Lady Clarets ease through into next round of FA Women’s Cup

Pictured, right, action from Burnley's Under 9s Claret squad's third-successive victory over Blackpool
Pictured, right, action from Burnley's Under 9s Claret squad's third-successive victory over Blackpool

The Lady Clarets eased past Bury in the first qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup.

The Clarets found them selves under early pressure and went behind to a rising shot from the edge of the area.

Bury created further efforts, but central defenders Leah Hart and Jo Holt held firm, and Burnley equalised on 22 minutes when prolific striker Becky Hayton, lobbed the keeper from 18 yards out.

Shortly after Hayton received a through ball from Danni Cooper and was able to deceive the keeper and slot home her second goal.

An injury to striker Katie Pollard gave star development team player Bryony Bancroft her debut for the first team.

At last the Clarets appeared to be getting the upper hand, but a defensive error saw Bury levell matters.

Bury continued to press, and a shot from distance was met by a full stretch dive from keeper Sophie Valentine.

The Clarets responded before the break when Cooper and Hayton mirrored their earlier effort to gain a one goal advantage and hat-trick for Hayton.

In the second half the game started to turn into a one-sided affair.

Emily Wilkinson was rewarded after one of her powerful forward runs with the opening goal of the half.

Hard-working Justine Wallace increased the lead when she picked up a loose ball in the box and ran wide of the keeper to slot home.

She scored again a few minutes later when she rifled a free kick from 22 yards into the roof of the net.

Bury had to endure further efforts from the relentless Lady Clarets. One shot hit the underside of the bar, another shot bounced off one upright and ran across goal to hit the other post before being collected by the keeper.

The final spoils of the game fell to midfield maverick Jo Rohman, who bagged herself two goals.

Hayton was the provider on both occasions, firstly with a low cross which Rohman was able to tap in between the keeper and defender, and then from a through ball to Rohman, who made space just inside the box to strike into the opposite top corner.

On Sunday the Lady Clarets are back in league action when they entertain Birkenhead at Barden Athletics ground, kick-off 2 p.m.

Burnley’s Under 15s hammered in the most goals again this weekend, following up last week’s 11-0 win with a comprehensive 10-0 defeat of Wigan at Towneley Park.

The team have already opened up a three-point gap on Preston North End at the top the league, with maximum points from three games, having scored 23 goals and conceded just one.

The Under 14s also produced their biggest win for two years, beating Euxton Girls 9-0. The win, under caretaker boss Ian Gerrety, makes it back-to-back wins and clean sheets, and means the girls continue their impressive unbeaten start to the season.

Coach Chris Holt will return to lead the side as they travel to a highly improved Wigan Athletic side this weekend.

The Under 9s Claret squad notched up their third successive win, with an under-strength team gaining a well-deserved and valuable away win against a previously undefeated Blackpool side.

In a match where the side showed great team spirit, the stand-out performance came from Alisha who, deputising in defence, repelled the Tangerines time after time.

The club is currently looking for a coach for their Under 6s. Anyone interested should contact chrisholden89@live.co.uk