York City Ladies’ unbeaten run continues in the fifth tier of women’s football, after their 6-0 win over Sunderland West End Ladies at the weekend.
The Minsterbelles sit at the top of the North East Regional Women’s Football league, being the only unbeaten team. York ended Sunderland’s unbeaten status in a fashion, proving why they are this year’s favourites.
Sunderland’s team responded to York’s win with strong character saying: “Well played guys, see you at our place in the New Year.” York City Ladies has the highest goal difference in the league and the Minsterbelles fared better over the weekend then The Minstermen, who drew in their FA Cup game.
York Ladies struck early in the game. Shannon Durkin poked one in after seven minutes and not long after, Sophie Tinson scored a headed goal before her outstanding finish on the 15 minute mark.
York had a 3-0 lead at half time, taking the form into the second. Rebecca Fevers added the fourth goal not long after kick-off and following the momentum, Joanne Symington volleyed the ball to the back of the net in the 64th minute. In the embers of the game, Sophie Tinson completed a perfect hattrick to see a goalless Sunderland off.
Earlier this month, York’s skipper Nikki Brown set her sights on what would be “one of the best achievements of my career”. The skipper set the standard by saying: “If we can keep the squad together, keep the size of the squad, with the players we’ve got then I think we’ll be in good contention for winning the league.”
Whilst being the current invincibles, York Ladies are exceeding the skipper’s expectations of the squad. York will be hoping to take their league form into the FA Cup Third Round Qualifying round. Hosting Newcastle United Women this coming weekend, kick off will be at 14:00 at Haxby Road.
Newcastle sit third in the Women’s National League Division One, one league above York. Nevertheless, York’s men proved a difference in leagues does not always guarantee victory in the FA Cup, giving York Ladies every chance to progress if they take their current form to the difficult match up.