League leaders Morecambe Ladies remained unbeaten in the North West Women’s Premier League with an excellent 2-1 win at Blackpool Wren Rovers.
The Shrimpettes had been due to take on Bolton but a waterlogged pitch meant that game was called off and with Irlam unable to travel to Blackpool a hectic rejig saw the two sides meet on Sunday.
Megan Doherty and Sophie Killip got the goals as Nick Barrett’s side came from behind to secure a big win against one of their promotion rivals.
The hosts broke the deadlock on 35 minutes,
The Wrens moved the ball down the left and Bethany Fisher saw her shot saved by Emma Reader but unfortunately for the visitors the ball fell to the feet of Abby Pullen who let fly into the corner of the net before Reader could get back into position.
Morecambe tried to reply quickly with Stephanie Holden clearing off the line for Blackpool after good work from Hannah Paling.
Pressure was mounting on the hosts though and the Shrimps were soon level.
After Doherty battled hard to win the ball outside the Wrens’ box, the ball fell to Paling who slipped the ball sideways to Killip who with a couple of touches, steadied herself to fire in the equaliser shortly before half-time.
The second half was as nervy and intense as the first with Doherty limited to a few pot shots from range easily dealt with by Leece before giving the visitors the lead.
Becky Whittingham brought the ball under control and slipped a perfect pass into Doherty’s path with the Shrimpettes hotshot poking the ball into the net as Barrett’s side got their noses in front for the first time.
Blackpool were always a threat through top goalscorer Berko but she was to go off injured in a collision with Reader that halted the game for five minutes.
It was a tense finish but Morecambe held on for an impressive victory as they maintained top spot.
The Shrimpettes’ A team beat Southport Shoreline 6-2 at Lancaster and Morecambe College on Sunday to move into the semi-final of the county cup.