Lady Clarets guarantee survival after convincing victory

Jane Sexton scored the crucial second goal
Jane Sexton scored the crucial second goal

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.