Lady Clarets are denied at the death

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An injury-time equaliser by Bolton Wanderers denied Burnley Ladies a sixth league win on the bounce, a pulsating match ending 2-2.

The lady Clarets dominated the early exchanges and almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Taylor Gregson met an in-swinging corner from Jo Rohman, but glanced her header wide.

A minute later Burnley took the lead when persistence from winger Liz Hamer created a chance for Becky Hayton, the striker’s snapshot taking a deflection on its way into the net.

Bolton levelled in the 13th minute, a rasping free-kick from 30 yards going in off the inside of the post.

Throughout the second quarter of the match, Burnley pressed for a second goal. Rohman’s drive drifted wide, Hayton’s shot struck the foot of the post and a fine ball from Natalie Bell was headed wide by Gregson.

At the other end Burnley keeper Karly Bland, had to leave her line smartly to clear the danger, and Bolton created two clear opportunities after the break. With three attackers against two Burnley defenders they looked certain to score until skipper Jo Holt’s thumping tackle.

In the 50th minute the Bolton striker was clean through on goal, only to be denied by a superb save from Bland.

Burnley regained the lead in the 80th minute, Justine Wallace dipping an 18-yard free kick under the bar after the Bolton keeper was penalised for carrying the ball outside the penalty area.

It looked like the lady Clarets would maintain their 100% start to the league season until deep into injury time when a Bolton corner was bundled home from close range.

On Sunday the Burnley Ladies will strive to return to winning ways when they travel to fourth-placed Wigan Athletic, kick-off 2 p.m.