Pools Women stormed up to second place in the NERWFL PremierDivision table with an impressive 3-1 win at Ossett United on Sunday afternoon.
Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes' in-form side have now won four in a
row in the league to move within four points of leaders Harrogate Town, on whomthey still have three games in hand.
A heavy pitch at Ingfield Stadium made things difficult for
both sides on Sunday and it was Ossett who began the brighter, striking theunderside of the cross bar with an early effort on goal.
However, Pools reacted quickly and immediately broke upfield
and the ball was worked in to the path of Kate Hampson who hit an outrageous
shot from thirty yards which dipped over the goalkeeper and in to the farcorner of the net for 1-0.
Pools drew confidence from the early breakthrough and piled
on more pressure, with Jenny Duffy-Smith swinging in several corners to testthe home side's defence.
The hosts withstood the barrage and struck back on 11
minutes when the home striker raced through on goal and finished clinically pastkeeper Becks Lillystone.
Justine Robinson saw two efforts go narrowly over as Pools
looked to recover the lead and they grabbed their second goal on 25 minutes asskipper Robinson made it third time lucky with a neat finish in to the net.
Robinson could even have extended the advantage further moments
later when she skilfully flicked the ball over two Ossett defenders' headsbefore pushing her shot just wide.
Ossett hit the woodwork again nine minutes before half-time
but Pools held their lead until the break and knew they had plenty of workahead to protect it in the second half.
Fortunately, things became a little more comfortable just
before the hour-mark when Robyn Foster's brilliant cross was deflected in tothe net by an Ossett defender to make it 3-1 to Pools.
Sav Robson could have made it 4-1 but fired just over, while
Hampson came close to getting her second of the afternoon but was denied by asmart save from the keeper.
Ossett threw caution to the wind during the closing stages
and pinned Pools back but Gibbon-Hayes' side held firm and saw the game out tocollect three more crucial points.
“That was a huge win on the road for us,” Gibbon-Hayesadmitted afterwards.
“Ossett played some good football and caused us some
problems on a really heavy pitch but the girls showed great character becauseyou could see last weekend's game had taken a lot out of them.
“We had to change shape towards the end because of Ossett's
domination but we defended well as a team to protect our lead and get theresult we needed.
“A special mention must go to Kate Hampson who has reallystepped up this season and her goal to open the scoring was just incredible.”
Full Time: Ossett United 1 Pools 3
Pools: Lillystone, Bartlett, Stuart, Duffy-Smith, Hanratty, Rowbotham, Robson, Ingram (Gutcher 72), Robinson, Foster (Hammond-Garrington 66), Hampson.