Brighouse Town Ladies geared up for their FA Women’s Cup first-round trip to Whitley Bay on Sunday with a 2-1 home win over North-East Women’s Regional League South Division leaders Wetherby Athletic.
Jayne SMith was the star of a victory which put Rob Mitchell’s side third in the table, three points behind Wetherby with two games in hand.
‘We didn’t really get going but showed great resilience and yet again found a way of winning the game,” said Mitchell. “Huge credit to the girls, who worked hard throughout and got what they deserved in the end.”
The clash had a cup-tie feel to it with both sides desperate to do well and gain an advantage in their quest for the title.
Town looked a little nervy and rushed the play at times while Wetherby closed down well and didn’t allow any time or space to their hosts.
Top scorer Sonni Sweeney tested Beryl Hockey in the Wetherby goal before Erin Boswell, making her Town debut, dived low to deny Wetherby.
Town looked more relaxed and assured in possession in the second half and Smith headed against the bar after a great first-time cross by Amy Hesselden.
The opener came on the hour, and was against the run of play, with Debra Slater chipping over the onrushing Boswell.
Town began to crank up the pressure and substitute Yasmin Ayub picked out Sweeney, who drilled a shot home.
Ayub and Claire Needham then worked a free-kick into the box, where Debbie Tomlinson headed in the winner.