Seventh heaven for Hebden Ladies

IN an exciting game, Republica International Leeds Ladies took the lead over Hebden Royd United Ladies FC after 10 minutes with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.

But within three minutes Rebecca Payne got her first, pressurising the keeper into a mistake and tapping the ball in. Great approach play down the left between Evie Brooksbank and Hazel Lockwood saw Lockwood then lob the keeper to see Hebden 2-1 up.

Two minutes later the same players linked up with Payne and her lay-off was perfectly slotted in by Lockwood.

A rare attacking movement by Republica saw the ball driven home to make it 3-2.

Payne then got her second of the day with a fierce shot beating the keeper.

Some confusion in Hebden’s defence saw the ball not cleared and gifted to the away attacker to make it 4-3.

Payne then got her hat trick a minute from half-time with a low hard drive to the keeper’s right. The first half finished 5-3 to Hebden.

Five minutes into the second half a looping cross by Tina Mellor was controlled by Payne and she slotted home her fourth.

Hebden’s substitute keeper Paula Statham then dived full length to save a shot but was unable to stop the rebound.

Payne hit the woodwork and moments later captain Sarah Clegg hit a half volley to make it 7-4.

It was a fine team performance by Hebden Royd, who next week travel away to Northowram.

The previous week Hebden Royd lost 2 - 1 at Farsley Celtic Ladies, who were eager to avenge an earlier defeat by Hebden.

The visitors opened the scoring, Payne putting the ball home when one on one with the keeper.

The home side though hit back with a goal to keep it level at half-time.

In the second half match fitness showed in Farsley’s favour as Hebden rarely got out of their own half.

They held on until five minutes from the end and then conceded the winning goal, when a draw would probably have been a fair result.