Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crooks Hits Hat-Trick as Rampant Whitley Shoot Down Ravens

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crooks Hits Hat-Trick as Rampant Whitley Shoot Down Ravens

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THE Women's FA Cup first-round qualifiers kicked off the season for some of the region's clubs, with Whitley Bay going through after trouncing Gateshead Rutherford Ravens 9-0 at home.

Stacey Crooks opened the scoring after five minutes before Steph Ord and Zoe Hornsby, on her debut, both scored. Crooks netted again on the half-hour mark.

Crooks completed her hat-trick before Sarah Bennett made it 6-0 at half-time.

Crooks headed in from a corner for her fourth 10 minutes into the second half before Ord struck twice to complete her hat-trick.

Whitley Bay will now host NERWFL Premier League rivals York City in the second qualifying round after they beat NCWFL side Cramlington United 7-0. Birtley Town lost at home 2-0 to Lowick United in the all-NERWFL Northern Division tie.

Lowic will now entertain Premier League side Tynedale.

There was last-minute heartbreak for NCWFL side Ashington as they lost 3-2 at home against their Durham League counterparts Hartlepool United.

The away side dominated possession with their passing game in the first half but saw Ashington take the lead against the run of play when Laura Fairley scored from outside the box.

Hartlepool levelled before half-time then took the lead in the second half.

Megan Tighe then equalised for Ashington but, with time running out and extra time looming, Hartlepool snatched the win in the 90th minute.

The second qualifying round matches, to be played on Sunday, September 20, will also see Premier League side Boldon at home against Northern Division Prudhoe Town - both received first-round byes. Boldon kicked off their debut season in the NERWFL Premier League with a 6-0 home win over Castleford.

Alisha Prest scored after only seven minutes on her debut then Alex Ross doubled the lead after 20 minutes.

Prest scored her second a minute later which was soon followed by Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke netting to put Boldon 4-0 up after 25 minutes. …

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