A late equaliser eludes the improving visitors

Halifax Ladies’ first point in the North League shouldn’t be too far away judging by their display in a 3-2 defeat away to leaders Chapeltown.

The visitors pressed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages and they appear to be improving week on week.

The teams were evenly matched throughout, Halifax being unable to take their chances and the Leeds side breaking away to score against the run of play after 15 minutes.

Undeterred, Halifax produced some excellent link play between the midfield and attack but they fell further behind following a penalty corner.

In the second half, Halifax again worked hard and distributed the ball well, narrowing the gap with a penalty stroke from captain Jane Greenwood after a home defender had stopped the ball on the goalline with her foot.

Chapeltown restored their two-goal advantage from a penalty corner but Michaela Holroyd made it 3-2 and Halifax then started to dominate and the home side were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Halifax seconds won 1-0 away to Slazengers II with a bare 11 players.

The game was a tough one from the first whistle butHalifax were dominant with midfielders Margaret Bottomley, Ruth Bury, Claire Waldron and Adele Cocker controlling play.

Ten minutes before half time Bury ran through the middle of the field and set up Dani Parker, who dodged the keeper and squared for Rachel Hoyle to score on her debut for the side.

The second half saw some tight defending from Jess Speight, Alison McManus, Sue Kelly and Tracey Helliwell plus a couple of saves from Annie Staples which ensured Halifax moved up to fourth in Division Three.

Halifax Ladies IV had a mixed weekend with a 2-0 success over Bradford University I followed by a 4-0 defeat away to their Doncaster counterparts.

A combination of great teamwork, excellent work rates and a desire to be first to the ball was decisive against a young and very fit university side.

Harriet Wood opening the scoring when she sped down the wing, drove into the D and when her first shot rebounded off the keeper’s pads she slotted home the rebound.

Claire Donson pulled off several fine saves to retain the lead and the second half proved equally ferocious, Claire Robertshaw cli nching victory when she had a clear run into the D and a superb strike gave the keeper no chance.

In Sunday’s re-arranged cup match at foggy Doncaster, Halifax pressed hard in the early stages but Doncaster scored on the break and this seemed to galvanise them.

Sasha Pennyward saved a penalty flick in the second half and April Hendy dug deep in midfield but injuries to captain Angela Wright and fellow midfielder MJ Hamilton took their toll and Doncaster ran away with the contest.