By Brendan Devereux
Leeds Ladies headed into the unknown this past Sunday travelling to Mossley Hill who were second in the league with a far superior goal difference than anyone else in the league. Leeds made their intentions known from kick off constantly pushing forward at every opportunity & giving Mossley no time on the ball. This was evident on the 7th minute mark when under pressure a Mossley back pass was way too short & Bianca Ross pounced only to see her shot go just over the crossbar.
With Mossley being reduced to shots from distance Leeds looked lethal going forward & after 20 minutes Sophie Scargill whipped in a great cross that Hannah Campbell flicked into the path of Bianca Ross who shot straight at the keeper. One minute later it was Ross & Campbell again linking up as Hannah broke free of a defender & laid the ball off to Binx whose shot deflected off a defender into the keepers grateful arms.
With Leeds not having failed to score in a game this season going into the break goalless seemed unlikely & on 39 minutes Emily Starkie had her trademark shot from near the halfway line which whistled just inches wide of the post. Three minutes later it was a case of anything you can do I can do better when Bridie Hannon picked up the ball on the halfway line & spotted the keeper off her line as soon as the ball left Bridie’s foot the result was never in doubt as the ball sailed in giving Leeds a very deserved 1-0 lead at half time.
As Leeds came back out for the second half Fiona Berry was making her return to first team action & wasted little time in letting the Mossley players know who she was. Within 8 minutes of the restart Fi had clattered 3 players & was then booked for dissent after not quite agreeing with a decision made by the whistle happy referee. As Mossley pushed forward trying to find an equaliser Leeds looked dangerous on the counter attack & on the 63rd minute it was a trademark drive & shot from Hannah Campbell that was spilled by the keeper only to land at the feet of Carey “Kez” Huegett that saw Leeds go 2-0 up. Eager to make the victory that more emphatic manager Jak Oldroyd sent on Vicky Fytche. As the game was drawing to a close Fytche produced a Beckham-esque cross field ball that landed at the feet of Hannah Campbell who cut inside & let fly only to see her shot rebound off the post.
The result saw Leeds climb to joint second in the league with Mossley & will host them at Knaresborough on the 14th of December after the little matter of a FA Cup tie against local rivals Guiseley Vixens on the 7th. With confidence at an all-time high this was not just a win but a professional performance that everyone else in the league should sit up & take notice of as the Phoenix continues to rise.