Blyth Town Ladies win derby and league title

Blyth Town Ladies, champions of the Northumberland County Women's League, pictured after defeating Ashington Ladies 3-1 on Sunday. Picture by Ian Appleby
Blyth Town Ladies, champions of the Northumberland County Women's League, pictured after defeating Ashington Ladies 3-1 on Sunday. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Blyth Town Ladies secured the points they needed to win the Northumberland County Women’s League with a 3-1 win over Ashington Ladies on Sunday.

Played in front of BBC TV cameras with news reporter Kate Adie watching on, filming for a forthcoming documentary, they witnessed Blyth maintain their 100 per cent league record in coming back from conceding an early goal.

Seven minutes into the match, Ashington took the lead when Blyth defender Reiss Cullen was involved in a mix-up with her keeper.

Under pressure from Karen Wright, Cullen lobbed the ball over her own keeper who was on her way out to collect the ball

Ashington had a chance to extend their lead 60 seconds later after a good move ended when Sarah Bennett shot narrowly wide.

Blyth responded immediately and nearly levelled after 12 minutes but Ashington defender Emma Ginger cleared the shot off the line.

However, the home side did not have to wait much longer to level as Hannah Smith slotted past Jessica Jenkinson for the equaliser.

Both teams created chances after the equaliser with Ashington captain Laura Jobson instrumental in midfield, pulling the strings.

Ashington’s Laura Fairley had two good chances, her first well saved by the Blyth keeper who pushed her free kick onto the bar and denied Fairley again when her header from a Wright corner was saved.

Five minutes before half-time, Jobson crossed for Wright but saw her shot saved by the impressive keeper Leigh Black.

Blyth were more dominant in the second half and soon took the lead.

Smith scored her second when she calmly placed her shot past the keeper on 52 minutes.

Ashington did threaten an equaliser with Megan Tighe and Bennett going close before Sarah Taylor’s shot went the wrong side of the post.

Ashington keeper Jenkinson made two good saves to deny Blyth, but ten minutes from time they did score a third to kill off the away side.

Smith this time was the provider as her cross from the left was met by Alex Roberts who headed home.

Lauren Kavanagh saw her header cleared off the line from a Fairley corner in the dying minutes, but Blyth played out the time remaining and took the points to become League Champions.

Ashington Ladies next match is at home on Sunday, April 6, against Blakelaw United Ladies.