Lady Clarets run riot against Curzon Ashton

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A four-goal haul from striker Becky Hayton and a perfect hat-trick for Sarah Greenhalgh steered Burnley Ladies to an 8-0 victory over Curzon Ashton.

The lady Clarets dominated from the outset and opened up a two-goal advantage within the first 10 minutes. An in-swinging corner from Jo Rohman was headed home from six yards by Holly Hunter.

Greenhalgh made it 2-0 when she prodded the ball into the net with her left foot after fluent interplay between Hunter and Becca Sidley on the right wing.

Despite sustained pressure, superb goalkeeping from the Curzon stopper prevented Burnley adding to their lead until shortly before the interval when a quick double strike from Hayton ended the game as a contest, her first following a deft one-two with Greenhalgh, the second a well-taken penalty after Greenhalgh had been upended in the box.

Early in the second half, Greenhalgh headed the fifth goal, created by a jinking run along the left flank by Rohman.

On the rare occasions that Curzon threatened, they found skipper Jo Holt in dominant form at the centre of the Burnley defence.

Hayton completed her hat-trick in the 55th minute, benefiting from a slick pass by Katy Halligan. And a corner, driven low, from Natalie Bell was side-footed into the net by Greenhalgh to give the former Manchester City striker the perfect hat-trick: one with her left foot, one with her right, and one with her head.

The scoring was completed in the 75th minute when Bell swerved past two defenders and arrowed a ball into the box, where Hayton was on hand to dispatch her fourth goal of the game.

In the dying minutes of the game Burnley almost added more goals, both Halligan and Simone Keating being denied by the woodwork.

On Sunday afternoon, Burnley travel to Chorlton to take on the City of Manchester, kick-off 2 p.m.