Lady Clarets on brink of title after nine crucial points

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Burnley FC Ladies picked up another nine precious points from three league games as they maintained their title push in the North West Women’s Regional Football League Premier Division.

The Lady Clarets are now a point behind leaders Tranmere – who have completed their fixtures – with four games remaining.

Against Manchester Stingers LFC, Burnley notched up a 5-0 win at Barden Athletics ground.

The visitors complained that they were feeling the strain and had injuries after their heavy fixture schedule, but two goals each for Evie Priestley and Georgia Payton, and another by Lynette Craig sealed the victory for the Clarets.

Then last Thursday, the Lady Clarets travelled to Liverpool, where they played Merseyrail Bootle in another early evening kick-off.

Missed chances by the Clarets, and a penalty claim which was ignored, all added to the tension as Merseyrail came close to scoring from defensive errors, and a series of shots that flew narrowly over.

A mazy run by Leah Embley through the home defence saw her fire past the keeper for the opening goal on 20 minutes, and Georgia Payton added a second late in injury time when Sammy Fleck collected a loose ball and threaded a long pass to her.

She rounded a defender and shot into the bottom corner to finish a thrilling game at 2-0.

On Sunday, the Lady Clarets travelled to Poolfoot Farm, the training ground of Fleetwood Town, to play Fleetwood Town Wrens in what was expected to be a tough game.

The Wrens had recently beaten the league title front runners Stockport County, who have defeated the Clarets this season in both the league and the lup.

The Clarets set the pace in the early stages of the game.

Holly Hunter and Leah Embley’s energetic runs were troubling the home side, though the Clarets were given an early scare when a break away attack threatened the goal, and keeper Lauren Bracewell had to intercept.

Chloe Fell hit back at the home goal with a powerful shot that sliced narrowly wide.

Finally, Lizzy Hamer passed centrally through to Embley, who made no mistake in twisting round a defender and shooting into the bottom corner.

Later in the half, Embley added another goal after a superbly worked move through the Clarets’ midfield.

Vikki Eastwood pressed to the bye line and cleverly deceived a defender before chipping the ball in front of goal to Embley, who shot wide of the keeper to make it 2-0.

The final goal came before the break, when Evie Priestley passed through to Embley.

The keeper dived to tip her shot away, but Lynette Craig was on hand to collect and shoot home from the edge of the six-yard box.

In the second half, the home side defended valiantly, keeping the Clarets at bay, as the final score remained 3-0.

The Lady Clarets are at home to Merseyrail Bootle tonight at Prairie Sports Village 3G, and they are at Stockport County on Wednesday, May 2nd, at Stockport Sports Village 3G pitch, kick-off 6-30 p.m.

Burnley Ladies then host CMB on Sunday, May 13th in a double header, starting at 2 p.m.

Nine points will be enough for the Lady Clarets to win the title.

Stockport County are nine points behind with six games to play.

Wigan Athletic are also six behind with three games remaining.