BRADFORD City Women’s battle to avoid relegation took a real hit as they crashed to a 9-0 derby defeat at Guiseley Vixens last night in the Women’s National League - Northern Premier Division

City are now 13 points behind Doncaster Rovers with only six games remaining including the visit of the Belles to Eccleshill at the end of this month. But not before they travel to Derby and Hull, and play host to the rampant Blackburn Rovers who have won 15 from 15 so far this season.

Guiseley started brightly, and exploited the width that Bradford’s narrow formation allowed, as Beth Stanfield and Maria Ledezma combined on the right to provide Olivia Auker with a simple finish from 10 yards with only four minutes on the clock.

On eight minutes Ledezma went past defender Ellie Edwards and whipped in a cross that found Charlotte Gill who finished from close range as the Bantams defenders failed to clear their lines.

Four minutes after that Guiseley had the ball in the net again, this time Gill turned provider as her corner was cleared off the line only for Jodie Hunter to poke home the rebound.

Before there were 20 minutes on the clock Guiseley had a fourth as Lauren Griffiths found Ledezma, who grabbed her first goal with another easy finish.

Just before the half-hour mark the Vixens pulled even further ahead, as Aimee Routledge dived to save a swerving Stanfield shot, only to see the waiting Gill tap the ball into the empty net.

Not long after that City had their first shot of the night, Kate Donnan and Harriet Jakeman combined well on the right before laying the ball back to skipper Maisie Norde, who shot high over Bethan Davies’ goal.

Things went from bad to worse for City a minute after that as another cross came in from the Guiseley right, Bradford’s defenders failed to deal with the resulting scramble in the box and Alarna Fuller thumped the ball past the unsighted Routledge.

City kept fighting, and finished the half strongly. First Norde found her range with a 20-yard effort that forced Davies into her first save of the night.

Then Davies was back in action again on the stroke of half-time as Jen Clark flicked the ball towards the corner of the goal, only to see the Vixens’ keeper claw the ball off the line with a full-length dive.

Bradford came out for the second-half in determined mood, manager Steve Winterburn pushed experienced defender Jen Clark back in an effort to deal with Ledezma.

Less than a minute into the half Clark forced her way past the Guiseley defence to chase down a through ball, only to be flagged offside by the referee’s assistant.

Not long after that City defender Zoe Roberts hobbled off to be replaced by Northern Ireland Under-19 defender Khloe Cooper.

Guiseley took advantage of the unsettled Bradford backline as Fuller picked out Auker who ran through one-on-one with Routledge. The City keeper saved well at the feet of the Vixens’ striker but the ball squirmed free and Auker calmly finished for her second and the home side’s seventh.

Winterburn made a double substitution, replacing Donnan and Charlotte Sales with Paris Durrant and Eleanor Ramsauer.

Guiseley continued to press and Ledezma had her hand in the home side’s final two goals.

First she flicked a header into the roof of the City net, before another cross in from the right was volleyed past Routledge by City defender Cooper to complete the scoring on a tough night from Bradford’s young side.