The Foundation’s Women’s Football Education Programme got off to an emphatic start to their ECFA Yorkshire and Humber Women’s Football League Two campaign with a 10-0 victory over New College Bradford at Calderdale College on Wednesday afternoon.

Goals from Olivia Fall and Phoenix Talbot, and braces from Orla Durkin and Jordan Allott gave the girls a six-goal advantage going into the break. Allott completed their hat-trick in the second period before further strikes from Charley Hunt, Charlotte Gill, and Holly Jenkins ensured an opening-day success.

Coach Dan Smith praised the side’s togetherness after a positive start to the season.

“I thought the girls, as a team, were outstanding,” he said. “They did a lot of stuff that they have taken on board what they were working on pre-season, which was nice to see in action.

“We dominated from the start and there were quite a few outstanding performances, but I thought that, collectively, it was a team effort.

“We still have quite a bit of work to do to keep up the standards that we want to achieve this year and if you take the score out of it, the way that the girls combined and the way everyone got involved in moves was really nice to see.

“What’s nice about the group is that the girls in last year’s cohort made the new additions feel welcomed by encouraging them and helping them out on the pitch, which was really nice to see, so there was a really good closeness in the side – that’s not just on the pitch but off it too.

“There was a good camaraderie around the group, and it was a good atmosphere, so I am happy to see this in the first game of the season and I think the girls are happy too, which is all that matters.”

The Women’s Football Education Programme travel to Warrington next week to face Priestley College First Team in their second fixture of the season.

After a near-perfect performance, Smith hopes they can continue that into their next fixture.

“But it is difficult to pick out some improvements after scoring 10 goals and keeping a clean sheet and long may this continue,” added Smith.

“We had a few chances that we didn’t take, so if you were being a bit picky you could say about that.

“Possibly, we could keep a little more composure on the ball, and we lashed at a couple of chances, but, overall, I am full of praise for the team.”

Foundation’s Women’s Football Education Programme Lineup

Autumn Jarvis (Katelyn Lockwood, 46’), Robyn Overend (Ruby Batteryon, 46’), Lily Greenwood (C), Sophie Anderson, Charley Hunt (Leo Anderson, 46’), Almaas Sajid, Charlotte Gill, Pheonix Talbot, Olivia Fall, Orla Durkin, Jordan Allott (Holly Jenkins, 70’)


Olivia Fall (11’), Phoenix Talbot (20’), Orla Durkin (21’, 38’), Jordan Allott (26’, 40’, 55’), Charley Hunt (65’), Charlotte Gill (66’), and Holly Jenkins (78’)

Final Score

Foundation’s Women’s Football Education Programme 10-0 New College Bradford