Skipton Town Ladies 2 v 4 Crossley Ladies (West Riding League)
In the final league game of the season, Skipton Town Ladies entertained Crossley Ladies FC at the Deman Stadium with both teams looking to end the season with a victory.
Skipton Town started the better of the two side’s and controlled the first forty-five minutes with some excellent passing from midfield and solid defending from Alex Chew, Hatty Midgley, Laura Stafford and Rachel Southam.
Skipton’s first real chance on goal came after twelve minutes, when central defender Alex Chew went up for a corner and sent a header just over the Crossley crossbar. A few minutes later Bex Holt went close with a long range effort from just outside the Crossley area, but her shot took a deflection and went wide for the goal.
Despite all the possession it took twenty-eight minutes for Skipton to break the deadlock, Leanne Farrell beat the Crossley keeper to the ball before chipping her shot over the defence into an empty goal following an excellent pass from midfielder Amy Green.
Crossley then had two great chances to level the score, when on two seperate occasions the Crossley centre forwards had clear runs at the Skipton goal following to long balls over the Skipton defence. However on both occasion’s Skipton goalkeeper Georgia Midgley came off her line to save at the feet of the on rushing forwards.
On thirty-six minutes Leanne Farrell added her and Skipton’s second goal following a long ball over the Crossley defence, Farrell lobbed the ball over the Crossley keeper who was caught in no mans land trying to get to the ball before Skipton forward Farrell.
Crossley did manage to pull a goal back on forty-one minutes when a long ball from the back went over the Skipton defence and the centre forward out paced Alex Chew before sliding the ball past Midgley in the Skipton goal to make the half-time score 2-1 to Skipton Town.
At the start of the second half Skipton appeared to have lost all confidence after that late Crossley goal in the first half. After about ten minutes in the second half Crossley draw level following another long ball over the Skipton defence, the Crossley forward again slide the ball past Midgley to make the score 2-2.
Crossley’s third and fourth goals were both excellent long range effects from the edge of the Skipton area, both goals left Georgia Midgley in the Skipton goal with no chance as Crossley ran out 4-2 winners.
Skipton Town Ladies can look forward to next season in a positive frame of mind, despite only winning one game this season the teams performance has improved 100% following the appointment of a new management team midway through the season.
Skipton Town Ladies – G. Midgley, Stafford, H. Midgley, Chew, Southam, Holt, Green, Spencer, Farrell, Garner, Parker
Goals – (Skipton Town) Farrell (28,36)
Attendance – 23