The Vixens picked up their first win of the FAWPL campaign after they beat second place Leicester City Women three-two.
A bright start for Guiseley saw them go ahead just shy of the ten-minute mark. Chantelle O’Hara played a delightful chipped ball over the backline for Jess Heald to run onto. The ‘keeper came but couldn’t clear as Heald put her leg out for the ball to rebound off of and put the traveling side ahead.
The Vixens troubled the Leicester defense with former Foxes player Fiona Worts and Chantelle O’Hara going close but unable to convert their chances.
The home side pulled level just after the half-hour mark. A corner wasn’t cleared properly which allowed Greengrass to fire into the roof of the net and pull one back for the Foxes.
Minutes later a Leicester free-kick was smartly tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Bethan Davies who produced a number of good saves throughout and the sides went into the break level.
Guiseley started the second half bright, attacked with intent and got past the Leicester backline many times.
A defensive slip allowed Leicester through one on one and the opportunity to take the lead for the first time in the game but Davies got down to her left quickly and denied the attacker.
Emily Heckler showed her experience when she picked the ball up in her own half on the counter-attack and dribbled the length of the Leicester half before calmly slotting it home for her first Vixens goal, one which put Guiseley ahead for the second time.
It was almost two in two minutes. Former Leicester player Fiona Worts with a sweetly struck half-volley on the turn was inches away, her shot cannoning off of the crossbar.
Leicester were awarded a penalty when Leigh Dugmore was judged to have been fouled just inside the area. Player of the match Davies stood her ground and saved the resulting kick to keep the Vixens ahead.
The lead was extended with Heckler’s second goal of the afternoon. O’Hara delivered a corner which was cleared up rather than out which allowed Heckler to rise and head it past the ‘keeper.
Leicester pulled one back in the fifth minute of added time but it was just a consolation goal as the Vixens picked up their first three points of the season after a well-disciplined performance and will look to take the momentum into their next game.
Manager Glen Preston: https://soundcloud.com/guiseleyvixens/glen-preston-post-leicester-city
Goalscorer Emily Heckler and goalkeeper Bethan Davies: https://soundcloud.com/guiseleyvixens/emily-heckler-and-bethan-davies-post-leicester-city-women