Huddersfield Town Ladies suffered a first defeat of the FA Women’s Premier League campaign as Stoke City won 4-1 at Storthes Hall Park.
They remain top of the Northern Division, but are now level on points with Blackburn Rovers, who won 2-0 at Wolves.
Tomorrow night’s home meeting with Bradford City (7.45) provides an early chance to bounce back.
Town had the better of the early exchanges against Stoke, but it was clear early on that the visitors were strong and had pace up front.
They hit a post in the 13th minute, and went ahead in the 15th after keeper Laura Carter sliced a clearance kick.
Stoke scored a controversial second in the 22nd minute, when their striker appeared to use her hands to control the ball.
Town’s Katie Nutter and Laura Windle both put shots wide before the break.
And early in the second half, Kate Mallin’s lobbed goal was ruled offside.
Alarna Fuller volleyed home a Mallin corner in the 68th minute, then Emily Heckler shot just wide.
But in the 74th, Stoke restored their two-goal cushion, and they added the fourth in the final minute.
Camille Clarke was Town’s player of the match.
Kathryn Smith scored two goals on her debut, but the injury-hit reserves lost 7-2 at Stoke.
They visit Sheffield FC on Sunday.
The Under 18s were 6-3 winners over reigning Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls League champions Handsworth Juniors at Storthes Hall.
Maddie Walsh put them ahead after five minutes, only for Handsworth to quickly level from the spot.
Katie Lockwood restored the lead when Town won a spot kick, but the game was level again after 22 minutes.
Lockwood scored her second in the 56th minute to give Town the lead again – and this time, they were to keep it.
Ella Gill added a fourth, and while Handsworth pulled one back, Walsh completed her hat trick with two neat finishes.
Centre-back Beth Halligan was Town’s player of the match.
The Under 15s suffered a first defeat of the season, 2-1 at Rotherham Whitehill.
Town began brightly, but struggled to create clear chances.
A 3-5-2 formation left the defence looking unbalanced, especially on the left, from where Whitehill went ahead after 19 minutes.
Two minutes later, Town’s player of the match Lauren Bullock beat two defenders but could only place her shot into the hands of the grateful home goalkeeper.
The second half was dominated by the home team, who had far more possession and created far more opportunities.
It was no surprise when Whitehill doubled their lead 15 minutes into the half.
Changes were made, the midfield became more effective and Town started going forward.
Amy Broomhead chipped in to cut the deficit, but Tara Duce, playing her 50th game, then had a shot saved.
Sheffield Wednesday is Saturday’s destination.
The Under 13s made it three wins from three with a 10-0 home success against Whiston Wildcats.
Player of the match Molly Ellis (3), Alicia Marriott (2), Courtney Livsey (2) , Macy Ellis, Olivia Burgin and Brodie Haigh netted.