Double derby joy for Burnley Ladies

GOAL: Becky Sidley

GOAL: Becky Sidley

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IT was two victories in 48 hours for Burnley Ladies as they beat Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.

First up they enjoyed a 4-0 victory against a woeful Wigan.

The Clarets opened the scoring within two minutes when left winger Lucie Berwick slipped a deft pass through for Em Forrest whose floated cross deceived the Wigan keeper.

Burnley doubled their advantage on 20 minutes when a rasping strike from Berwick took a slight deflection en-route to hitting the roof of the net.

The game was effectively over on the half-hour when the wily Jo Rohman created a yard of space for herself on the edge of the penalty before fizzing an unstoppable shot past the hapless Wigan stopper.

The second half continued in the same vein with a siege on the Wigan goal. Astonishingly, it wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Burnley claimed their fourth goal.

Striker Laura Hesketh jinxked her way through the bewildered Wigan defence before whipping a left foot cross into the six-yard box. Full back Becky Sidley (pictured) appeared from nowhere to power in a header and register her first goal of the season.

The Clarets then triumphed 3-2 in an entertaining game against Bolton.

Hesketh put Burnley ahead on 12 minutes when she took advantage of a mistake from the Bolton keeper and coolly rolled the ball into the net.

Within five minutes the Clarets were 2-0 up when a perfectly weighted pass from Sidley found the feet of Hesketh who blasted home from 12 yards.

But within seconds of the half-time whistle, Bolton pulled a goal back when a lapse in the Burnley defence allowed the striker to lob the keeper.

Bolton drew level after the hour when a cross from the left flank was headed home from six yards.

The Burnley winner deservedly came from Hesketh who deftly turned on the edge of the penalty box and caressed the ball into the top corner of the net to complete an exquisite hat-trick.

Another triumph for the Burnley Ladies cements their position in the top half of the North West Women’s Regional League with two games remaining.