Maximum target for Bradford City women

Brighouse Town player of the match Yasmin Ayub in action, right

Brighouse Town player of the match Yasmin Ayub in action, right

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County Cup finalists Bradford City, still in with a chance of a third-place finish in the FA Women’s Premier League (North), travel to Derby County on Sunday needing maximum points to maintain their challenge.

Emma Dobson, who was harshly sent off in the recent League Cup tie with Sheffield, begins a three-match ban but coach Steve Winterburn has an otherwise full-strength squad to choose from.

In the Reserve Division, leaders City have a crunch game at home to Leeds United in what is their final league fixture. With Nottingham Forest still in a position to take the title if they win their games in hand, the Leeds game is one City must win.

A solitary goal from Dominique Hoad was enough to take the points against their Huddersfield Town counterparts but more goals could be needed to see off Leeds.

With City’s reserves also through to the final of their League Cup, the A team are looking to make it a hat-trick when they travel to North Yorkshire side Brayton, near Selby, in the semi-finals of the West Riding County League Shield.

Division Thre leaders City are facing Premier Division opponents for the first time but they have a 100 per cent record in all competitions and are hoping for another giant-killing.

Wetherby are at home to Ossett Town in the other last-four Shield tie, while in the Premier Division, Bradford Park Avenue – beaten 2-1 at home to Keighley in their last game – will complete their fixtures at Brighouse Sporting.

Brighouse Town, 3-0 winners over Ossett Albion with the help of another two goals from one-time City star Sonya Sweeney, will take the North East Regional League (South) title if they take a point from their trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

In the Premier Division, Guiseley still have an outside chance of the title after their 3-2 win at Barnsley. Victory in their last five games will assure them of the runners-up spot but they are relying on a slip from unbeaten Norton and Stockton to finish top.

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