Burnley FC Ladies 6, Bury Ladies 0

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THE Clarets continued their unbeaten start to the season against local rivals Bury.

From the start Burnley stamped their dominance on the game, and it was only a matter of time before they scored.

Strong running on the left wing from Vicky Smith, coupled with precise and intelligent through balls from Steph Meeks, Hayley Newham and Joanna Rohman were causing all sorts of problems for the Bury defence.

The first goal came as these players combined to force a corner. Rohman launched an inswinging ball, which was met by Smith, who stooped to head the ball into the back of the net.

Player of the match Meeks (pictured) was next to score as a build up of fast and precise passing in the midfield culminated in Smith passing an intelligent through ball to Meeks on the edge of the box, who placed the ball into the top corner, out of the keeper’s reach.

Bury attempted to get back into the game, when a long ball reached their striker.

She raced towards goal, but was met by the Clarets keeper Emily Rogers, who forced the striker wide and then the impressive Becky Sidley made a goal-saving tackle.

More chances were created by the Clarets, and they bombarded the Bury goal with shots from wide angles, but the keeper was equal to everything offered and Burnley had to settle for a 2-0 lead going into half-time.

A positive start to the second half led to midfield dynamo Rohman bursting into the box from the right.

Having beat three players, she elected to shoot, but the Bury keeper made a good save, only for Emilie Forrest to pick up the loose ball and slot it home to extend the lead.

Any Bury attacks were quickly nullified by the impressive Breanne Hunter and Leah Morrisey, who frustrated the Bury strikers throughout.

Hard-working captain Jo Holt provided further protection whilst encouraging the Clarets on and on.

Rohman continued to cause problems for the Bury defence, and minutes later was dribbling into a shooting position when she was upended in the box.

Rohman stepped forward to smash home the resulting penalty to make the score 4-0.

The fifth goal arrived shortly after when 16-year-old Carly Salkeld, who had her best game to date, closed down the Bury forward and forced her into a misplaced pass back to her centre half.

The ever-alert Meeks managed to intercept the pass, stormed forward, then picked her spot and finished with class by curling the ball high into the net for the best goal of the game.

The final goal came from Rohman, who picked up the ball in the middle of the park, beat her marker and hit the ball hard along the wet ground to see it skim past the Bury keeper.

In the latter stages of the game, substitute Aimee Smith created a couple of good opportunities to score herself, and was also provider for her team mates.

Natalie Gretton made a credible debut and with her great pace she will be an asset for the future.

The Clarets play Chester City Ladies at home (Burnley Bank Hall) on Sunday, kick-off 2 p.m., with all welcome.