Guiseley Vixens picked up their first three points of the season last night; away at neighbours Bradford City Women.
In a game they controlled from start to finish, the Vixens ran out 7-1 winners with seven different scorers getting themselves on the scoresheet.
The scoring was opened very early on. Ella Hartley being played through, before rounding the ‘keeper and calmly putting it home into an empty net.
Hartley was forced off two minutes later under a heavy challenge, being replaced by Liv Auker.
Just over ten minutes later Guiseley almost doubled their lead. Sophie Walton fizzed in a corner, and it found its way to defender Jodie Hunter, whose half-volley could only rattle the crossbar.
At this stage Guiseley had settled well into the game, denying Bradford any real efforts on goal and making them resort to long shots.
Guiseley remained on the attack. Mercy Darkoah and Ellie Olds going close on occasions but not finding the target.
The lead was double in the 34th minute. Olds netting her second goal in as many games, this time coming via a glancing header.
Bradford pulled back what turned out to be a consolation goal a minute later. A defensive error allowed Keegan Lambert to half the deficit for the home side.
They grew into the game more but still didn’t show any end product.
The best of their chances came from Rosie Gill who charged into the box but Eleanor Ciesielski made a fantastic recovery tackle to force the shot from a tight angle which went straight at goalkeeper Bethan Davies.
Much like the first, there was an injury early on in the second half. Lambert being forced off just five minutes in.
The Vixens started the half like they ended the first, attacking with intent.
Shirley Murphy got her marching orders on 60 minutes for hand-balling captain Alarna Fuller’s header off of the line.
Walton stepped up and dispatched a cool penalty into the bottom left corner to restore the two-goal lead.
From here the floodgates opened with four goals in eight minutes.
A quick free-kick was intercepted by Darkoah who turned on the skill. With her quick feet, she went around two players and shot from a very tight angle and found the back of the net via the post.
Darkoah turned provider minutes later. Her inch-perfect cross was tucked away calmly by Auker to make it five.
A sixth was added by Fuller two minutes after. Her free header from in the box being directed into the corner of the goal and out of the reach of the ‘keeper.
The game was put well and truly to bed ten minutes from time.
Fast thinking from Lauren Griffiths kept a Guiseley attack alive, and her ball across the six-yard box was put home by former bantam Kirstie Hunt.
The Vixens will hope to continue this form as they host Nottingham Forest Ladies at home on Sunday.