Norton & Stockton Ancients have won the North East Regional Premier League title after a comprehensive 6-0 triumph at Farsley Celtic Ladies on Wednesday evening.
Prolific striker Nyci Thorns increased her own tally to 49 goals this season with a couple of efforts either side of the interval as the visitors netted three times in each half.
Shannon Reed, Kate McSorley, Chelsea Beetch and Victoria Hutchinson were similarly on target, in the process returning their club into the Women’s Premier League after a two-year absence.
Norton will now be in in WPL Northern Division One, but won’t be encountering City Ladies’ old rivals Hull City as they similarly secured that title and therefore rise into the third tier WPL Northern Division, which is just one level below the Women’s Super League.
Meanwhile, another of York’s former foes, Brighouse Town, finished as their runners-up while regularly featuring ex-Belles duo of goalkeeper Steph Jones and midfielder Zoe Doherty – with Jones completing 25 appearances and Doherty 22, including a couple of goals.
Photo by kind permission of Ian Parker