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.