BRIGHOUSE Sports were hoping to continue their good form in WRCWFL Invitational Cup Group A, with a trip to Leeds Medics and Dentists’ 3G pitch at Weetwood.

Medics were still without a win after last week’s opponents Farsley Junior Reserves had chalked-up a first tournament win against them. However a lacklustre first half was bookmarked by two unfortunate goals. A lack of concentration saw Medics score straight from the kick-off, and a speculative lob ended up in the back of the net.

Brighouse showed character in the second half to recover, as fifteen minutes in, they were awarded a penalty that Louise Stringer safely slotted away. An equaliser came as Lou Berry’s fantastic free-kick found captain Demi Topliss, who served the ball in the back of the net. Brighouse gained the lead through Sarah Hemingway. Leeds turned up the pressure, leading to Sports giving away a free-kick, and Medics getting back level. The teams weren’t going to settle for a draw, and Leanne Smith blasted Brighouse’ winner into the bottom corner with 15 minutes to go. A great team effort saw tired legs hold out for the 4–3 win.

Yorkshire Amateur lead the group by one point, after an injury-time goal saw them beat Morley Town 3–2, with Lower Hopton also in the mix.

In Group B, Ilkley Town had posted their first competitive victory of the new season last week, with a 4–1 score against former Regional League side Harrogate Railway, Eva Curren, Isabel Macina, Millie Ogden and Chloë Parker the scorers. They had a close match away to Brayton Belles, but were on the wrong side of a 4–3 scoreline.

Skipton Town hosted leaders Ripon City in an entertaining game. Emily Throup and Katie Driver were on target for a much-improved Skipton, but Ripon secured another narrow 3–2 win.

Queensbury Celtic travelled with 10 players to a rainy York RI for a Yorkshire u18 League Cup Group C tie. Shoanna Clark hit the back of the net for an early lead, but York hit two to lead at the break.

An incredible, battling performance resulted in an equaliser 10 minutes from time, as Olivia Fraser smashed the ball into the roof of the net for her début goal, with Emily McKinley saving a penalty shortly after for a well-deserved point.

Bradford City won 4–1 to lead Group B. They also currently lead Division 1. In a good weekend for the team, captain Anaayah Charles won a Team Archie Player of the Year award.

Bradford City under-16s are through to their League Shield Semi-finals after beating Farsley. The under-15s are still in their League Cup competition. The under-14s are also in the League Cup Semi-finals, but their best result is after beating Rothwell, they are officially League Champions!

After playing Burley Trojans and Bradford Park Avenue, Thackley are looking for further friendlies.