Huddersfield Town Ladies got their third home draw in a row after coming from behind to finish 1-1 against Sporting Club Albion in the FA Women’s Premier League North, writes Ryan Hills.
Albion’s Leanne Robinson opened the scoring on 36 minutes when a corner was not dealt with, allowing her to deflect a shot home.
But early in the second half Town hit back through Debs Hastings cool finish.
In a pretty even contest, it was the home side who looked the more likely to strike first, with Katie Lockwood and Emily Heckler both forcing the Albion keeper into neat saves.
Sammy Conroy went close from a corner, while Heckler fired narrowly wide after cutting inside.
But the visitors made Town pay for those missed chances, as a short corner was not dealt with, allowing Robinson to pick her spot, and a series of deflections gave Laura Carter no chance, the ball hitting a post before going in.
But it took just five second-half minutes for Huddersfield to draw level. Heckler’s neat through ball released the pacy Hastings, who slotted past the onrushing Rebecca Thomas.
As the game wore on Hastings became more of a danger, as she beat the visiting left back on a number of occasions, but she couldn’t force a second goal.
Albion’s Steph Smith forced Carter into a smart stop, while Beth Smith almost secured the points for Town, but her dipping shot bounced back off the bar. Hastings, Heckler and Conroy all went close late on.
Olivia Dacosta was named player of the match after an excellent game at left back.
On Sunday, Town travel to Sheffield FC (2pm).
Town Ladies Reserves were beaten 6-1 by Guiseley Vixens.
They were weakened through injury and unavailability on the day. Town’s goal was scored by Francesca Wild.
On Sunday the Reserves entertain Newcastle United at Storthes Hall (2pm).
The Under 18s are in action on Saturday when they travel to Mosborough Ladies in the league (11am).
Town Under 15s hit double figures for the second time in three games in a 10-0 destruction of Rovers Foundation.
Tara Duce twice and Lauren Bullock were denied early on but Amy Broomhead gave Town the lead on four minutes.
Ella Harris doubled the lead and Rose Priestley added the third after a neat move involving Duce.
The fourth came on 27 minutes as Bullock was allowed to turn on the edge of the area and finish well, and three minutes later Broomhead scored her second with a left foot shot.
Town continued to press and scored twice more before half time through Bullock and Ellie Womersley’s first of the season (7-0).
The second half was once again dominated by Town but they could add only three more, all scored by Harris.
The Under 15s have Sheffield FC in their sights on Saturday as they begin the defence of their league cup in an away tie (11am).
Town Under 13s moved three points clear in their division with a seventh straight win, 9-0 against Wisewood Juniors.
Harriet Waller opened the scoring and Courtney Livsey doubled the lead with a volley on 31 minutes.
Macy Ellis and Waller netted again before half time, while Gwen Hughes scored the fifth 10 minutes into the second half.
Two left-foot strikes in the space of two minutes completed Livsey’s hat trick and then further goals from first Macy and then Molly Ellis completed the scoring.
On Saturday the Under 13s travel to Beighton Magpies in the first round of the league cup (11am).