By James Grayson (Twitter - @jamesAgrayson)
Farsley AFC Ladies, formed in 2009, are aiming high and hoping to win promotion from the West Riding County Women’s League First Division this season.
A crushing 10-0 victory against Wortley on Sunday put them back in the frame for the title ahead of a crunch game at Silsden.
An incredible first half six goal haul from Millie West (pictured below) , a Claire Parker hat-trick and one goal from Sarah Carter gave Farsley victory and put them above Wortley in the table.
But the overall performance showed that Farsley are making progress after a couple of years of stagnation. Back in 2009 the team was made up of players who stepped up to adult football from under 17s level.
They won promotion from the Second Division at a canter in their first season as an adult side, but played against teams of a similar age. However, for the last two years, Farsley have started well, but dropped off towards the end of the campaign.
Now Rob Womersley’s team look the real deal. Farsley have grown as a club and are well-known across West Yorkshire which has attracted experienced players to the club. The team playing at Throstle Nest, a tremendous facility has also helped. New signing Claire Parker, formerly of Leeds United Ladies has brought a new attacking element and repaid the club with six goals in just five appearances. Captain Kath Raw (pictured above) has bags of experiences having played for a number of local sides as well as an Italian team.
The experience of these players along with the younger ones who have grown stronger in the last two years has made Farsley a formidable opposition. And if they can keep going, Farsley will have a strong team for years to come.