A late penalty and last-minute goal ensured that Grimsby Borough Ladies took all three points on Saturday despite being on the back foot for most of this tie against Arnold Town Ladies.
Having dominated the first half, it was surprising that Arnold only managed to take a 1-0 lead into the second half. Laura Coulthard starting her first game as a striker calmly slotted the ball past the keeper within the first 20 minutes of the game.
As the match went on, Arnold began to tire and allowed the home team back into the game. Defensive resilience was only broken in the 87th minute when the referee gave a controversial penalty which was duly scored. The home side now had the upper hand and made it count in the 95th minute when they scored their winner.
A cruel blow for Arnold but a massive improvement in performance in which their efforts deserved more.
Arnold Town 2nd team played their first home game of the season against a strong Clifton Ladies side. A good performance was unrewarded with a lack of cutting edge in front of goal costing them. Clifton the eventual winners by 2 goals to nil.