Huddersfield Town Ladies’ first team are through to the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Women’s Challenge Cup, writes Steven Downes.
But the seconds were unable to make the showpiece a internal club affair.
While the firsts were 5-1 winners over Steel City Wanderers at Storthes Hall, the development team lost 2-0 in their semi-final at Barnsley Ladies.
Town have had an injury-hit FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division campaign, but their form has picked up of late.
Manager Ash Vickers said: “A cup win would be good - we’ll be doing our utmost to win it.”
Emily Heckler had an early goal disallowed for offside.
Town then conceded a penalty in the seventh minute when keeper Charlotte Oates collided with an opponent.
It seemed a harsh call, but City took the lead all the same.
The home side started to control play and had one cleared off the line.
Heckler eventually equalized halfway through the first half with a fierce and clever volley into the bottom right-hand corner.
She could have given Town the lead after captain Kate Mallin had a mazy run into the box, but skied her shot from the pass.
Heckler had another glorious opportunity but the keeper got down well and smartly stopped the ball with her legs.
Steel City scored an own goal on the 56th minute as Mallin’s corner was deflected in at the near post.
Debbie Hastings scored Town’s third with a calm finish, and Heckler netted twice in the final four minutes to complete he hat trick.
The first was a cheeky chip over the onrushing keeper and the second a powerful penalty.
Vickers added: “We started off a little rocky giving away that penalty but then got back into it.
“In truth we never really looked in danger at any point.
“We know we have quality on the ball and we just had to keep moving until we eventually unlocked that door as they say
“We’ll look at it as any other game, even though it’s a final. We’ll prepare and treat the game the same.”
On Heckler he said: “She just keeps doing what she has always done and scores goals,
“She’s having a great season and it’s good to have her up top knowing she can win you games.”
Heckler said: “I want to score as many as I can, as many as it takes to get me to London to pick up the Premier League’s top goal scorer award.”
While the firsts are without a game this weekend, the seconds got to Bradford City Reserves in the FAWPL Reserves Division North on Sunday (2.00).
The academy team continued their unbeaten run with a 6-2 home win over Worksop Town in the Sheffield and Hallamshire League Third Division.
Sian Lewis, Emma Poole and Demi Wisher each scored twice.
Town visit Socrates on Sunday (2.00).
The under 16s had a slip-up in their Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls’ League title chase as they let slip a two-goal lead at second-placed Doncaster Belles and lost 3-2.
Amy Broomhead got both goals for Town, who remain 12 points clear, with Doncaster having four games in hand.
The Under 14s are back at the top of their table after a 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
After Courtney Livsey shot just wide, Jess Barrow got the opener from a corner.
Molly Ellis came close before sister Macy capitalised on a miskick by the keeper to intercept and score.
Wednesday were counter-attacking well, but Jemima Wood and Lois Thorne worked hard to snuff out the danger.
Livsey’s chip and Harriet Waller’s shot put Town in full control. Jemima Wood took the star player award.
The Under 12s put in a poor second-half performance to lose at 3-1 at home to Dronfield Town.
Amiee Nuttall put Town ahead in the fourth minute from Scarlett Taylor’s pass.
But Dronfield levelled within two minutes.
Isobella Kington and player of the match Amy Herman had chances and Taylor had a shot saved soon after the break.
But 10 minutes in Dronfield broke clear and took a lead which they extended further.
Town take on Carcroft Village Blue in the League Plate final at Storthes Hall on Saturday (10.00).<p/>