Burnley FC Women continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season with a third win in four games to overcome Middlesbrough Women.
Ten points from 12 reflects a great start for Burnley FC Women, and goals from Levi Rathburn, Kenedy Owen and Sarah Greenhalgh helped the Clarets’ cruise to a 3-0 lead on Teesside, before the hosts fought back to make it a nervy finale.
The Clarets, with Leanne Prescott making her debut made a good start and confidence levels were soon raised as an early effort by Greenhalgh ricocheted off the bar.
And they soon led when a corner was met by Lizzy Hamer’s header, which cannoned off the bar and straight to Rathburn to convert the opener.
A spirited start to the second half by Middlesbrough had the Clarets briefly on the back foot, and after a goal was disallowed, the hosts saw a penalty saved by Lauren Bracewell, after an awkward bounce had caught the arm of Burnley defender Leanne Prescott.
The Clarets regrouped and after Greenhalgh was cut down just outside the box, Owen stepped up for the resulting free kick to double the lead.
Owen was then on hand again to feed Greenhalgh with a fine pass, for the striker to extend the lead.
As Burnley continued to press, Greenhalgh almost had a second with a shot that again hit the frame.
With less than seven minutes remaining, the hosts grabbed what seemed a consolation with a fine individual goal from winger Tyler Dodds.
But nerves were then jangling as, after Burnley incredibly hit the woodwork for a third time through Evie Priestley, Boro’ grabbed a last-gasp lifeline through Dodds.
However, the Clarets saw out the last few moments, to remain unbeaten and sit joint-top of the FA Women’s National League Premier North.
Next Sunday, Burnley FC Women play Hindley Juniors in the preliminary round of the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup.
Kick-off is 2pm at Padiham FC’s Ruby Civil Arena.