Vixens Beaten By Table Toppers Stoke

Guiseley Vixens are still on the search for their first league points of the season, losing 4-2 to Stoke City.

Goals from Ella Hartley and Ellie Olds were not enough, as a brace from Faye McCoy and goals from Meg Bower and Ashleigh Hayes wrapped up all three points for the Staffordshire side.

It was a fast tempo game right from the first whistle, Hannah Keryakoplis forcing a save from goalkeeper Bethan Davies and Charlotte Gill misfiring a volley in the first five minutes.

Multiple chances for the Vixens went begging, Hartley and Olds going close on numerous times.

Stoke had half chances too, McCoy firing wide on the half-volley.

Half an hour into the game, Davies produced two fantastic saves in quick succession. The first tipping the ball onto the crossbar from a close-range shot, the second a strong arm to push the ball away from danger.

The away side opened the scoring with their first real opportunity of the half after the referee deemed a Guiseley player to have handled the ball just outside the box. The free-kick was taken and scored by McCoy, who drilled it into the bottom left corner.

Less than ten minutes later and the away side found themselves in a very similar position. A free-kick on the edge of the box for a handball, taken by McCoy. This time she found the bottom right after Davies’ hand wasn’t enough to push to safety.

Guiseley started the second half brightly, pushing for a goal but just lacked the killer finish with Jodie Hunter and Olds going close.

Stoke added a third ten minutes into the half. A rebounded header found its way to Bower on the six-yard box and she put it high to add a third.

Sophie Walton made a fantastic block on the line from a close-range shot to leave the Vixens a fighting chance and minutes later Hartley got a goal back.

Griffiths making a run to the edge of the box before smartly switching play across to the other side, Hartley who took a touch and fired past Wright.

Seven minutes later Guiseley scored again. Sheer persistence from Charlotte Gill won her ball on the edge of the Stoke box. She laid the ball back to Olds who shifted it smartly to her right foot and curled it around Wright. Game on.

Guiseley were knocking on the door, Hartley going close with a header.

Stoke sealed the win in the 83rd minute, Ashleigh Hayes scoring moments after she came on, poking home a rebound.

An injury-filled second half saw ten minutes of additional time being played where the Vixens had chances, the pick of the bunch saw Mercy Darkoah fire over from close range.

The attention now switches to Wednesday night where Guiseley are away to Bradford City in league action.

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