WITH no Town Ladies first-team fixture and the reserves hit by a postponement, the spotlight was on the juniors – but neither the Under 14s nor the Under 12s could conjure a victory.
The older side suffered a 6-1 setback against Cestria, Georgia Cooke getting the consolation goal and Hannah Leech being named player of the match, and they will look to bounce back against York at Grange Moor on Saturday (10.30).
The Under 12s went down 5-3 at home to Hebden Bridge Saints.
Town started slowly against a bigger and more experienced side, and despite some good goalkeeping by Holly Coulson, were three down by the 11th minute.
Amy Thompson reduced the arrears before the break, then pulled another goal back midway through the second half.
The visitors made it 4-2 with a breakaway goal soon after, but with Holly Boyd and Annabelle Pullan outstanding at the back and midfield trio Kate Riley, Katie Hemingway and Lauren Buckley starting to click, Hebden Bridge were put under pressure.
Continuing to push forward and so leaving space at the back cost Town a further goal with five minutes left, before Paris Shingleton scored the home side’s third.
Hemingway was voted player of the match for Town, who are next in action at Hemsworth MW on Saturday (10.30).
The Under 16s have a derby clash with Lepton Highlanders at Grange Moor on Sunday (11.00).
The first team take on Sheffield in a North-East Regional Women’s Premier League clash at Emley on Sunday (2.00), while the reserves go to Nostell MW, also at 2.00.