Bradford Park Avenue must up ante in FA Women’s Cup

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It’s the FA Women’s Cup second qualifying round on Sunday and several West Yorkshire sides are involved.

Bradford Park Avenue travel to Sheffield to face Steel City Wanderers hoping for a dramatic improvement on their last outing, when they lost 6-2 at leaders Tingley Athletic.

That West Riding County League Premier Division clash saw goals from Sarah Huby and Annie Roberts prove little consolation.

Guiseley, without a game last week, are at home to Barnsley in an all-North East Regional Premier Division clash.

And Ossett Albion – still without a Division One South win after a 5-1 defeat at Rothwell – are in knockout action as they host Premier side Hull City looking to complete a giant-killing.

The Bradford City A team lost 4-2 at home to Millers in North East Regional Division One South, Vicki Wood and Sarah Binns (penalty) scoring late on, and their league fixture this weekend is a visit from Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Kirklees earned a useful point at Malet Lambert, Sonya Moore and Claire Needham scoring in a 2-2 draw.

And Keighley Oaks – fresh from a 7-1 win over Goole – will climb to fourth if they win at home to Malet Lambert. Melissa Houldsworth (3), Beth Nixon (2), Sophie Gaines and Kylie Armstrong were the Keighley scorers. Bradford City disappointingly lost ground in the Northern Combination title race when their derby with Huddersfield Town was postponed.

But they will move second if they win at Stockport and South Durham, beaten 3-1 at home to Leeds City Vixens, fail to win at leaders Chorley.

Huddersfield are at home to bottom club Liverpool Feds in the same section, while Wakefield are at Cheadle Heath.

Tingley now face bottom club Wakefield Reserves, who are still pointless after a 3-1 defeat at home to Ossett Town, while Huddersfield Town Reserves and Leeds side Republica – lying second and third in Division Two – hit 26 goals between them in their last games and now face each other.

A 14-3 defeat at home to leaders Wortley Reserves left Cleckheaton Sporting anchored to the foot of Division Three and still looking for their first point.

Dewsbury Rangers, without a game last week, are hoping to break their duck on a trip to pointless Ilkley.

Brighouse lost ground in the West Riding League as they went down 6-1 at second-placed Harrogate Railway.

Farsley AFC, who are without a game this weekend, suffered a third defeat on the trot. Mel Brown and Sarah Carter were on target at Altofts.

In a repeat of the score last season, a 5-1 victory over Ossett Albion, Emma Rutherford scored four for leaders Rothwell.

Bradford City’s under-18 team suffered their first defeat of the season when going down 5-4 to South Leeds at Rawdon Meadows.

City were 4-0 down at the interval but rallied in the second half via a Jess McPherson hat-trick and Lucy Turner striker.

The latter’s goal came with five minutes to go but South Leeds had already scored a fifth by then and City could not quite find an equaliser.

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