BRADFORD City Women beat fellow West Yorkshire side Ossett United 2-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday to make it into the first round.

As the underdogs, Ossett were supposed to be an easy win for hosts City, but the visitors refused to go down without a fight.

The Bantams got off to a great start, pressuring Ossett from the kick-off. They scored on the six-minute mark, but unfortunately the goal was ruled out for offside.

At the other end of the pitch, the defence stayed strong.

City skipper Katy Woodcock produced one brilliant piece of closing down play, preventing the Ossett striker from scoring on the counter.

Thirty minutes in, Ossett once again went on the counter after a Bradford corner.

They were able to get a shot away, but the ball rattled off the crossbar to safety.

The Bantams quickly retaliated when Ellie Prothero received a great cross from outside the box.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t get her touch right and her shot eventually went wide of the post.

The first half ended soon after, with the teams still locked at 0-0.

The City Women seemed to have their heads back in the game at the start of the second half, pinning Ossett back in their own half.

At the 55-minute mark, Bantams midfielder Monika Stube made a break for goal, but she was abruptly stopped after being shoved off the ball.

A penalty was awarded and Charlotte Stuart stepped up to the plate and placed the ball perfectly in the top right corner, giving City their first goal.

Despite the goal against them, Ossett refused to lie down.

In the last 10 minutes, they took shot after shot at the goal, but City’s keeper Hannah Richards stayed strong.

In the 84th minute, Ossett’s striker made a great run to the box, and did beat Richards, but she miskicked and sent the ball wide of the goal.

There was another goal in the game, but fortunately for City, it went their way.

Deep into added time, City were awarded a free kick, just to the left of the penalty area and in Zoe Roberts’ striking range.

She curved the ball towards the net, and the keeper punched the ball straight into Woodcock’s feet. She tapped the loose ball in with ease, finishing Ossett off.

City coach Qasim Akhtar was pleased with the win but admitted he would have liked to have seen a better performance from the team.

He said: “I think we needed more, especially in the first half, but we were better in the second half.

“To be fair, Ossett played well, and they made it difficult for us.”

Bradford City Women will now face Cheadle Town Stingers away on November 14 in the FA Cup first round.