In cold and wet conditions Halifax under 12 Girls continued their campaign to climb the league following promotion a fortnight ago.
Halifax started their first match against Harrogate slowly and were caught half asleep by the opposition who opened the scoring within the first few minutes.
Halifax woke up and good midfield play by Caroline Belland and Dahlia Al Jawad applied the pressure before a pass from Robyn Fawkes found Katie Illingworth in the ‘D’ who flicked the ball home to bring the score level.
Unfortunately, Halifax were then caught on the break allowing Harrogate to secure a 2-1 win
A 0-0 draw with Leeds Adel followed where in a fairly even game both sides were unable to convert their chances.
Good work in midfield by Jodie Staples and Al Jawad was complemented by the defence of Leah Kalter and Jess Wilson who kept Leeds Adel at bay.
Halifax then played out another goalless draw with Sheffield.
Halifax dominated the game with shots from Fawkes and Illingworth narrowly missing the goal before a short corner saw a shot from Fawkes stopped on the line.
Halifax finally broke their scoreless run with a 1-0 success over York when a skilful dribble by Fawkes saw her enter the ‘D’ and fire the ball home to take the lead.
Halifax were unable to find a second goal while good defensive work by Jess and Annie Denton, together with some fine saves by
Regan Midgley, saw Halifax claim the win.
The final game against Leeds A was another where both sides failed to find the net. Both teams were evenly matched in midfield and despite Halifax having the slightly more possession they were unable to find a way through.
HALIFAX under 14 girls endured a tough morning against three of Yorkshire’s top teams in a cold and wet session at Park Lane.
Without two of their influential players, Cara James and Corrie Jackson, it was left to Laura Neimantas and Molly Midgley to try and sort out the defence. However, good performances from both were all to no avail as the team were caught cold in the first game against Rotherham, the outstanding visiting centre forward scoring five times in the 6-0 defeat.
The second game saw Grace Ramsden and Rebecca Kendall becoming more assured and with Lizzie Mayland working hard Halifax were able to compete with a strong Sheffield team.
Neimantas and Midgley were ably assisted by Amber Penny-Ward and Leigh Hirst while Sasha Penny Ward made some good stops in the Halifax goal to deny Sheffield.
Chloe Bush, Beth Connell and Zenah AL Jawad were able to make the occasional attacking move and passed the ball very well to keep possession but the game ended goalless.
The effort expended in the Sheffield game seemed to take it out on Halifax and the third outing was a game too far as Ben Rhydding ran out 3-0 winners.