Women’s football: Millers in five-goal thriller

Dearne & District (white) vs Mexborough (red). Left to right: Nicola Savage, Natasha Carlton and Hollie Clemitshaw challenge as Mexborough 'keeper Hollie Clemitshaw does enough to tip the ball away. Picture: Julian Barker.
Dearne & District (white) vs Mexborough (red). Left to right: Nicola Savage, Natasha Carlton and Hollie Clemitshaw challenge as Mexborough 'keeper Hollie Clemitshaw does enough to tip the ball away. Picture: Julian Barker.

Millers Ladies finished 3-2 home winners over bottom club Westella & Wilerby in the North East League Southern Division, writes Julian Barker.

Nicolle Jepson, Bradie Wild and Briony Pinchess were all on target for Millers who claimed their first points in five games.

Runners-up last season - when they did not do themselves justice in the final against champions Handsworth - Dearne & District are arguably favourites for this season’s Sheffield & Hallam County League Krukowski Cup following the latest round of ties.

Dearne & District, currently second in Division One and a point behind Chesterfield, were clear favourites in their home tie against Mexborough Athletic.

Athletic are new to the league this season and currently second bottom in Division Two and so it proved with an eventual 12-3 victory.

As a contest, the tie was over inside the first quarter with Charlie Holmes (2), Claire McDonald and Nicola Savage giving Dearne a 4-0 advantage.

Steadier finishing would have given Mexborough at least one goal before McDonald’s second from outside the area on the left wing.

Amy Elliott pulled one back when she converted Natasha Carlton’s low cross for an interval score of 5-1.

Perseverance from Abbie Clemitshaw enabled her to edge the ball past home ‘keeper Megan Reece to reduce the arrears three minutes into the second half.

Dearne then underlined their superior status with a scoring burst to increase their advantage to 9-2 by the hour mark. Collette Shelton’s header at a corner proved too powerful for Hollie Clemitshaw in the Mexborough goal. Kayleigh Worrall struck following a centre from McDonald who then completed her hat trick with a chip from the left side of the box.

Dearne captain Jorden Spurr drilled in the ninth through a crowd of players at a corner.

As with her earlier goal, it was sheer doggedness which enabled Clemitshaw to force the ball home for Mexborough’s third after Reece was unable to grasp the ball.

Further goals from Worrall, McDonald and finally Shelton gave a final score which would not have been unexpected, but Mexborough can take credit from a display where they never gave up.