Guiseley Vixens recorded their first win of the season, beating Chester-le-Street 4-2 in the FAWNL Cup.
Liv Auker bagged herself two goals on her first start for the club. Ellie Olds and Sophie Walton netted the others, Walton’s goal being her first for Guiseley.
Guiseley kicked off the scoring early on. Auker dribbled past three players on the edge of the box, leaving them stranded and calmly put it past goalkeeper Robyn Parker to put the home side 1-0 up after just ten minutes.
The Vixens kept the pressure up, with Eleanor Ciesielski and Auker going close.
Just over five minutes after the first goal, the lead was doubled. Lauren Griffiths played through Olds who smartly went around the ‘keeper and rolled it home for two.
A goal against the run of play soon after meant Guiseley couldn’t relax. A ball over the top was met by the striker who put it just out of the reach of Bethan Davies, halving the deficit.
Guiseley had some great chances to restore the two goal cushion. The pick of the bunch being Old’s half volley which the ‘keeper came out to meet and saved well.
Just after the half hour mark the goal finally came. Ciesielski delivered another inch perfect cross to Auker who adjusted her body well and audaciously attempted a bicycle kick, sending the ball into the bottom corner. Fantastic skill.
Chester-le-Street managed to pull another goal back just before half-time. A looping cross was put into the box, before being bundled in to give the away side some hope for the second half.
The second half saw the Vixens control the tempo of the game, keeping possession and not forcing and opportunities.
Beth Stanfield had a free-kick near the edge of the box, but her low drive was saved well by Parker.
Lauren Griffiths went close when Walton pulled a corner short to her. The shot unfortunately going just over from a tight angle.
The game was put beyond the reach of Chester-le-Street late on. Charlotte Gill cheekily played a back heel to Walton who dribbled into the box and smartly chipped the keeper, the ball kissing the crossbar as it went over the line.
The Vixens now turn their attention back to the league where they take on Stoke City Ladies at home.
Photo Alex Daniel