It’s never ideal, but it’s always just about doable to get to both games when Durham and Sunderland are both at home. That’s presuming Durham kicks-off at 12 and Sunderland is at 2. With the injury in the first half at Durham, I left a couple of minutes early to get to this game in time. In total contrast to Aston Villa, I had never seen Bradford City Women before today. In the upcoming midweek, there is a really lack of games. I don’t think I’ll get to a game, but I will try to get to one. Unless there is a friendly arranged that is local to me, I might make a trip to Consett but that’s definitely not guaranteed. With their being fewer teams in the Northern League this year (because of Team Northumbria, Blyth and Jarrow Roofing folding) there are fewer midweek games to go to!
Sunderland hit double figures in Bradford win
Sunderland Ladies scored 10 as they thrashed Bradford City Women 10-1 at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.
Keira Ramshaw collected her hat-trick for Sunderland, while Grace McCatty, Bridget Galloway and Mollie Lambert collected a brace each.
Emily Hutchinson was the other scorer for Sunderland as the Lady Black Cats ran riot.
To be fair to Bradford, they did score with their only shot of the game as Falone Sumaili finished well in the 79th minute.
However, the result was never in doubt.
It took Sunderland less than five minutes to open the scoring. Galloway’s initial effort was blocked and looped up into the air. When it fell, McCatty was first there to stab the ball beyond Aimee Routledge and into the net.
In only the seventh minute, it was two-nil. Galloway drove forward before cutting in and shooting. Her effort was saved by Routledge, but the ‘keeper could only push the ball into the path of Hutchinson who had a simple finish to double Sunderland’s advantage.
Amelia Kemp was next to go close for Sunderland, before a couple of corners for the hosts came to nothing.
Ramshaw then had a header cleared off the line in the 18th minute, before the Sunderland skipper had another effort well saved.
In the 22nd minute, Hutchinson played Galloway in for Sunderland. However, her effort was saved at the second attempt.
Georgia Gibson, Galloway and Ramshaw both had further efforts come to nothing, before Sunderland made it three with a 29th minute penalty. Khloe Cooper was penalised for a foul on Galloway who dusted herself down to take responsibility from the 12 yards. She confidentially slotted home and the win was already sealed.
In the 36th minute, Sunderland got their fourth. Ramshaw drilled a free-kick towards the back post, and McCatty lost her marker to guide the ball into the net.
Galloway, Gibson, Ramshaw and Lambert all had chances come to nothing in the final five minutes of the first half.
Lambert fired just over in the opening seconds of the second half, but it was still only in the 47th minute when Sunderland scored their fifth. Galloway was played in and her cool finish found the net.
A sixth was soon in following as Ramshaw drilled a low 22-yard free-kick into the bottom corner.
And, still only in the 53rd minute, Sunderland scored a seventh. Katie Barker’s perfectly timed run saw her drive down the wing. Her pullback found Lambert whose clever dinked finish made it seven.
In the 55th minute, Ramshaw got her second. Great work from Galloway beat two defenders and she teed up Ramshaw who did the rest.
When Bradford did get the ball forward, Sumaili was holding it up well, but she was eventually dispossessed with few options on.
Lambert fired over as Sunderland looked for a ninth, but that ninth did come in the 59th minute. It was a beautiful strike from Lambert as her 25-yard dipping effort lobbed the ‘keeper and found the top corner.
A fine save prevented a well struck first time Ramshaw effort in the 63rd minute, before two goalline clearances prevented Galloway twice.
Another Galloway effort could have seen her secure her hat-trick in the 64th minute. Louise Griffiths’ cross found Galloway, but it bounced off her knee and trickled narrowly wide.
Ramshaw was then denied, but she was to get her hat-trick in the 72nd minute with Sunderland’s 10th. Galloway broke forward and worked the ball out to Ramshaw who drilled an effort into the far bottom corner.
Barker almost got in on the act when she fired narrowly over for Sunderland.
In the 79th minute, with their first shot, Bradford pulled one back. Sumaili broke through the defence and her cool finish slotting the ball past the onrushing Allison Cowling.
Sunderland finished the game with 10 men as Anna Young went off having picked up a knock.
Gibson had a late effort saved by Routledge, and that proved to be the last chance.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 10-1 Bradford City Women
Next up for me is hopefully a game midweek.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Griffiths (Skull, 77′), Young, McCatty, Kemp, Gibson, Lambert (Atkinson, 71′), Ramshaw (c) (McLaughlin, 77′), Hutchinson, Barker, Galloway
Unused subs: Stonehouse, Warren
Bradford City Women: Routledge, Cooper, Clark (Dunlop, 70′), Shuttleworth, Jakeman (c), Sales (Durrant, 34′), Moulden, Norde, Omboyi, Donnan (Wright, 70′), Sumaili
No unused subs
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Geoff Mann