Development team slip to first loss of season

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A young Burnley Ladies’ Development team suffered their first league defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to an experienced Blackpool Wren Rovers outfit.

After last week’s narrow defeat to Pennington Ladies in the League Cup quarter final, the team were keen to return to winning ways and welcomed back the creative duo of Bryony Bancroft and Natalie Bell.

Although there was little between the two teams, Blackpool took the lead midway through the first half after a scuffed pass found its way to the opposition, and the striker lofted a shot over the keeper.

More misery was to follow before half-time when the Wrens broke through the normally tight Clarets defence to make it 2-0.

The Clarets had plenty of possession but were unable to break through.

In the second half the Clarets did create chances, but they were unable to finish.

Bancroft and Simone Keating stepped up the pressure winding their way through the tightly-packed final third, with support from linking player Katy O’Hara.

Their efforts provided good chances, and with only 10 minutes to go, Keating broke through with a solo effort to score for the Clarets.

The Clarets finally got control of the game, and an equaliser looked likely.

But the experienced Wrens side held on to the end to inflict the first league defeat of the season on the Clarets.

Burnley FC Girls and Ladies Under 16s put in the stand-out performance of the weekend as they battled back from 3-1 down to produce a shock win at Bury.

Ria Montgomery scored all four goals in a 4-3 victory.

The Under 15s got back to winning ways, with a 2-0 win at Athletico Girls with goals in either half from Leonah Ellis and Evie Priestley,.

There were also 1- 0 home wins for the Under 14s and the Under 12s, and the Under 9 (Clarets) hit their 100th league goal of the season at Academy.