Gritty Clarets dig deep

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Gritty determination and tireless effort enabled Burnley Ladies to salvage a point from a 2-2 draw on their visit to Northwich Vixens.

With two strikers unavailable, inspirational captain Jo Holt (pictured) slotted into the centre-forward position and from the outset her speed and movement wreaked havoc.

Within the first two minutes, a precision pass from Lucie Berwick put Holt through, only for her shot to fade narrowly wide of the post.

In the opposite direction, the pace and power of the two Northwich strikers caused problems for the youthful Burnley backline, so it was no surprise when the home side opened the scoring after 10 minutes. But with the combative Hayley Newham winning most of the midfield battles, Burnley were soon level. Holt raided down the left and drilled in a hard, low cross that was neatly dispatched by Carly Salkeld.

Elegant interplay between Em Forrest and Berwick created a chance for Jo Rohman but her shot was deflected wide.

As the half progressed, the Cheshire side gained the ascendancy and it required a superb save from Emily Rogers, to retain parity. Nonetheless, on the half-hour she was powerless to prevent Northwich taking the lead, their marauding centre-forward running through to give Rogers no chance

Burnley responded with star-performer Holt taking on the Northwich defence single-handed only to be denied by a great save.

However, Northwich finished the half the stronger, and only timely interceptions from defenders Aimee Smith and Leah Morrisey prevented the home side extending their lead.

After the interval, the lady Clarets found another level and were rewarded with an equaliser. Rohman pierced the defence with a mazy dribble, her heroics forcing an own-goal from the hapless centre-half.

Burnley were dominant at this stage and nearly went ahead when Holt tricked her way down the left and took the ball around the keeper, only to see her shot blocked by a defender.

The game degenerated into a dour struggle, but the Clarets dug deep for a draw.