Halifax move up to third in Premier League

Kingston upon Hull 2

Halifax Ladies 3

HALIFAX Ladies moved into third place in the Premier Division following an excellent victory at the KC stadium.

Halifax started well and were by far the better team, with excellent passing and linking throughout the side.

The visitors went close on a number of occasions but could not put the ball away. Halifax continued to work hard and were eventually rewarded with a goal by Kate Walsh following an excellent pass from Emma Crawford.

Halifax failed to push on and let Hull back into the game and they eventually scored an equaliser from a short corner routine before half-time.

Halifax were the better side again in the second half and scored a second goal when Jane Greenwood picked up the ball at the back of the D and smashed it through the keeper and into the net.

Although Halifax continued to hold the upper hand and went close on numerous occasions, they struggled to find the net until an excellent pass from Katie Love found Kate Walsh to put them two goals ahead.

Hull began to fight back and were rewarded with another goal from a short corner, however, Halifax held on to gain another well earned three points leaving them behind Leeds and Doncaster II in the standings after seven games.

Halifax Ladies III 9

Driffield III 1

HALIFAX stormed to the top of the table after coming from a goal down to inflict a heavy defeat on their Driffield counterparts.

Despite conceding the early goal there was never any doubt that Halifax would emerge from the encounter with the points.

The team responded to falling behind and soon won a penalty corner which was injected by Emma Clarkson and slotted home by Marie Whitehouse. Clarkson soon added a second after a superb ball in from Charlotte Moss on the right wing with midfielder Rachel Hoyle adding the third. Midfielders Jo Hardingham, Stephanie Hoyle and Man of the Match Hannah James we dominant and protected the Halifax defence giving them time to enjoy the sunshine. Just before half time the ball came in from the wing to give Whitehouse her second of the match.

Halifax did not relax in the second half and kept the ball wide, stretching the Driffield defence - a tactic which soon paid off with James scoring the fifth.

Driffield did not give in and managed the occasional foray into the Halifax half but defenders April Hendy, Sharon Jones, Amy Campsall and Rachael Robertshaw easily dealt with any threats leaving keeper Claire Donson with little to do.

Clarkson put away another two for her hat trick, with Whitehouse, not wanting to be outdone, soon putting away her third of the afternoon. Nicola Boulton finished the scoring late in the game.