Blackburn Northern 3 Huddersfield Dragons 0
DRAGONS were desperate to improve on recent performances against fellow strugglers Blackburn, and although missing key defender Gerrard, the visitors were happy to welcome back Alice Cowdell for her first game.
Huddersfield looked lively in the opening exchanges, but again were unable to convert the chances created, and despite some excellent forward link-up play between Durrans and skipper Maddaford, they struggled for that elusive goal.
The home side soaked up the pressure and hit on the break taking the lead just before half time.
Blackburn extended their lead with another breakaway goal in the second half.
Huddersfield struggled to find a way back into the game and although never giving up, a third goal from a short corner meant the game was well and truly beyond reach.
Team: Creedon, Benson, Higginbottom, Dobson, Smeaton, Cowdell, Longstaff, Fillingham, Maddaford, Thomas, Durrans, Hough
Huddersfield Dragons II 1 Leeds II 0
THE first of two games for the Ladies Seconds who were hoping to keep their strong promotion chances alive started brightly, with Lisa Middleton putting away the only goal of the game.
Huddersfield keeper Martin then kept the Dragons in the game with a man-of-the-match winning performance.
Team: Martin, DiNapoli, Stacey, Dunne, Monchuk, McEwan, Smeaton, Hargreaves, Middleton, Walters, Bagshaw, Roberts, Hemsley
Huddersfield Dragons II 1 City of York II 3
THE second of the Seconds’ games started well when a Sarah Walters penalty corner was slipped to Lisa Middleton who made no mistake in slotting it home.
That was, however, to be the turning point of the match and not in the direction Huddersfield wanted. Tired legs showed for the Dragons and a young, fit York side took advantage and drew level just before half time.
York went ahead from a penalty corner and the final nail was put in the coffin when a York striker found herself alone in the D and scored.
Team: Creedon, DiNapoli, Stacey, Monchuk, McEwan, Smeaton, Hargreaves, Middleton, Walters, Bagshaw, Dobson, Morrell
Huddersfield Dragons III 2 Colne Valley II 0
DRAGONS were consistently thwarted by the Colne Valley defence and the first half remained goalless.
But after a half-time talk the Dragons were determined and finally saw their efforts rewarded with a good strike from captain McCallum.
Dragons were clinging on as the visitors started to pile on the pressure, however the home defence stood strong, led by Gail Hamer, and finally Bailey broke through to make it 2-0 to secure the points.
Team: Martin, Morrell, Hamer, Moorhouse, Carter, Gowing, Mallinson, Bailey, Bates, Clapham, Bland, McCallum.