Although I hadn’t seen many of the teams in the Women’s National League North before this season, Guiseley Vixens were one of the few that I had seen before. I watched Guiseley Vixens away to Durham Women in a pre-season friendly in August 2017. Durham won 7-0 that day at Maiden Castle. This game today was my 122nd of the season and I’ve still got next weekend’s Scottish groundhop to come. I think I’m on track to finish somewhere between 155 and 160 for the season which wouldn’t be a bad tally.
Sunderland Ladies claim three points against Guiseley
Sunderland Ladies picked up another three points with a 4-1 win over Guiseley Vixens at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.
Bridget Galloway, Niamh McLaughlin, Keira Ramshaw and Grace McCatty were all on target for Sunderland, while Sophie Walton netted a late free-kick for the visitors.
The result means Sunderland remain 10 points behind leaders Blackburn Rovers, who grabbed a narrow win against Hull City Ladies.
Sunderland’s first real chance led to the first goal. Katie Barker burst down the wing before her low cross found Galloway who tucked the ball home from close range.
Galloway then fired over for Sunderland after being picked out by Ramshaw, before the Lady Black Cats doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Ramshaw curled a pinpoint cross to the back post, and McLaughlin was there to head home.
Two early goals had put Sunderland firmly in control and they continued to create chances. Charlotte Potts, on her final game before a move to Canada, fired a free-kick over, while Galloway and Ramshaw both forced saves from Bethan Davies.
Guiseley’s first half chance came through Olivia Auker in the 26th minute, but her effort was saved by Allison Cowling.
The visitors were attacking at points in the first half, but it was Sunderland who were creating the chances.
Galloway went close again for the hosts, before Ramshaw made it three-nil. Faye Mullen’s low cross picked out the Sunderland skipper, whose effort went through Davies’ legs and into the net.
Monika Stube fired well wide for Guiseley before the break.
Following the break, Sunderland went in search of a fourth. Ramshaw fired narrowly over after a quick one-two with McLaughlin, before Galloway had an effort saved by Davies.
Ramshaw was next to go close, before Milly Ash fired wide for the visitors.
Mollie Lambert and Ramshaw both had further efforts for Sunderland, before Stube fired well over again.
Following a slight quiet period, Sunderland continued to go in search of a fourth. Within the space of a couple of 74th minute seconds, Ramshaw had two efforts blocked and Galloway also had a shot blocked.
Ramshaw then had an effort deflected just wide, before a good save from Davies prevented Barker.
In the 87th minute, Sunderland finally scored their fourth. A corner was cleared as far as McCatty whose dipping volley found the corner.
However, Guiseley were to score a consolation. Walton, a former Doncaster Rovers Belles and Notts County midfielder, curled a wide free-kick into the penalty area. Her wind assisted ball curled towards the far corner and dipped over Cowling to drop into the net.
There was to be one more chance for the visitors. Maria Ledezma was in on goal, but Cowling produced a good save. Cowling also saved Lauren Griffiths’ rebound.
Despite a couple of late chances, there was to be no comeback and Sunderland took the points.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 4-1 Guiseley Vixens
Next up for me is Sunderland RCA vs North Shields on Tuesday night.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Mullen (Young, 68′), Potts, McCatty, Hutchinson (Skull, 85′), Lambert, Farrugia (Gibson, 68′), Ramshaw (c), Barker, McLaughlin, Galloway
Unused sub: Warren
Guiseley Vixens: Davies, Stanfield, Ciesielski (Ash, 46′), Gill, Fuller (c), Hunter, Auker (Stube, 26′), Walton, Casper (Hunt, 70′), Griffiths, Ledezma
No unused subs
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Attendance: About 130
Referee: Craig Chatten