A heavy defeat by Wolves left Huddersfield Town Ladies sixth in the FA Women’s Premier League North Division.
The Storthes Hall side, back in action after three weekends of inactivity, went down 4-0 at the home of Hednesford Town.
Wolves started brightly and threatened early on, shooting wide after three minutes.
Katie Lockwood broke down the right and drove across the face of goal. Debbie Hastings collected the ball but shot wide.
Town went behind in the 14th minute when a speculative effort from a very tight angle somehow squirmed under keeper Laura Carter’s body and was touched home by Amber Quick.
Three minutes later Wolves doubled their lead when a free-kick was headed home by Natalie Widdal.
Town couldn’t get their passing game going and were giving away possession far too easily.
In the 22nd minute a Hastings cross was headed wide by Emily Heckler in one of the few first chances created by the visitors.
On 35 minutes Town almost pulled a goal back when Hastings ran towards the area, only for a Wolves defender to intervene, clearing the ball over her own keeper and against the bar.
Six minutes before half-time, Jennifer Kikomeko made it three for Wolves following some poor defending and a goalmouth scramble.
Town created chances early in the second half.
A Lockwood shot was well saved and then a Heckler header from a Kate Mallin cross went wide.
But in the 67th minute, any lingering hope of a fightback was extinguished when Vicky Abbott conceded a penalty which Wolves captain Danielle Selmes put away.
The introduction of Beth Smith in the second half did give Town some much needed attacking flair she was named player of the match.
Town take on Chester-le-Street in the second round of the League Cup Plate at Storthes Hall on Sunday (2.00).
The second team went down 3-1 to Guiseley Vixens in the FAWPL Reserve Northern Division.
Rachel Sherrard scored in the first half.
Town lost keeper Ellis Fletcher-Heeley to injury during the game.
The Under 18s were 6-1 winners over Dronfield Town in the Sheffield & Hallamshire League, maintaining their 100% record.
The early exchanges were tight and while Town had the majority of the possession, clear-cut chances were few.
Maddie Walsh opened the scoring in the 14th minute.
Dronfield, who had only 10 available players, levelled on 25 when a mix-up between stand-in keeper Laura Neimantas and her defence gifted a chance.
It was one-way scoring in the second half.
A corner found the net off Beth Halligan’s body, then Jess Holland netted after an excellent passing move down the right.
Sian Lewis converted from a corner, then Holland scored her second goal before Ella Gill made it 6-1.
Town continued to pressurise Dronfield but could not find further goals.
Sheffield United Junior Blades visit in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Saturday (10.30).
There are also home League Cup ties (10.30) for the Under 15s, against Dronfield Town, and the Under 13s, against Doncaster Belles.
Both sides had their games postponed last weekend.