CHORLEY Ladies FC took over top spot of the FA Women’s Premier League One after a 4-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra Ladies.

The Euxton-based side had trained across the Christmas period in anticipation of a positive start to the second half of the campaign.

The pitch was heavy after rain but that did not deter Chorley who started confidently, hitting the crossbar within the opening 10 minutes.

As Crewe sat back, Chorley pressed and Vicky Coope struck the post from a long range effort.

The ball rebounded straight into the path of Sam Cadwallader, who gave Chorley the lead.

Not long after that their tally was doubled, with Rachel Wood continuing her fine goalscoring form.

She slotted the ball home after following up a rebound from a shot from Scarlett Smith.

Smith then got her name on the scoresheet.

Slick passing from the hosts found Smith in front of goal.

She hit a shot low and hard giving the Crewe goalkeeper no chance to lead 3-0 at the break.

During the half-time team-talk Chorley manager Cameron Foster called on the Ladies to keep up their pace and also their impressive passing.

In the opening five minutes of the second half he was rewarded.

Wood doubled her tally for the game and sent Chorley 4-0 up after a sweetly-struck shot.

The Lancashire side continued to press and hit the post and crossbar a further four times before the end of the game.

Frustratingly for Chorley, Crewe hit a long ball over Ruth Harrison’s head finding the feet of the Crewe winger who slotted passed the encroaching Jo Phillips.

The Ladies entertain Liverpool Feds at Euxton Villa on Sunday at 2pm.

Skipper Janet Mitchell said: “It was a great start to 2017, we played very well in patches and some of the goals were real team efforts.

“There will be bigger challenges ahead for us so let’s hope we can take the performance into the next game.”

Meanwhile, manager Foster added: “We are delighted to start 2017 with a win but more importantly a brilliant performance.

“We played some super football that was very enjoyable to watch, disappointing not to get the clean sheet but it’s tough not to get complacent when 4-0 up.

“Just what the squad needed ready for next weeks game against Liverpool Feds where we will look to make our home advantage count and show them how we can really play.”

Right-back Jen King said: “I think it was a professional performance today and the prefect start to the new year.

“We stuck to the game plan and were clinical when we needed to be.”