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Women's Match Reports

Women: Season Opener Ends In Defeat

4 September 2023

Women's Match Reports

Women: Season Opener Ends In Defeat

4 September 2023

Hartlepool United Women got off to a frustrating start to their 2023/24 season, losing 5-3 to Spennymoor Town in a pulsating affair at Grayfields. Despite twice going ahead, a tough last half hour cost Pools the points.

A repeat of last year's opening fixture and a game between two recently promoted sides, the tie was always set up to provide entertainment and both teams went at it right from the first whistle. Spennymoor had the first shot of the game through Caitlin Bates but Pools keeper Lauren Ranson was equal to it.

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute. Some strong midfield play between Anya Geary and Lauren Gray played in Steph Bilcliff and the Pools forward slid the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

The visitors turned the game on its head through two set pieces. Ranson had done well to deny Bates's 25 yard piledriver from finding the top corner but from the resulting corner, Bates whipped a delivery towards the back post that went all the way in.

Spennymoor took the lead in the 37th minute. Bates again swung another delivery in which was guided in by Alice Welch-Davison.

Pools weren't downhearted for long and were level within three minutes. A quickly taken throw-in from Bilcliff played in Geary and set up Foster to slide home the equaliser.

After the break, Pools picked up where they had left off and went ahead in the 53rd minute. Zara Johnson played Robyn Foster through on goal and the Pools number seven made no mistake to finish and put her side 3-2 ahead.

As the second half wore on, the visitors gained more momentum and quickly found yet another equaliser. A shot from distance was spilled and Katy Hemmingway poked in a rebound from close range.

Spennymoor took the lead in the 74th minute. After Hartlepool failed to clear their lines, Courtney Mole struck from just inside the area to put Spennymoor in front.

Three minutes later and the visitors had all but sealed the victory. A 30 yard strike from Hemmingway flew into the top corner and consigned Pools to an opening day defeat.

Craig Bage's side did still have chances and could count themselves a little unlucky not to have reduced the deficit. Zara Johnson saw a shot saved late on and an injury time Atalia Robinson effort rattled the Spennymoor crossbar.


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