Lady Clarets disappointed not to end Wanderers’ unbeaten record

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Having suffered a 4-0 defeat in November to the leaders of the North West Women’s Regional Football League, the Lady Clarets were unfortunate not to get all three points against unbeaten Bolton, drawing 2-2.

The Lady Clarets started brightly and managed to move the ball around well and disrupt the Bolton play.

The intent from Burnley was shown early on as Linny Craig was unfortunate to see her effort canon off the bar.

They did not have long to wait to open the scoring when Justine Wallace was unceremoniously upended, and got back to her feet to unleash a free kick into the top corner.

And a second goal came when the ball fell neatly in the box for 17-year-old Evie Priestly to dispatch her eighth goal in three games.

Bolton started to test the Burnley backline, but the Lady Clarets held out until the break.

An unexpected substitution had to be made as keeper Taylor Gregson badly twisted her ankle on her walk back to the pitch, and was replaced by Leanne Ashton-Smith.

And then a hamstring injury to Rebecca Hayton saw the introduction of Georgia Payton.

Around 20 minutes into the second half, Bolton pulled a goal back when the ball broke in midfield and their centre forward hit a rising drive into the top of the net.

This rallied Bolton, knowing that three points would possibly secure the league title, and with three minutes remaining, Burnley’s backline was breached again when their centre half moved onto a loose ball which she smashed into the roof of the net from 25 yards.

Youngster Kim Sykes had to hobble off with an ankle injury, but Burnley saw the game out at 2-2, and finished disappointed with a draw

The Lady Clarets return to action on March 26th at CMB.