Women's Football

Burnley Women 3 Derby Ladies 2

Two goals by Levi Rathburn and a penalty converted by Sarah Greenhalgh in the 87th minute gave the Clarets a hard earned victory against Derby Ladies in the Clarets inaugural game in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division 1.
Sarah Greenhalgh converts the penalty

Two goals by new signing Levi Rathburn and a late Sarah Greenhalgh penalty gave Burnley FC Women a hard earned but deserved win in an epic game against a tough Derby County Ladies team on the opening day of the season.

The Clarets women had to claw back from a two goal first half deficit inflicted by the then dominant Derby County Ladies to turn the tide of the game and achieve a momentous start to the season.

During the summer, first team manager Matt Bee significantly refreshed the squad and achieved a successful pre-season run of games. However, the challenge presented by Derby County who finished last season in joint second place on points, presented a difficult test and potentially calamitous result.

The midlands side had added seven new faces to the squad, including experienced FA Women’s Championship midfielder Ellie Gilliatt, setting a tough challenge for the clarets. However, the Burnley side dug deep to secure the three points.

Burnley FC Women First Team Manager, Matt Bee said: “It’s a big three points against a side who are certainly up there.

“Derby had good build up play leading to their goals, but I think we grew into the game. Our first goal from the corner gave us a little bit of belief going into half time.

“I must give a massive amount of credit to the players, we played off the front foot and showed great character. It’s one thing to get yourself back into a game at half time, it’s another thing to go and win it.

“It’s only three points we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves, but we’ve certainly given a good account of us as a team and got off to a good start to life in this league.”

Words |Sinead Kennedy – Peers

Levi Rathburn celebrates her second goal

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