I don’t watch Middlesbrough Women all that often. The only time I’ve watched them recently was in the reverse fixture of this earlier in the season at Eppleton. There has been a couple of weekends when they’ve been at home and neither Durham or Sunderland have, but I haven’t bothered having a look down. Tonight was actually the first time I’ve watched Middlesbrough since they moved to Billingham Town. I visited them two or three times when they were playing at Thornaby. One thing that surprised me tonight was the admission prices. They were charging a fiver to get in. Compared to other clubs at that level and even higher, it is rather steep. After today, I may get to Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night, but I’ll definitely be at Easington Colliery on Saturday and Sunderland Ladies on Sunday.
Middlesbrough Women and Sunderland Ladies share points in Tees-Wear Derby
Middlesbrough Women and Sunderland Ladies shared the Tees-Wear Derby points with a 3-3 draw at Bedford Terrace on Wednesday night.
Bridget Galloway put Sunderland ahead in only the sixth minute, but Holly Manders pulled the hosts level just three minutes later.
Galloway regained Sunderland’s lead soon after, and Niamh McLaughlin doubled Sunderland’s advantage halfway through the first half.
Emma Kelly’s stunning strike halved Middlesbrough’s deficit, and Manders’ second of the evening ensured Middlesbrough took a point.
Sunderland’s lead came through the first real chance. Katie Barker drilled a low ball towards the back post and Galloway was there to convert.
Despite Sunderland’s perfect start, Middlesbrough equalised with their first real opportunity. Manders tried her luck with an effort from the edge of the penalty area, and it found a way under Allison Cowling and into the net.
Rebekah Bass then had an effort saved by Cowling, before Eleanor Dale fired wide for the hosts.
In the 19th minute, Sunderland regained their lead. Anna Young’s low cross took a slight deflection to find Galloway, and she fired high into the net.
Only three minutes later, Sunderland’s lead was doubled. Keira Ramshaw’s inswinging corner found Mollie Lambert. She directed a header towards goal, and McLaughlin was there to help it into the net from four yards.
On the half hour mark, Ramshaw picked out Anna Young for Sunderland, but her effort was saved.
Bass then fired narrowly over at the other end, before Middlesbrough halved the deficit in the 33rd minute with the pick of the goals. It was a superb 30-yard strike from Kelly which clipped the crossbar on its way in.
With the final chance of the first half, Megan Beer and Galloway linked up to find Ramshaw. The Sunderland skipper tried her luck from an acute angle, but her effort darted narrowly over.
Boro had a big chance to pull level inside the opening minute of the second half, but there were to pull level in the 53rd minute though. It didn’t come without controversy though. Amelia Kemp was blatantly tripped in her own penalty area, but the assistant referee, saying the trip was ‘accidental’, allowed play to continue. Now in on goal, an initial Middlesbrough effort was saved, but Manders headed home the rebound.
Having pulled level, Middlesbrough went in search of a fourth goal, but they didn’t really create any clear-cut chances. Tyler Dodds and Kelly forced comfortable saves from Cowling, but that was about it.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Kemp and Ramshaw both failed to find the target with efforts.
As the second half wore on, both sides seemed to have small spells of pressure, but nothing came from them.
Late on, Bass fired wide for Middlesbrough, before Dodds drilled an effort that just say evaded the far top corner.
That proved to be that, and the points were shared.
Full-time: Middlesbrough Women 3-3 Sunderland Ladies
Next up for me is possibly Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Kemp, Beer (Gibson, 51′), Potts (Warren, 46′), McCatty, Young, Lambert, McLaughlin (Farrugia, 73′), Ramshaw (c), Galloway, Barker
Unused subs: Stonehouse, Stewart
Admission: £5 adults, don’t know about concessions
Cheeseburger and chips: £4
Referee: Lucy Oliver