Halifax bounce back after opening game defeats

TWO wins and two defeats were a reasonable return for their morning’s work as Halifax under 12 Girls completed their final competition at Leeds University.

The first game ended in a 1-0 defeat by Driffield. Halifax started the match in explosive fashion and were immediately on the attack with Robyn Fawkes, Katie Illingworth and Caroline Bell driving the ball into their opponents ‘D’ but without any reward.

Halifax had 90 per cent of the possession but were unable to convert it into a goal and just before the final whistle Driffield had a rare attacking move which resulted in them nicking the result.

That was followed by another 1-0 defeat - this time by Hull

Halifax found themselves in a midfield battle with both sides threatening their opponents goal. Good saves from Regan Midgely kept Hull at bay but once again Halifax were unable to find their goal scoring touch.

Despite good defence work by Leah Kalter and Jess Wilson, Hull grabbed a last minute winner.

It was better news in the third game as Halifax comprehensively beat Rotherham 3-0.

Halifax changed keepers with Illingworth trying her hand between the posts allowing Midgely to assist in a defensive role.

Halifax were determined to break their goal drought and did this in style with Fawkes breaking down the right wing and entering the ‘D’ before firing the ball home at the far post.

Rotherham were barely in the game as the Halifax midfield of Fawkes, Bell, Wilson and Jodie Staples ran riot and the pressure told with Fawkes grabbing a further two goals to claim her hat-trick.

Halifax started their final game against Leeds in a confident mood and that was reflected in the 2-1 win.

Halifax were immediately on the attack and with pressure in their opponents ‘D’ the ball broke to Midgely who slotted the home to open the scoring.

Leeds fought back and despite good defence work grabbed the equaliser. They continued to press only to be denied by some good goalkeeping and kicking by Illingworth.

The Halifax midfield worked tirelessly and eventually a square pass by Fawkes found Bell in the ‘D’ and she fired home to give Halifax the deserved win.