Halifax slip to fifth place

Halifax Ladies 2

Ben Rhydding II 5

Halifax Ladies travelled away to Ben Rhydding in the Yorkshire Premier league fixture, their hosts being only a point behind them in the table.

Ben Rhydding started well and immediately put the pressure on the Halifax side, who struggled to find their form, and were without two key players at the start of the match.

Although the home side came close they couldn’t put the ball away, and after keeping the ball out of their net Halifax had a break against the run of play and Emma Crawford put the ball away following a pass from Zoe Hartley.

The Halifax side managed to fight off the continued pressure from Ben Rhydding and the score remained 1-0 at half time.

In the second half, a change in formation from the Ben Rhydding side gave them renewed vigour and they again pressurised the Halifax defence.

Halifax kept working hard and at times put some excellent passes together, one of which led to a short corner, which Crawford put away from a slip to the left from Hartley.

Having let Halifax have a two goal lead gave the Ben Rhydding side something to fight for and they upped their game, quickly getting one goal back.

Ben Rhydding were the better side on this occasion and at times tore the Halifax side apart.

Ben Rhydding were rewarded with four more goals and a deserved win, putting them ahead of Halifax who slip into fifth position.

Halifax Ladies IV 6

Sheffield University 1

An excellent win for Halifax, even with three mid-fielders with a total age of around the 150 years starting the game.

No surprise that, while the Halifax side were finding their feet and their positions, Sheffield found the back of the goal first after about 10 minutes.

However, Halifax soon came back with a fantastic first goal by Harriet Wood on the right wing who had a great game backed up by Charlotte Rowbotham who showed great determination, gaining her the man of the match.

Two more goals followed from Halifax before the half time whistle, first one by left winger Hannah Newby and centre forward Gail Crabtree.

Going into the second half, Halifax were gaining confidence and Mary-Jane Hamilton secured the fourth goal from a lovely pass into the D from centre midfield, Linda Clarkson.

Some great defending by Rachel Rozier, Laura Neimantas and Lauren O’Neill kept Sheffield out of the Halifax D and Sasha Pennyward showed real confidence in goal, making short work of a couple of good strikes on goal by the Sheffield team.

Halifax finished with two goals from short corners in quick succession; first by Clarkson and then from captain Anj Wright.