Gallagher double strike preserves Blues Babes unbeaten record

Leek Town Ladies 2, Sutton Coldfield Town Ladies 2.

THIS clash in the West Midlands Women's Regional League saw Leek stage a determined fight back from 2-0 down to deny their visitors maximum points.

Sutton's opening goal on the break looked suspiciously offside but the referee waved aside protests from the Leek players.

The visitors went further ahead in the 34th minute, again on the counter attack, after breaking up another Leek assault.

Just before the break Leek's Kirsty Ryder went close to reducing the deficit when her goalbound attempt was cleared off the line.

Leek suffered a blow just before change-round when striker Michaela Lockett was stretchered off following a late heavy challenge.

The second period was all about Leek following the introduction of Chantelle Gallagher whose presence encouraged her team to get back into the game.

Only three minutes into the resumption Gallagher shrugged off her marker and curled the ball over the Sutton keeper into the net from long range to make it 2-1.

Leek then almost made it 2-2 through Cassie Hyde with a headed attempt from a Katie Maya free kick.

Lucy Goodfellow was introduced for midfielder Holly Chipman in the 75th minute, after the latter could not continue following two heavy challenges.

Goodfellow made an immediate impact from her first touch of the ball which forced a Sutton defender to clear her goalbound strike off the line.

The equaliser came from the penalty spot in the 86th minute following a throw-in played to summer signing Cassie Hyde.

The former Stoke City Ladies central defender did well to hold the ball and drive into the Sutton penalty area, where she was brought down.

Gallagher stepped up to hold her nerve and smash the ball into the top corner of the net goal to earn the Blues Babes a well-deserved point.

The result preserved Leek's unbeaten record and moved them up into second spot in the table below Solihull United Ladies.

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