Lady Clarets win in Manchester

Goalscorers Jade Brindle and Jo Holt
Goalscorers Jade Brindle and Jo Holt
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First half goals from star-performer Jo Holt and striker Jade Brindle guided Burnley Ladies to a 2-1 victory on their visit to City of Manchester.

A rutted pitch rendered fluent football impossible, but the lady Clarets won their individual battles in the early exchanges.

Speedy Brindle chased a sublime 40-yard diagonal ball from Holt but was denied by the keeper.

After 25 minutes, Brindle latched on to a poor back pass and looked certain to score only for the City stopper to make a fine point-blank save.

On the half-hour, a superbly-flighted corner from Gemma Harris was met on the full by Katie Pollard but her effort was cleared of the line.

Burnley deservedly opened the scoring after 35 minutes. Tireless winger Charlotte Hartley cut infield and broke through three tackles before being impeded 30 yards from goal.

From the resulting free kick, Holt arrowed a rising drive into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later, the lady Clarets were 2-0 up.

The talented full back Mollie Farrell burst down the left and crossed to Brindle, who held off a couple of challenges before lashing a right-foot shot past the City keeper.

City upped their game after the break and Burnley keeper Sophie Valentine produced a terrific save, diving to her left to keep out a 20-yard strike.

City halved the deficit 10 minutes from time when a cross from the right nestled into the top corner.

But it was only a consolation, Burnley seeing out the remainder of the game to claim a deserved three points and a place in the top six of the North West Women’s Premier League.