Clarkson bags hat-trick as Belles seal Shield victory

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Battyeford Belles Ladies made home advantage count as they defeated Ossett Town 5-3 in the West Riding County Women’s League Shield.

Battyeford produced an excellent display to book their place in the next round against a strong Ossett side.

Battyeford won promotion to the Premier Division last season and like Town had opened their campaign with a win and two defeats from their three matches.

Battyeford opened the scoring after 30 minutes when player of the match Alice Holleworth reacted to a loose ball following a corner to slot home.

Battyeford then turned up the pressure and quickly added to their lead with a debut goal from Charlie Cassidy,

Ossett pulled a goal back when an attacker pounced on a loose ball to open their account but Katie Clarkson restored Battyeford’s two-goal advantage when she lobbed the goalkeeper for her first goal on the stroke of half-time.

Battyeford aimed to protect their lead only to concede early in the second half but the home side went 4-2 ahead when right winger Beth Winsor put Clarkson through for her second.

Battyeford appeared in control but were caught again as Ossett made it 4-3 only for Clarkson to fire home soon after, completing her hat-trick with the home side’s fifth goal.

Battyeford Ladies’ are rewarded with a home tie in the next round when they host Ilkley Ladies.