Burnley Ladies draw at Wigan

GOAL: Vicky Smith

GOAL: Vicky Smith

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BURNLEY Ladies had to settle for a point after surrendering a one-goal lead against Wigan Athletic.

The Clarets started the game brightly with the first chance going to Lucie Berwick, who fired her shot into the side netting.

Wigan soon started to play with composure and soon forced Burnley into conceding a free-kick 25 yards out from goal. The kick was floated in towards the six-yard box but was met by the head of Steph Meeks who put the ball out for a corner.

Wigan were able to maintain the pressure on the Clarets defence resulting in a number of back passes which Clarets keeper Emily Rogers dealt with well.

On 22 minutes the Clarets got back on the attack with efforts from Jo Rohman and a shot from Meeks.

Wigan replied with another attack down the Clarets’ right hand side on the half-hour mark, as their striker cut inside and was adjudged to have been tripped in the penalty area.

The penalty was kept out by Rogers though, who made a magnificent save, finger tipping the ball over the bar.

Then on the storke of half-time Burnley were awarded a penalty after Meeks’ shot struck a defender’s arm.

Vicky Smith stepped forward and duly dispatched the penalty under the diving keeper’s hand and into the net.

The second half started brightly for both teams with the Clarets appearing to just be the stronger of the two sides.

On the hour the Wigan number 7 picked up the ball and sprinted into the 18-yard box, but Morrisey managed to get ahead forcing the striker to turn and pass the ball out wide to the Wigan left.

The resulting cross lobbed over Rogers who at the near post just managed to tip the ball which then landed at the far post and was cleared by youngster Becky Sidley.

At the other end, Rohman dribbled past two defenders but after beating the keeper saw her effort cleared off the line. This seemed to rally the Clarets and led by the command of Hayley Newham in the middle continued to push on for a second goal.

However on 73 minutes a ball passed through the Burnley defence allowed a seemingly offside striker through, who slotted the ball into the Clarets net, beating the out stretched Rogers.

Both teams went in search of a winning goal, the best effort going to the Clarets substitute Aimee Smith, who soon after coming on for her debut was called into action.

She received a pass from Newham and managed to fire a shot off at goal but the ball was deflected off a Wigan defender and dropped into the into. Once again though the Clarets were not able to capitalise from the ensuing melee.

In the end Burnley left with just a point, but will be hungry to claim all three at local rivals Bury FC Ladies next Sunday,

Player-of-the-match was Clarets captain Jo Holt.

FINAL SCORE: Wigan Athletic Ladies 1, Burnley FC Ladies 1