Young Clarets earn a place in league cup final

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Burnley FC Girls and Ladies’ Under 9s (Clarets) won through to their league cup final on Saturday.

The Clarets took on Rainford Rangers, and while FA protocol means the result of thematch cannot be publicised, the Burnley youngsters, who have had a hugely impressive first season, can now look forward to a cup final later in the season.

The Under 14s took on West End AFC at the Prairie on Saturday, hoping to emulate the success of the Under 15s and reach the final of the Lancashire County Cup.

However, the Clarets found it hard going against a talented West End team, who have won all of their games so far this season.

Burnley started well and managed to contain West End to long-range shots, but increasingly struggled to contain West End’s very impressive number 12, who scored two quick goals.

The Clarets got a goal back when Olivia Moffitt latched onto a loose ball to lob the keeper, to make the half-time score 2-1.

However, Burnley tired in the second half and West End went on to score four further goals.

Burnley did get a consolation from Jess Greenwood, to make the final score 6-2.

The Under 13s were in league action this weekend, taking on league leaders Manchester City.

City have not dropped a point in the league this season and ran out 5-0 winners, however, there were plenty of encouraging signs in Burnley’s battling display.

Meanwhile, despite Artic conditions, Burnley Ladies’ senior team delivered a gritty performance to earn a 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers and make it three successive league wins since the turn of the year.

The wintry weather, with a one inch layer of snow on the pitch, meant that the Clarets struggled to play their usual passing game and had to resort to hitting long balls to striker Becky Hayton.

As the half proceeded, Em Forrest and Justine Wallace began to dictate the game with their creative approach play.

Up front, Hayton was well supported by pacy wingers, Becca Sidley and Bryony Bancroft.

But despite gaining the ascendancy, Burnley were limited to long-range shots which rarely troubled the Bolton keeper.

As the second half progressed, young Bancroft continued to grow in confidence and repeatedly tormented the Bolton defence.

On the hour, Burnley’s pressure was rewarded with the only goal of the game, the Bolton centre back putting through her own net while under intense pressure from both Bancroft and Sidley.

For the remainder of the half the lady Clarets displayed grit and determination, with inspiring performances throughout the spine of the side.

At the back Leah Hart and captain Jo Holt dominated, with Jo Rohman and Forrest controlling midfield.

When Bolton tried to play wide, full backs Jane Sexton and Taylor Gregson defended comfortably and were able to get forward to help push the opposition back.

Keeper Jodie Mountain held her concentration and cleared up on the few occasions she was called into action.

Teenage winger Bancroft was named player of the match for an outstanding performance, a major contributor to Burnley’s advance towards the upper reaches of the North West Regional Women’s League.

On Sunday the lady Clarets will entertain Wigan Athletic at the Barden Sports Club, kick-off 2 p.m.