Royd’s title fate in their own hands after gallant 10 take vital point

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Hebden Royd United drew 1-1 at Ilkley in the West Riding Women’s League on Sunday in their quest for the Division Two title.

Hebden are second, one point ahead of Ilkley, having travelled with 10 players.

Sarah Clegg and Kerry Wheelwright controlled the midfield, providing opportunities for forwards Dani Bedford and Sinead Rice.

Hannah Jones was a constant threat down the left whilst full backs Kathy McMahon and Nikki Adams frustrated the Ilkley wingers.

Centre backs Rebecca McMahon and Grace Rawnsley, although not fully fit, thwarted the lively home attackers and all were ably supported by stand in ‘keeper Nikki Silcox.

Hebden Royd took the lead after 10 minutes. Rice won the ball and advanced, passing to Dani Bedford who turned and volleyed into the net.

Jones missed a chance to double the lead and Ilkley, having failed to take advantage of several corners, equalised on the break through Hope Nichol with Hebden appealing for offside.

In the second half only a few chances were created by either team. Hebden were tiring but looked the more likely to score. Silcox was equal to Ilkley’s long shots.

Oulton are two points clear of Hebden Royd, who have two games left to Oulton’s one.