The first game of the season for Bishop Auckland Ladies started well, with a chance shot from outside the box forcing a diving save from the Hartlepool reserves keeper and an early corner. The early pressure of the first 5 minutes was soon to be reversed, with hopeful balls through the Bishop defence leaving the back four stranded, and Hartlepool soon went 2-0 up. 15 minutes in and Rebecca Lowes came on for Georgia Ireson, and her running at pace down the right wing caused ‘Pools problems. Natasha Napier hit the crossbar, Leah Curry started to boss the central midfield, and tireless running from Toni Sidgwick meant a goal was surely coming. Chloe Mackay came on for Tracey Priestley, and Reanne Rooney for Vicky Rodgers and the fresh legs clearly helped as a great ball from Mackay and a finish from 15 yards from Rooney made the score 2-1 at half time.
Second half and Bishop started as they ended the first, piling pressure on a ‘Pools team who began to tire, leaving gaps all over the field for Bishop to exploit. Rooney scored again to make it 2-2 and Bishop went in front with a well worked goal from Napier. Bishop now started to play as the Hartlepool heads dropped and two poachers goals from Napier gave her a hat trick and a well deserved 5-2 win for Bishop.
Player of the match: Leah Curry