Hartlepool United Ladies moved joint top of the North East Regional Women’s League with an impressive 1-0 triumph over title rivals Blyth Town Lions on Sunday.
Andy Stuart’s girls followed up their 7-1 destruction of Cramlington United last weekend with a professional performance against Blyth at Grayfields Enclosure.
Pools were on the front foot quickly and began playing some good football, using their width and causing their visitors some problems.
And it was a flowing move down the right flank which led to the breakthrough for Pools as Jess Dawson crept off the wing to perfectly lob the keeper to make it 1-0.
Pools went on to dominate possession and created a number of good opportunities in the second half but could not find the killer second goal due to a combination of poor finishing and determined defending.
The visitors pressed their claims for a leveller towards the end of the contest but when they finally found a way through the Pools defence, keeper Abbie Marshall pulled off a fine save to protect the lead.
“It was a tough game with a lot at stake against last season’s runners-up,” admitted Stuart afterwards.
“However, I thought the girls performed well on the day and we deserved our victory in the end so now we have to keep on building on that in the coming weeks.
“We’ll get back to work on the training round and focus on trying to be more ruthless in front of goal because we need to take our chances and kill teams off.”
The Ladies are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Prudhoe Town Ladies in the second qualifying round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
Hartlepool United Ladies 1 Blyth Town Lions 0Full Time:
Marshall, Leigh-Shaw, Garside, Smith, Bates, Robinson (Freeman 70), Wilson (Rowbotham 55), Bartlett (Barr 55), Pye (Biggs 70), Portas (Crossman 46), Dawson.