SOME women's friendly matches have taken place over the last week, with Bradford City clashing with Chorley and Bradford (Park Avenue) facing Brighouse Sports in what proved to be a thrilling seven-goal encounter.

City picked up a good 1-0 win at divisional rivals Chorley, the only goal being a lucky deflection in the first half.

In Avenue’s latest game, Brighouse Sports’ Lauren Buckley, Kennedy Power and Sarah Hemingway put them 3–0 up at half-time, before going on to win 5–2.

Avenue have also recently lost 2–1 at Thackley, after the Dennygirls’ Charlotte Hill bagged a late winner from a set-piece.

Burley Trojans won 5–1 at Hemsworth Town, the Troggs’ stand-in goalkeeper Becky Gill saving a penalty.

There was plenty of action in the Yorkshire U18s Girls Football League Division Two South too, with Norristhorpe, Queensbury Celtic and Skipton all in action over the weekend.

Queensbury Celtic put in an incredible team performance at Skipton to end a poor run of results, with goals from Katie Waters (3), Elisha Waters (2), player of the match Rav Panesar, Amelia Greaves and Shoanna Clark securing an 8-1 away win.

Queensbury have a key League Cup game at Amaranth this Saturday.

Norristhorpe were hoping for a victory to seal the title. However, visitors Castleford White Rose completed their fixtures by winning 2–1 in a hard-fought game, to take over at the summit.

Norristhorpe now need a win next month against Queensbury in the final game of the season at Warrenside, to finish top.

In the West Riding County Women’s Football League Invitational Cup group games Ilkley Town met Skipton Town in Group B.

Last week, Ilkley had been 3–0 down away to Brayton Belles before a well-deserved hat-trick from man of the match Izzy Macina made it all-square with five minutes to go.

However a late, contentious goal from the home team had left the Baht’atters disappointed to lose 4–3.

In Sunday’s game against Skipton, Ilkley took a 2–0 advantage into the break, as Shaz Munir guided home a Taylor Orchard free-kick and Eva Curran put away an 18-yard half-volley, with keeper Ellie Wilson making some good saves.

Ilkley scored another two quick-fire goals through Munir and Neve Tennant, before Beth Bancroft pulled one back.

The match ended with a Millie Ogden penalty and a second from Curran for a 6-1 victory.

Ripon led 2–0 at half-time at Silsden, and then ran riot in the second half with another eight goals to cement their lead at the top of Group B.

In local games next Sunday, Brighouse are at home to Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves, Ilkley take on Silsden at Ben Rhydding, and Skipton host Huddersfield Amateur.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town’s FA Cup adventure finally ended in the fifth round with a 6–0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Huddersfield played well, but were unable to break down the hosts’ defence.