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Annie Roberts doubles up in Bradford Park Avenue women’s cup romp
Bradford Park Avenue kicked off their FA Women’s Cup campaign with a superb 5-1 win over West Riding County League rivals Brighouse.
The victory at Horsfall Stadium earned a second qualifying round tie at Steel City Wanderers of the East Midlands League.
Brighouse recently completed an emphatic league win over Avenue but it was a different story this time as Shannon Doherty and Nic Chamberlain put them 2-0 up early on.
Emily Holroyd got one back but leading scorer Annie Roberts struck either side of the break and skipper Sarah Huby wrapped it up.
Keighley Oaks missed out on a chance to clash with Avenue as they went down 2-0 to Steel City.
But there was a 3-0 win for Guiseley at Hallam side Handsworth after goals from Lindsey Hopton, Alana Fuller and former Bradford City striker Neeley Murrell and they next face Barnsley, who won by the same score against Kirklees.
Nicky Davies, another ex-City player, hit a hat-trick for Ossett Albion as they finished 4-1 winners over Wetherby in a match switched to Ossett due to a waterlogged pitch. They face Hull City in the next round.
In the Northern Women’s Combination, Bradford City slipped further behind 100 per cent leaders Chorley after having to come from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw at lowly Liverpool Feds. The Bantams will be hoping for better at home to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
After being delayed by M62 traffic hold-ups, City arrived only half hour before kick-off and suffered for a lack of preparation.
Chantelle O’Hara struck in the first half but it took an 88th-minute goal from club record scorer Melanie Garside-Wight to salvage a point and City’s unbeaten record.
The City A team are back in North-East Regional League Division One action at Millers Ladies, after sitting out cup day, while Ossett Albion go to 100 per cent leaders Rothwell in the same section still looking for their first league win.
Keighley are at home to Goole and Kirklees go to Malet Lambert.
Avenue go to West Riding League Premier Division leaders Tingley and Brighouse are at Harrogate Railway, while in Division One third-placed Farsley Celtic go to Altofts and joint-leaders Silsden are at home to Hebden Royd.
Northowram are at Middleton Park in Division Two while, in Division Three, Dewsbury Rangers – after losing 12-0 at Wortley – and Cleckheaton Sporting, at home to leaders Wortley Reserves, are still without a point.