Winning Ladies take full control

The proverbial game of two halves ended with Sheffield Hallam Ladies out-gunning fellow promotion hopefuls Durham University.

Decisive goalkeeping from Tiff Berry kept her side in the hunt while Nicola Cox was outstanding in midfield but the turning point came a minute before the break when Sophie Elsworth’s shot was partially saved by the keeper and Alex Busk Wood snapped up the rebound.

The second half was in complete contrast as Hallam took control and doubled their lead when youngster Tori Wensley, recently returned from playing in the Futures Cup for the Pennine Pumas, gathered the ball near the half way line, went past two defenders and crossed it to Busk Wood at the top of the circle who cracked home a first time shot.

Kath Hughes maintained her goal-a-game ratio with a trade mark near post penalty corner tap-in to complete a 3-0 victory.

They look to add to their goals for column on Saturday when they travel to third-bottom Brooklands Poynton Seconds who have scored only four goals but conceded 35 - nine of them to leaders Ben Rhydding last weekend.

The long wait is over for the second team as they claimed their first Yorkshire Premier win of the season, a 4-3 triumph over Boston Spa. In a goal-happy opening 20 minutes, Hallam rattled in three courtesy of a double from Sandy Lockley and one from Rebecca Lee. Boston then bagged three of their own to level it up but two minutes from time Olivia Rawlinson slotted home the all-important winner.