Ladies Suffer First Loss of Season

On Sunday Guiseley AFC Vixens travelled to play against Chorley Ladies FC, a side who traditionally finish in the top few places in the league.

The game always looked like the most difficult fixture so far this season and so it proved to be.

Unusually Guiseley started slowly and fell a goal behind in the 6th minute when pacey Chorley winger Scarlett Smith fired an unstoppable shot into the corner of the Guiseley goal.

On an extremely small pitch Guiseley worked themselves back into the game and Sarah Hobson was unlucky to see her 20 yard shot cannon back off the crossbar.

Chorley also continued to create chances but some excellent goalkeeping from Danni Maslin together with several last ditch defensive blocks kept the score at 1-0.

On 41 minutes Guiseley drew level when Louise Stringer made a strong run down the right and crossed for Becky Kendell to score her first goal for Guiseley.

At half-time Guiseley were probably fortunate to be level but knew they could play much better.

In the second half Guiseley started to take control of the game and only a combination of extremely good goalkeeping from Chorley’s Joanne Phillips, including a miraculous double save from leading scorer Tanya Rich, kept the scores level.

Chorley however were always dangerous on the break and with only 4 minutes remaining disaster struck for Guiseley when a shot from Chorley striker Samantha Cadwallader from the edge of the penalty area struck the inside of the post and rolled into the goal.

Guiseley threw everything at Chorley in an attempt to salvage a draw but were unable to force an equaliser and suffered their first defeat of the season.

Team: D Maslin, C Blythe, K Welham, E Coates, L Whitton, (E Watson), L Stringer (B Smith) , M Walsh, S Hobson (A Barr), S Legge, T Rich, B Kendell.