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Bradford City women now playing catch-up
Bradford City face the start of a fixture backlog after their FA Women’s Cup tie at home to Blackpool Wren Rovers failed to survive last weekend’s frost.
They try again on Sunday but City’s home pitch at Thackley has suffered, along with others in the district, with the heavy rain – and now frost – in recent weeks.
Last week’s postponement caused the scheduled County Cup tie with Leeds City Vixens to be put back to February 16, while the draw for the fourth round of the FAW Cup has given City yet another home game, this time against Cardiff.
In the FA Premier League reserve section, only one point now separates leaders City from second-placed Sheffield after a 4-3 win for the South Yorkshire side over Derby County.
City now face Derby at Apperley Bridge on Sunday, while Huddersfield Town are at home to Leeds United.
Town’s first team bowed out of the FAW Cup with a 4-1 defeat at home to Coventry City, Kate Mallin scoring the consolation, but they are in Sheffield County Cup action this week at Hepworth.
Premier Division side Guiseley saw off Division One opponents Sheffield Wednesday in emphatic style, winning 7-0, when the sides met in the North East Regional League Cup. Caroline Hulme (3), Nadine Bates, Rachel Landricombe, Tanya Rich and Kerrie Zserdicky provided the goals.
Guiseley, with ground to make up on the leaders, are at home to Lepton Highlanders this weekend.
Ossett Albion are hoping the weather holds as they attempt to get their Division One South season back on track at bottom club Westella & Willerby.
The top four seem to be pulling away in the southern section but Albion are still in with a chance of a fifth-place finish.
Promotion hopefuls Brighouse Town, formerly Kirklees Ladies, go to leaders Wetherby Athletic for a game that will test their credentials.
In the West Riding County League Premier Division, in-form Bradford Park Avenue are at home to rock-bottom Ossett Town boosted by a fine 5-4 win at Selby side Brayton after being 3-1 down at half time. Sophie Mitchell and skipper Sarah Huby hit two goals apiece, with Nic Chamberlain completed the scoring.
Promotion-chasing Ilkley were 5-2 winners at Brayton reserves in Division Two, Hope Nichol (2), Chloe Oldham (2) and Katie Scott scoring. They now go to third-placed Thornes.
In mid-table, Dewsbury Rangers go to Rothwell Town, while unbeaten Division Three leaders Bradford City A are at Norristhorpe.