Morecambe Ladies 1-4 Middlesbrough Ladies

Morecambe Ladies' Beth Fisher keeps an eye on Bianca Owens.
Morecambe Ladies' Beth Fisher keeps an eye on Bianca Owens.

Morecambe Ladies were beaten 4-1 by league leaders Middlesbrough Ladies at the weekend.

Middlesbrough started brightly as Rebecca Hanratty drew the defenders across, right winger Millie Bell picked out Bianca Owens who arrived in the box and scored to make it 1-0.

It looked as if it was going to be a hard afternoon for the Ladies as Middlesbrough continued to press but Laura Callis and Beth Fisher remained organised at the back.

Morecambe managed to regroup and created a few chances of their own but just before half time Emily Scarr doubled Middlesbrough’s lead.

With the help of a poor clearance from defence, Rebecca Bass pounced on the ball and sent a stunning shot back passed Reader into the net in the second half to make it 3-0 and four minutes later captain Sammie Leigh volleyed in a fourth for Middlesbrough.

Morecambe did manage a consolation goal when Emma Kay smashed the ball home but the ladies were well beaten.