The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

SCOR­ING a hat-trick not only grabs head­lines – it presents you with the match ball and de­served plau­dits from team­mates and fans.

But what’s the rit­ual when you score eight in a game? Well, Bianca Owens of Mid­dles­brough ladies may be able to cre­ate her own as she has done just that – not once but twice!

In Sun­day’s 10-2 win over Stock­port in the WPL North­ern Di­vi­sion One, Owens was on tar­get eight times and just a month ago, she scored the same amount in an 11-0 FA Cup win over Low­ick United.

The 18-year-old pro­lific striker told Women’s Foot­ball Weekly that she is not used to all the cov­er­age and is get­ting a bit of stick from her team-mates as a re­sult.

“The girls are call­ing me ‘big time’ now with all this at­ten­tion I have been get­ting and all that is men­tioned at train­ing now is my eight goals,” joked Owens.

“But I have never done any­thing like this be­fore and it really was in­cred­i­ble to do it once – let alone twice. I am not sure how to de­scribe it, to be hon­est.

“I was just so buzzing. But the girls are all amaz­ing and with­out them I wouldn’t be get­ting the goals.”

De­spite her scin­til­la­timh form Owens is ex­tremely mood­est and over­whelmed at the re­sponse she has had.

She said:“I have al­ways been known for my goals but when I was a child I didn’t really have a po­si­tion. I think I have found it.

now. It is a good job too as I am use­less every­where else!

“I don’t even think there was a stand-out goal. My favourite was prob­a­bly the eighth as it meant I matched my record from be­fore. It just meant a lot.”

Mid­dles­brough are fly­inghigh at the top of the league hav­ing lost just one game this sea­son. Owens says that they don’t fear any­one but they are in a bet­ter po­si­tion than they had per­haps an­tic­i­pated at this stage.

“We fin­ished fourth last sea­son so we knew we could chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion. But I don’t think we thought we would be top af­ter ten games. This is per­son­ally the best form I have ever been in and the team as well.

“Even in train­ing we just look so strong and have an in­cred­i­ble team spirit.We know that each game will be chal­leng­ing but we are play­ing with con­fi­dence and have the tal­ent in the squad.”

Boro host eighth-placed Moss­ley Hill to­day and Owens will be look­ing to add to her 28 goals so far this sea­son.

AN­OTHER ONE! Bianca Owens nets again

ALL SMILES: Bianca’s hav­ing a su­perb sea­son

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