Vixens through to County Cup Semi-Final

 

Leeds Ladies 1 – 2 Guiseley Vixens 

Guiseley Vixens are through to the semi-finals of the West Riding FA Women’s County Cup after beating Leeds Ladies 2-1.

The scoring was opened in the 12th minute when Liz White whipped a ball into the box and Sarah Danby kept her composure to slot the ball past the ‘keeper. 

In the move Leeds ‘keeper Aimee Routledge took a knock and had to be substituted by outfield player Eden Pedersen. 

Both teams had good spells of possession after this but Guiseley made the most of theirs. Liv Thackray played a fantastic weighted ball through to the feet of White who was pulled to the ground as she made her way into the box. 

Danby stepped up to put the resultant penalty past the stand-in ‘keeper for her second goal.

Leeds pulled one back in the second-half when a long range effort from Helen Wagstaff found its way into the top corner of Beth Seasman’s goal. 

The Vixens held off for the rest of the game and  emerged 2-1 winners. 

After the game, manager Glen Preston said: “I’m really pleased we won the match. It’s one of the first games this season where we have hung on by a thread. 

“Fortunately we rode the storm and we got through it. We have to take into consideration its our first game for two months and we had players who are injured and had players who are cup tied but all things considered I am pleased at how we ground out the victory today.” 

Keegan Lambert played her first minutes back in the first team since an injury which has ruled her out for almost three months. 

She said: “I am so happy to be back playing after injury, especially back helping the first team win and progressing with my rehab, getting stronger and back to how I was before injury.”

Words by Oliver Coultas
Photo: Alex Daniel

The Development squad were also in action as they travelled to first place Flyde Ladies Development. After losing the season’s top scorer, Demi Wisher to injury after half an hour, the girls battled with 10 players to a 6-1 defeat. Ikra Ali scored the only goal.