Huddersfield Town Ladies aim to get back to winning ways when they visit Tranmere Rovers on Sunday in the Northern Women’s Combination.
Looking to record a third successive win against second-bottom Cheadle Heath, Town surprisingly went down 4-3 at home.
Player of the match Laura Windle provided an early lead and, with only 10 minutes on the clock, Kate Mallin set her up for a second.
Cheadle pulled one back when Laura Carter was beaten by a speculative effort but Town didn’t panic and, before half-time, Mallin played another terrific pass to release Emily Heckler to net a third.
Alice Linsell had an amazing chance to extend the lead early in the second half but could only steer the ball straight at the keeper from close range.
This lifeline lifted Cheadle and they made it 3-2 in the 55th minute.
To make matters worse, a minute later it was 3-3 when a hopeful free-kick was sliced into her own goal by Sharone Buckle.
After recovering from a spell of panic, Town pressed for a winner and went agonisingly close on several occasions but weren’t good enough in the final third.
In the 87th minute Cheadle caught Town on the counter and, in a scrappy goalmouth scramble, grabbed the winner.
Town Reserves lost 7-0 at Newcastle in the Women’s Premier League Reserve Northern Division and are keen to regroup when they visit Bradford City Res in a League Cup group match.
The Under 16s drew 0-0 with Handsworth, with keeper Emelia Samuels responding well when called upon.
Player of the match could have gone to any of the Town back four after a solid display, but Holly Coulson (right-back) just pipped her teammates.
Tomorrow the Under 16s travel to Doncaster Rovers Belles (11.00).
Town, the Under 14 leaders, will be looking to build on their 3-1 win at Millmoor Juniors and extend their unbeaten record when they take on Wickersley Youth at Grange Moor (10.30) tomorrow.
Tara Duce put Town one ahead at Millmoor with a free-kick on 17 minutes, while Isobel Pare made a fine save to keep them in front.
Town went two up In the 34th minute when a Rose Priestley header was only half stopped and Amy Broomhead netted.
Millmoor fought back in the second half and pulled a goal back, but Town responded within a minute when Duce netted their third.
The Under 12s take on Handsworth at Grange Moor tomorrow (10.30) after a 1-1 draw against Chesterfield. Olivia Beaumont put Town ahead on 12 minutes and Alicia Marriott and Gwen Hughes controlled midfield.
In the 25th minute Chesterfield scored on the breakaway.