Third time lucky for Halifax as Crawford goal proves decisive

Halifax Ladies 1

Ben Rhydding II 0

Halifax are up to second in the Yorkshire Premier after exacting some revenge for two earlier away defeats at the hands of the Ilkley side this season.

Ben Rhydding started well and at pace but couldn’t penetrate the disciplined Halifax defence.

The sides were evenly matched but Halifax started to gain the upper hand as Ben Rhydding started to tire.

Halifax produced some tough tackling and great teamwork in the second half. They were rewarded 10 minutes in when Emma Bedford hit towards the target and Emma Crawford slipped the ball past the ‘keeper.

Both sides continued to work hard but while Halifax went close on a number of occasions, Ben Rydding couldn’t break down the home defence.

Halifax Ladies IV 1

Sheffield Bankers 1

ANGELA Riley scored a late equaliser as the fourths followed up the previous weekend’s excellent 4-0 home win over Driffield in Yorkshire Seven with a useful draw.

After a rainy journey, the sun came out and Halifax set off well with their usual formation of three attackers, three midfielders, three backs, a sweeper and goalie, keeping the ball in the Sheffield half.

Harriet Wood made some great runs on the right, supported by Helen Chadwick-Marshall, but the visitors couldn’t get the ball past the Sheffield goalie.

Midway through the first half, Bankers won a short corner and although in-form Linda Marshall headed off the first attempt at goal, Bankers scored.

Halifax had the sun behind them in the second half. MJ Hamilton moved into a more central position, just in front of Linda Clarkson, and both had great games with strong tackling while covering much of the pitch.

Claire Robertshaw and Angela Riley provided width on the left and good work from player of the match Hamilton and Robertshaw set up Riley to make it 1-1.

Halifax had fielded a team ranging from 13 to 60 against Driffield. Leigh Hirst was player of the match on her debut and after an MJ Hamilton goal had separated the teams at half time, she added one more in the second half with Mollie Midgley and Angela Riley getting the others.

Sheffield Hallam V 2

Halifax II 1

HALIFAX struggled for cohesion in the first half of this Yorkshire Three contest but matched the opposition until conceding a goal from a long shot into the D which took a deflection.

Then, just before half time, the visitors conceded a short corner and ‘keeper Steve Sparks stubbed his clearance giving Hallam a second goal.

Halifax then took control and Dave Willis and Josh Sutcliffe pounded the home goal, only for the keeper to pull off a series of spectacular saves .

A one-two between Sutcliffe and Willis gave Halifax the goal they deserved.

The visitors spent the remainder of the match looking for an equaliser but it failed to arrive and the difference between the teams proved to be the ‘keepers.

OTHER SCORES - Men, Yorkshire Seven North: City of York IX 2 Halifax V 4.

Women, Yorkshire Four: Halifax III 0 Huddersfield Dragons III 1.