A SPIRITED second half fightback by Burnley FC Women resulted in a 3-2 victory against a physical West Bromwich Albion Women.

Goals by Levi Rathburn, Kelly Halligan and player of the match Sarah Greenhalgh countered the home sides strikes to give the Clarets two wins from two in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division.

Burnley grew into the first half as a Kelly Halligan cross was met by the high rising Sarah Greenhalgh whose powerful header hit the post.

But it was West Brom who opened the scoring when a cross ball landed at the feet of striker Jade Arber and she shot hard from the edge of the 18-yard box between two Clarets defenders.

The home sides lead was short lived as three minutes later Nicola Worthington passed out wide to Levi Rathburn who outpaced the West Brom defence and looped the ball over the keeper from a sharp angle to level the score.

A further three minutes of play resulted in a second goal for West Brom when a ball played into the Clarets box was intercepted again by Jade Arber who slide in to push it wide of keeper Bracewell.

The Clarets got the levelling goal from another Worthington pass this time to Halligan who paced in at the keeper and slotted past retreating defenders for 2-2

Greenhalgh had another one on one thwarted by the West Brom keeper but finally struck the back of the net soon after defender Kerry Hope intercepted in midfield and passed through to Rathburn who then located Greenhalgh.

Greenhalgh evaded two defenders and turned centrally to strike a looping shot that dipped under the crossbar.

West Brom challenged hard for every ball and the Clarets picked up some cuts and knocks along the way.

Burnley had the best chances late on, firstly when Greenhalgh cut through on goal and was again thwarted by the home keeper.

West Brom almost equalised when a ball was floated in from the wing and their number 10 headed at goal but found Bracewell.

A shot on goal by Rathburn was met by a reflex diving save, crowning a fine display by the home keeper who soon won a final battle with Greenhalgh as she advanced on goal and blocked a follow up by Lizzy Hamer.