Single strike from ice cold Ruth gives Ladies victory

Ruth Harrison, of Chorley Ladies

Ruth Harrison, of Chorley Ladies

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Blustery weather conditions didn’t deter Chorley Ladies from putting in a fine performance to defeat struggling Norton and Stockton.

A solitary strike from Ruth Harrison – her fourth in three games – was enough to seal the points for Chorley.

The victory puts Chorley third in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division On just four points off leaders Liverpool Vixens.

The Ladies travelled North East to find ice cold conditions. As the game kicked off the wind proved a major factor and it dictated the style of play throughout the game.

Chorley played into the wind in the first half, and astute defending took them up to the interval on level terms.

After a half-time break which mainly saw the Ladies do their best to warm up, they came out in determined frame of mind and shortly after the hour, Sam Cadwallader went on a winding run, her pass found Harrison and she slid home to give Chorley the lead.

Norton piled the pressure on and were sure they could find an equaliser.

But Saskia Bowes and Janet Dawson alongside Kerry Bergin and Ellie Hilton remained strong and Chorley headed back to Lancashire with a deserved three points.

On Sunday, Chorley welcome fifth placed Mossley Hill to Charnock Richard.

Chorley Ladies : Jennifer Doherty, Ellie Hilton, Ruth Harrison, Janet Dawson (c), Kerry Bergin, Kathy Bonner, Natalie Parry, Saskia Bowes, Gabriella DiFalco, Sam Cadwallader, Vicky Coope.