Harding hits hat-trick as Brid Rovers Ladies sink South Cave

Ellie Harding, who scored a hat-trick for Bridlington Rovers Ladies, fires at goal'''PICTURE BY DOMINICK TAYLOR
Ellie Harding, who scored a hat-trick for Bridlington Rovers Ladies, fires at goal'''PICTURE BY DOMINICK TAYLOR

Bridlington Rovers Ladies continued their push for a top-three finish in East Riding Women’s League Division One with a 7-4 home success against South Cave Ladies.

Rovers went into the game full of confidence after their semi-final win the previous week.

The home side got off to a lightning start when midfielder Chloe Bennett made a well timed run beating the offside trap, rounded the keeper and tapped home.

Rovers made it two shortly after when captain Mel Marsden got onto the end of a Leonie Sykes corner.

Rovers were in full control of the game with strikes from Ellie Harding and Chamaine Pinder extending the Cave goalkeeper.

Harding made it 3-0, heading home from an excellent run and cross from Hannah Mitchell.

South Cave did mount a comeback when scoring from a corner to make it 3-1.

Minutes before half-time Cave won a penalty which was brilliantly saved by keeper Amy Pratt.

The second half saw Rovers start strongly, adding to their lead with Harding hitting her second with a superb strike.

Mitchell got in on the act, converting another Sykes corner.

Rovers continued to press and more chances came putting the South Cave goal under pressure.

Harding scored Rovers’ sixth and completed her hat-track slotting past an onrushing keeper.

Vicky Stonehouse ended the scoring for Rovers after rounding the keeper and beating a defender to the ball.

South Cave got themselves some goals late on, scoring three times in the last five minutes.

Rovers got the victory they set out for and managed to get through the game with no new injuries ahead of their cup final next week.

Delighted Bridlington Rovers Ladies manager Mark Womersley said: “We performed very well for 85 minutes, but then we took our foot off the gas with five minutes to go and allowed them to score three soft goals.

“We play Preston in the League Cup final on Sunday at the Roy West Centre, 2pm kick-off, and we go into the game as under-dogs but we were underdogs in the semi-final and won.

“If we can perform well we have a chance as our recent form is excellent and confidence is high at the moment.

“Reaching a final in our first season is an unbelievable achievement and something everyone should be proud of.”

Brid Rovers Ladies: Pratt, Kendrick, Marsden, Stonehouse, Mitchell, Coyne, Bennett, Cloherty, Sykes, Pinder, Harding.

Used substitutes: Scales, Elvin.