The absence of a first-team game meant Huddersfield Town Ladies Reserves were under the spotlight - and they didn’t disappoint.
A 5-1 win over Stockport County’s second string at Storthes Hall Park put them fourth in the FA Women’s Premier League Reserves Northern Division.
Town went ahead in the fifth minute when Kirstie Hunt lobbed over the County keeper.
They continued to create chances with swift attacking football and Mollie Holder hit a post in the 15th minute.
Stockport gained a fortunate equaliser on the half hour when Town captain Raegen Cartledge headed past her own keeper Rosie Todd.
But Hunt put Town back ahead again on the stroke of half-time with an excellent strike into the top corner.
Town started the second half in similar style, but it took them some time to increase their lead against a stubborn Stockport defence.
Megan Bower shot just wide before Town made it 3-1 after 65 minutes with the goal of the game.
Hunt backheeled to Niamh McKevitt who broke into the box and squared the ball for an easy finish from Leah White.
Courtney Kaye made it 4-1 with shot which was deflected in.
Then Holder crossed for White to grab her second of the game and complete a fine victory.
Town host Newcastle United Reserves, who stayed in second despite a 1-0 home loss to Leeds Reserves, on Sunday.
The firsts are at home to Nuneaton Town in the FAWPL Northern Division.
And the academy side host Socrates in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women’s League Third Division.
All three games kick-off at 2.00.
Meanwhile Town have three junior sides through to Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls’ League finals.
The Under 14s beat Sheffield United Community Ladies 9-3 in their League Cup semi-final.
The win was all about good team communication and effort.
Nadya Longstaff and Abigail Crabtree combined to take care of United’s early attacks.
Macy Ellis then brought a good save from the Blades keeper.
With Gwen Hughes, Jemima Wood and Olivia Burgin working hard in midfield, a pass through to Ellis drew the free-kick from which Jess Barrow opened the scoring.
Soon after Ellis made it two, then Town keeper Emily Brookes made a great save in a one-on-one.
Sophie Jackson marshalled the defence well, with Frances Keddie also helping deal with any United threat.
And at the other end, Molly Ellis and Barrow were combining well.
Macy Elis made it 3-0 before half-time, and sister Molly was thwarted twice early in the second half.
Brodie Haigh was a constant threat and scored the fourth from a rebound.
United pulled one back, but Barrow was in the mood for more and was able to use her strength to fight her way through to score a further two goals.
Hard-working Harriet Waller finally made the scoresheet and Barrow got her fourth before United pulled two back despite the best efforts of Crabtree and Louis Thornes.
Waller had the last word and Town are now looking forward to a final as well as Saturday’s home league game against defending champions Doncaster Belles (10.30).
The Belles will be final opponents for the Under 16s, who made the showpiece for the fourth year running by beating Dronfield Town 9-1.
Dronfield had conceded 29 goals in the three league meetings between the two teams this season.
And when they went into the semi-final with only nine players, the outcome was predictable.
Tara Duce picked out Ella Harris for the opener, then the scorer turned provider for Amy Broomhead to score from close range.
Duce struck with a fine solo effort, then Broomhead finished after a Lauren Bullock shot was deflected into her path.
Early in the second half Bullock’s cross was turned in by Harris, then keeper Isobel Pare came up to put away a penalty.
Ellie Womersley’s powerful cross-shot went in off a post, then Duce notched from distance.
Player of the match Broomhead completed her hat trick after a goalmouth scramble.
Dronfield’s consolation came late on.
Dronfield were also the victims of Town’s Under 12s, who won 4-1 to make the League Plate final.
Isobella Kington broke away to finish well for the first, then hit a post.
Gaby Pearson was thwarted twice in quick succession before Dronfield levelled.
Amiee Nuttall put Town back in front early in the second half, then despite a hint of offside, notched her second and her side’s third.
Player of the match Nuttall completed her hat trick, to reward the domination by Town.
This Saturday brings a trip to leaders AFC Pogmoor on Saturday (11.00).