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CITY WOMEN ADVANCE IN COUNTY CUP

30 November 2023

Match Reports

CITY WOMEN ADVANCE IN COUNTY CUP

30 November 2023

Bradford City Women progressed to the second round of the County FA Women’s County Cup with a 2-0 away win at Silsden AFC.

The Bantams were made to work hard for their victory against a side sitting two divisions below them in the West Riding County Women’s Football League First Division, but the result sees them face Halifax FC in the next round.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, the game sprung into life through double goalscorer Kanisha Underdown, netting her first of the match with a looping shot from just outside the centre of the 18-yard box.

There was a first taste of action in claret and amber for new signing Sharone Buckle at centre-half, making her full debut as new manager Emily Senior’s first signing since joining. Her experience at the back was needed to nullify an attacking resurgence by Silsden after going a goal down.

The Bantams worked their way back into the game, however, with full-back Ellie Prothero impressive down the left-hand side, regularly finding crosses into the box.

As the first half drew to a close, Underdown found herself in a similar position outside the box in the 40th minute and took aim again, finding the top corner for the second time in the match to give City a commanding lead heading into the interval.

The second half saw more City pressure without creating too many clear-cut opportunities, the Silsden defence frequently making blocks and presenting City midfielder Charlie Ramsden with a litter of corner kicks throughout the half.

Forward Mia Jacobs did well to get into scoring positions late on and would have made it onto the scoresheet if not for a couple of smart stops by the Silsden goalkeeper.

The Bantams comfortably saw out the game to march onto the next round.


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