Huddersfield Town Ladies climbed to second in the Northern Women’s Combination as they beat Chorley 2-0 at home.
Chorley had been ahead in the table going into the game on goals scored, and Town started the game a little nervously with regular keeper Laura Carter ruled out due to a one game ban for her red card against Leeds Vixens.
Stand-in keeper Alarna Fuller was soon called into action and pulled off a very good save four minutes into the game.
The home side settled and on 16 minutes Kirsty Russell squared the ball for Emily Heckler to score, and Town’s second arrived 10 minutes before half-time when Kate Mallin played a defence
splitting pass for Heckler to hit her second of the game.
The win takes Town Ladies up joint second in the division with a game in hand on most of their rivals and Fuller was named player of the match for a fine performance in goal.
Town are at home Cheadle Heath Ladies at Storthes Hall on Sunday (2.00).
Town’s Reserves were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sheffield United Community Ladies as they kicked off their season in the Women’s Premier League.
After a goalless first period Town took the lead nine minutes into the second half when Shauna Messenger scored, and their lead lasted until the 71st minute when Sheffield United got an equaliser.
Town thought they had won the game when Sofie Armitage hit a second with only five minutes of the game remaining but United equalised.
The reserves make the long trip to Newcastle United Reserves on Sunday (2.00).
Town’s Under 16 side notched a 4-1 home win over last year’s league champions Sheffield Wednesday.
Town were four goals up by half-time with Maddie Walsh scoring twice, and there were one each for Katie Lockwood and Jess Holland.
Sheffield managed to pull a goal back but Town’s defensive line held well and new signing, centre half Alex Bailey, was named player of the match.
The Under 16 side are at home on Saturday when they take on Handsworth Juniors (10.30).
The Under 14 team started their season with a 2-0 win away at newly-promoted Barnsley.
Town took the lead following a strike from Eleanor Smith and they kept up the pressure until half time with shots from Amy Broomhead, Tara Duce, Ella Harris and Lauren Bullock.
It wasn’t until the closing minutes of the game that Town added their second with good work from Bennett and Ella Harris giving Broomhead the chance to score.
The Under 14 side travel to Millmoor Juniors on Saturday (11.00).
The club’s new Under 12 outfit kicked off their campaign with an impressive 8-1 win away to Whiston Wildcats.
On 15 minutes Macy Ellis broke clear to put Town one up and three minutes before half-time Alicia Marriott played a ball through to striker Olivia Beaumont who put Town two up.
Town started the second half in great style and player of the match Beaumont completed her hat trick with two strikes in the first two minutes of the second half.
Molly Ellis netted Town’s fifth and soon after captain for the day Gwen Hughes scored the sixth.
The Wildcats grabbed their consolation goal with 15 minutes of the match remaining, but further goals from Ellis and Beaumont secured the victory for Town.
Left winger Olivia Burgin almost made it nine late in the game with a well-struck shot but it was well saved by the Wildcats keeper.
The Under 12 team have a home game at Grange Moor against Chesterfield Ladies on Saturday (10.30) and the squad are still looking for a suitable goalkeeper – currently in school year six or seven.
Anyone interested should contact David Mallin on 07801-901346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org