THACKLEY were 1-0 down in their West Riding County Women’s League Premier Division game at Ripon City.

However, a spirited and hard-working second half performance ensured a 2-1 victory for the Dennygirls, with goals from Megan Butterworth and Kath Connell.

In the Second Division, Thackley Reserves lost 4-2.

Two quick goals from visitors Ackworth set the tone. A fightback spearheaded by Sarah Binns was cut short as a goal from a corner and a set piece put Ackworth 4-1 up.

A sublime ball from Nicki Hanson, finished by Meg Schofield, opened the game back up at 4-2, but late pressure from Thackley had no effect.

Phoenix had a close, muddy encounter at Farsley Celtic Juniors Development, with both keepers tested. Ikra Ali broke the deadlock in Phoenix’s favour with five minutes remaining.

A limited First Division programme saw Ilkley Town beat Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves 5-4.

Bradford (Park Avenue) remain fifth in the North East Regional Women’s League Southern Division, despite losing 4-1.

Avenue were 2-0 down at the break and visitors Hull United soon increased that lead to 4-0. Millie West scored a consolation with an impressive strike from the halfway line.

In the Premier Division, Farsley Celtic Women lost 5-1 to Redcar, despite an even game which saw the Celts’ Kate Donnan lob the keeper to score from 30 yards out.

Brighouse Town Women are through to the first round of the Women’s FA Cup.

The first of three first-half strikes against Merseyrail was Becky Gompertz’ first goal for Town. Acting captain Emma Dobson marked her 150th football game with a second, and Amy Woodruff completed the scoring. Merseyrail battled back but the score remained 3-0.

Town will be away to Chester-Le-Street in the next round.

Bradford City's Reserves lost 5-2 at Sheffield FC in the FA Women's National League Reserve Northern Division. Corina Riley scored both of City's goals.

In the Yorkshire U18s League Cup, Queensbury Celtic beat Castleford White Rose 2-0. An own goal and a Rav Panesar strike sealed victory.

None of the women’s teams in the district will be in action again for at least the next month, due to the new ‘national lockdown’ that is coming into force tomorrow at midnight.