Ladies are joint leaders as skipper heads in late winner

ANOTHER difficult away fixture saw Hebden Royd travel to the Armley area of Leeds and maybe they did wait till the last minute to play their get out of jail card.

Another bright start saw them score after three minutes.

Strong attacking play from Hanna Jones was supported by Ruth Woodhead, who scored from close range.

Jones then saw her own effort go wide 10 minutes later.

Hebden were attacking well but were caught on the break to bring the score level.

On the half hour Hazel Lockwood’s well taken corner deceived the keeper and sailed straight in.

Republica pressed on and hit the bar but then with five minutes to half time Lockwood received the ball from Grace Rawnsley and beat the keeper.

Lockwood hit the post minutes later to deprive her of a hat trick.

At half time Hebden were leading 3-1 and well ahead in the possession rights.

Heavy rain greeted the second half and in the space of 15 minutes Hebden hit the self destruct button.

Republica scored three goals in quick succession all on the break and one possibly should have been called offside.

At 4-3 down heads did drop. Hebden were affected by the weather and when the sun began to shine again so did they.

On the 68th minute Becca Payne won the ball on the halfway line right wing and began an individual run that saw her beat three defenders then the keeper to level at 4-4.

Hebden finished the stronger of the two sides with Payne and Cobham going close.

With a minute to go Hebden were awarded a free kick and Lockwood’s cross was met by captain Sarah Clegg, who headed strongly into the bottom corner.

Republica only had enough time to restart the game to hear the final whistle blow.

It was a well deserved win for Hebden, who are now joint top of the league with Pontefract.

Hebden Royd Ladies’ new look side are combining well and Sunday sees their first home game against Tingley Athletic.

They welcome interest from new players over 16 years of age at the ground at Luddenden Foot from 2pm.