Vixens outfoxed as ladies return in style

Janet Dawson celebrates her goal
Janet Dawson celebrates her goal
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Chorley Ladies finally returned to action after an extended Christmas break defeating Leeds City Vixens 4-1.

The fixture was the ladies first of 2014 in the Northern Women’s Combination League but the hosts showed no pitch rust thrashing their Yorkshire


On a brisk day, the rain continued to pour but Chorley relished the opportunity to take to the field and started the game at a high intense pace.

And the intense pace showed as Chorley took the lead through Ali Hindley.

After Sarah Berry and Vicky Coope exchanged passes, Hindley was on hand to slot the ball home and give the hosts a deserved lead.

But against the run-of-play and with help from the strong winds Leeds hit back after taking advantage of a long ball over the top.

Chorley continued to press with Kathy Bonner having a chance and Coope having a goal chalked off for offside.

Manager Roger Leigh rallied his troops at the half-time break insisting his side could go on and win the game.

And Leigh’s rallying call had an impact as Chorley came out the starting blocks firing with Natalie Parry causing all sorts of problems.

It was a Parry corner than saw Chorley regain the lead as her curling ball found the head of Berry who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.

Despite being behind, Leeds sat back and absorbed the Chorley pressure.

But there is only so much pressure a side can take and after a Kay Unsworth through ball, Olivia Millington headed home.

A confident and content Chorley side started to enjoy their football and the passing became increasingly fluent.

Within the final 10 minutes, the fitness and ability between the sides was highlighted and Chorley had their 15th corner of the match

Parry took a different approach and floated the ball to the back post, Danni Toward rose and the keeper palmed it out to Janet Dawson, who placed the ball into the top of the net and sealed the win.