cup.
It is the latest stage in their quest for honours after bowing out of the FA Cup before progressing in the County Cup in three hectic days at the start of the week.
In the last 64 of the Women's FA Cup, City found themselves up against Southern Division leaders Cardiff City. They gave a good account of themselves but couldn't make a breakthrough and the Welsh girls won with a, perhaps, harsh 70th minute penalty.
It was disappointing but there was no time for self-pity as they were back in action on the artificial Woodhouse Grove pitch on Tuesday night with a West Riding County Cup quarter-final against Leeds City Vixens. This time it was a no contest.
City were in spectacular scoring form as they followed up their 7-0 FA Cup win over Blackpool a week earlier with an 11-1 romp against their Leeds neighbours. Sarah Danby (4), Molly Sharpe (3), Becky Kendell (2), Chantelle O'Hara and Jodie Redgrave (pen) were the City scorers.
The Reserves maintained their title chase in the Reserve Division when they came from 2-0 down to force a 3-2 win at home to Derby County. Kath Connell, from an Abi Garland corner, Abi Barker and Jodie Litherland scored the City goals.
With no game this week, City will have their eye on Notingham Forest's game at Derby County. If leaders City win their last two games, Forest are the only team who could then overhaul them but a hoped for favour from Huddersfield Town last week didn't materialise as Forest ran out 4-0 winners.
Town are back in action this week when they take on Newcastle United for a game they must win to have any chance of avoiding second bottom spot.
In the Northern Combination, Huddersfield Town, having beaten Liverpool Feds 5-1 with goals from Emily Heckler (2), Kate Mallin, Debbie Hastings and Alice Linsell, are still in with a chance of the title as they take on Middlesbrough at Shelley.
The West Riding County Women's League are playing catch up in the Premier Division, Brighouse Sports beating Silsden 2-1 and 5-2 in a double header, and Keighley, beaten 1-0 by a Sophie Mitchell goal, now take on Brighouse Sports.
In Division Three' Bradford City continued their attempt to take the title in their first season as they preserved their 100per cent record with a 13-0 win over Crossley with goals from Lucy Turner (4), Abbie Thompson (3), Jess McPherson (2), Laura Gadd (2), Ellie Rockett and Amee Ruzkai. Bottom of the league Deighton are next up for City.
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