Lady Clarets march on in the cup

Leah Hart scored with a towering header. Picture:  Jenny Morton
Leah Hart scored with a towering header. Picture: Jenny Morton

Burnley FC Ladies marched into the next round of the Lancashire Challenge Cup with a 3-1 win over Wythenshawe.

The lady Clarets dominated for long periods but a combination of wayward finishing and heroic goalkeeping limited the margin of victory.

In windy conditions, Burnley struggled to impose their fluent passing game on the opposition, although left back Emily Wilkinson dribbled past two defenders before shooting narrowly over.

On the opposite flank, Charlotte Hartley and Becca Sidley combined to create an opportunity for Justin Wallace, but the striker’s low shot was well saved.

Burnley deservedly grabbed the lead on the half-hour. Hartley chased a hopeful ball, outpaced her marker and swung in a superb ball for Wallace to head home.

The lady Clarets almost extended their lead before the interval when Katie Pollard went clear only to be thwarted by the brave keeper.

Burnley’s dominance continued in the second half, an instinctive strike from Becky Hayton requiring a fingertip save. From the resulting corner, centre back Leah Hart rose highest to power in a header from eight yards.

In the 70th minute, a pass from Jo Rohman put Hayton through on goal, but the keeper saved, though the corner was deftly converted from close range by Hartley.

In the last 10 minutes, a breakaway led to a consolation goal for Wythenshawe.

Burnley return to league action on Sunday when they host Blackpool Wren Rovers at Barden, kick-off 2 p.m.

The ladies’ Development team maintained their 100% record by beating Blackburn Community Reserves, 5-1 with goals from Bryony Bancroft (2), Charlotte Coates, Natalie Bell and Simone Keating.