BRADFORD City Women suffered heartbreak when they came as close as they have all season to getting points on the board.

This came against one of the divisions most in-form sides as well.

The Bantams travelled to Derby County Ladies, who only had two losses at home to their name before the game.

A tight 2-1 victory for the hosts saw them move into fifth place, highlighting it was no easy feat for City to come so close.

Division strugglers City felt particularly aggrieved that the winning goal came in what they thought to be time over the allotted added-time at the end of the second-half.

Luke Norris took over coaching duties for this one, with manager Steve Winterburn absent for personal reasons, and he set up his young side with a narrow but solid formation that Derby found hard to break down.

The first 20 minutes were fairly uneventful, with the hosts having the only real effort in extremely windy conditions.

But then, on 25 minutes Falone Sumaili - who has impressed from the bench of late - broke through the Derby back line and rounded the keeper to give City a well deserved lead.

City's back line held strong for the rest of the half under some heavy pressure from the hosts and went in one-up at half time.

But, five minutes into the second half Derby's Stephanie Smith hit a speculative shot that eluded the Bradford defence to equalise.

City continued to battle in midfield, and captain Maisie Norde marshalled the midfield admirably, but as the clock ticked over to the 93rd minute, Grace Harrison poked the ball home with the last kick of the game to send Derby delirious while the Bantams players were left in tears as the referee blew for full time.

This was certainly Bradford's strongest performance of the season and a great response to last Tuesday's defeat at Guiseley.

Bradford face a tough home game against an all conquering Blackburn Rovers tomorrow evening, who have won every single game so far this season.