Huddersfield Town Ladies felt they missed out on a big opportunity to bag a first home win of the season when they drew 3-3 with Nottingham Forest.
They dominated the first half of their FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division clash, but were 2-2 at the break.
And they then had to rely on a penalty from Emily Heckler 13 minutes from time – plus a tremendous late save from Laura Carter – to ensure a share of the spoils.
Town dominated from the start with player-of-the-match, central midfielder Sarah Dobby, and Kate Mallin playing wide right combining well.
Heckler and Beth Jennings had shots saved before the former opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a lob over the keeper, after being put through by Dobby.
Vicky Abbott then had a great shot tipped over and Mallin was just wide with another effort before Forest got a 33rd-minute equaliser against the run of play.
A minute later, Abbie Mullen crashed a shot from close range against the Forest bar, but Town re-took the lead on 41 when a Mallin free-kick was turned in by a defender.
Forest levelled things up again, however, just a minute before the break with a penalty, and they played with much more conviction in the second half.
Dobby went off after an hour and Forest took advantage to lead again on 66 minutes.
Town were now up against it, but with 13 minutes remaining the ever-dangerous Heckler was taken down in the Forest box and scored from the spot to make it 3-3.
The first team travel to Derby County on Sunday (2pm).
Town’s Development team went down 4-2 at a strong Blackburn Rovers side, scorers being Kirstie Hunt and Leah White.
On Sunday the Development team are at home to Middlesbrough Reserves (2pm at Storthes Hall).
Also on Sunday, the newly-formed A team (open age) will play their opening game in the Sheffield Women’t League at Barnsley Development (2pm).
Town Under 16s won 4-1 at Wickersley Youth with an excellent performance.
Nicky Whitehead clipped a post before Amy Broomhead put Town ahead on 10 minutes, following a tremendous run by Tara Duce.
Wickersley gradually grew into the game and the enforced substitutions of Faye Allen and Ella Harris through injury caused some disruption to Town.
Isobel Pare in the Town goal saved well from close range, but the home team levelled on 28 with an unfortunate Whitehead own goal.
Town, however, dominated the second half, scored three, could have had several more and played some excellent football.
Four minutes in, Claudia Smith-Calvert restored the lead as she turned in Abbie Rayner’s cross, and two minutes later she benefited from a clever through ball from Ellie Womersley.
Then 15 minutes into the half the game was effectively over as Duce’s low shot found the bottom corner.
Wickersley were combative and aggressive but they were no match for Town, who had Eleanor Smith in fine form.
When Wickersley did threaten, the excellent back four of Rose Priestley, Laura Walker, Isobel Boothroyd and top player Imogen Pow snuffed out any danger.
The Under 16s are at home to Barnsley this weekend (10.30, Storthes Hall).
Town’s Under 14s beat Sheffield United Community 4-0.
They took the lead early with an own goal by the Sheffield keeper and extended the lead, after United had hit the bar, through Haigh on 25 minutes.
Town had plenty of chances and extended the lead in the second half when Hughes and Burgin connected well before sending Waller through to score.
Brookes made a fine save to keep the clean sheet before Burgin wrapped up the scoring. Harriett Waller was player of the match. The Under 14s have a free weekend coming up.
Town Under 12s beat Doncaster Belles 2-1.
They went ahead on 20 minutes when Kay finished well from a Gaby Pearson pass, and the same player put Town two up on 47 minutes.
Laura Hulme was player-of-the-mtch while the back three of Skye Kirton, Keira Millward and Alyssa Valenti put in some timely challenges.
Late on, Lillie Lawson, Alex McKie and Amiee Nuttall were all denied.
On Saturday the Under 12s travel to Shaw Lane Aquaforce (11am).