Hat-trick for Hartley as Halifax cut loose

Halifax Ladies 5

Hull II 0

(Yorkshire Premier)

A hat-trick from Zoe Hartley and two goals from Emma Crawford gave fourth-placed Halifax a convincing win over lowly opponents in the Yorkshire Premier.

They made a good start with some fine passing, taking the lead through Crawford in a goalmouth scramble.

Hull had a few short corners but weren’t able to convert and Halifax applied good pressure and extended their lead when Crawford slipped a pass through to Hartley, who with help from the wind slammed the ball home. Some brilliant defending helped Halifax keep a clean sheet.

In the second half Halifax looked composed on the ball and Sam Smith’s brilliant pass enabled Crawford to make it 3-0.

Hull lacked composure in front of goal and fell further behind when an excellent drive down the right from Emma Bedford paved the way for Hartley to sweep the ball in.

The rout was completed when Kate Walsh ran from half way and cleverly slipped the ball left for Hartley to round off an excellent Halifax display against very physical opponents.

Sheffield Hallam 2

Halifax II 1

(Yorkshire Division Two)

Halifax were under pressure from the off in their first game of the weekend and were beaten by lowly opposition in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield played an excellent passing game and were first to the ball on most occasions. They took the lead when a shot took was deflected off a stretching Halifax defender and past the ‘keeper.

Halifax tried to get into a high-tempo, end to end game with some good work in mid-field but few chances were created.

Play continued at a fast pace in the second half.

The visitors were unable to take advantage of a short corner and fell further behind when ‘keeper Liz Stead was given no chance with a great strike at a penalty corner.

Halifax pulled a goal back late on through Margaret Bottomley but it was too little too late.

Selby 2

Halifax II 3

(Yorkshire Division Two)

A HAT-TRICK from Dani Parker helped Halifax atone for their defeat the previous day and climb away from the relegation zone.

They looked sharp from the off with some great passing down the right involving Adele Cocker, Louise Bottomley and Michaela Holroyde,

An illegal tackle earned Halifax a penalty corner and Bottomley’s sweet strike went to Holroyde near the post and she was unfortunate to miss.

Halifax were dominant with great passing and communication throughout the team and they were rewarded with Parker’s first goal of the match.

The visiting defenders did their jobs well when needed and Halifax extended their lead with a long-range move. Sue Kelly played the ball out of defence to Parker on the half way line. She made a great solo run and with the Selby ‘keeper rushing out, Parker struck the ball well and it deflected into the goal off a Selby stick.

Halifax needed more of the same in the second half but the home side scored next following a Halifax mix up on half way, ‘keeper Liz Stead being unable to keep the ball out after an initial diving save.

Undeterred, Halifax retained possession well and got a third when Adele Cocker linked with Holroyde, who made a good run down to the back line before setting up fellow forward Parker.

Selby got a second but Halifax left with three much-needed points.

OTHER SCORES - Yorkshire Four: Driffield III 1 Halifax III 1. Yorkshire Seven: Halifax IV 4 Driffield IV 0.