Lady Clarets guarantee survival after convincing victory

Jane Sexton scored the crucial second goal

Jane Sexton scored the crucial second goal

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Needing to avoid defeat to guarantee survival in the North West Women’s Premier League, Burnley Ladies went one better in earning a 2-0 triumph over Northwich Vixens to end the season on a high.

The lady Clarets gained the lead midway through the first half when Charlotte Hartley surged down the right flank and struck a fierce drive that nestled in the far corner of the net.

Burnley had further chances before the interval. A curling left-foot strike from Em Forrest was tipped around the post by the keeper, and striker Kelly Dean created a chance for Jo Rohman but her shot drifted narrowly wide.

A long-range effort from star-performer Jo Holt narrowly cleared the bar.

Northwich rallied at the start of the second half, but Burnley doubled their advantage on 70 minutes when a long ball from Stephanie Meeks was collected by Jane Sexton, who lashed home.