The weekend’s women’s football programme was decimated last weekend, with no games played, but there were some games the previous weekend.

In the West Riding County Women’s Football League Premier Division, Thackley were away to Morley Town, who play at Woodkirk Academy.

Thackley started off well, as a Megan Butterworth penalty was soon followed by a Luzia Negru goal, plus one from the prolific Lois Cooper to put the Dennygirls 3–0 up at the break.

The second half saw the visitors play even better, as they hit six goals without reply, Cooper scoring five in the 9-0 rout.

County Second leaders Athletico were hoping to continue their current good form at home to Knaresborough Town, who were defending a remarkable 15-month winning run in the league.

Bradford side Athletico created the first few half-chances, with Town restricted to breakaway attacks.

In the 10th minute, with Athletico’s ’keeper out of position and scampering to get back into the goal, Lorna Wilkinson placed her shot into the far corner of the net to give Knaresborough the lead.

Soon after, Athletico had a deflected shot from just outside the area that looped over the visitors’ goalkeeper and in, before they scored a second from a free kick, a beautiful side-footed effort that found the back of the net.

Just before the break, a goal-bound shot was tipped around the post by Athletico’s keeper at full stretch, diving backwards.

Town pressed forward to find a way through for an equaliser in the second half, but excellent defending by Athletico and superb goalkeeping by the home stopper prevented this, and the Bradford side ended up with a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

In County Third, Bradford United were involved in a close and intense game against Huddersfield Amateur Reserves, as they fought to get a win.

Within the first few minutes, a beautiful long pass to Zahra Batool led to Bradford’s first goal. Lamisah Achha then saved a penalty, but Huddersfield soon found their feet and were 3-1 ahead at half time.

In the second half, Batool raced past Huddersfield’s defenders to reduce the deficit, but Huddersfield’s attackers soon slipped past Bradford’s defenders and found the net once again.

In the last 15 minutes, Bradford dominated possession and created many opportunities but were unable to find the net, as the game finished 4–2 to the visitors.

Tyersal had a good first half-hour at Kinsley, with some particularly good play from Dilly Mann and Becca Ogden.

But though the Bradford side fashioned plenty of chances, they failed to take any of them, and after taking their foot off the gas, hosts Kinsley took full advantage to go 2-0 up ahead before the interval.

In the second half, a Tyersal corner led to a Stacie Baylis goal, but the visitors were unable to score again, so suffered a 2-1 defeat.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tyersal (red) drive forward in their narrow defeat to Kinsley.Tyersal (red) drive forward in their narrow defeat to Kinsley. (Image: MB Photography/Mike Bedford.)

Please note that there will be some changes to this Sunday’s WRCWFL fixtures, but Premier Division side Bradford (Park Avenue) are at Pontefract Sports & Social's Harewood Avenue pitch for their League Shield Preliminary Round tie.

Meanwhile, Bradford City’s FEP U19 ‘A’ side travelled to Birmingham City last Wednesday for their Community & Education Football Alliance (CEFA) League Cup game that saw some outstanding football in challenging circumstances.

The 1-0 win sees them top their group to go forward to the knock-out stage.

In the league, there was a dominant performance from the ladies at home to Stoke City.

Their 8-1 win featured some outstanding goals, including an hat-trick from Girl of the Game, Crystal Boyce.

The West Riding Girls League Under-17 Cup quarter finals saw Thackley Blizzards 3-0 down after 30 minutes’ play at Garforth.

Thackley pulled the score back to 3-2 but the hosts scored two more to re-establish their three-goal advantage at the break.

Thackley’s Victory Chinweuba scored an incredible second-half hat-trick to make it all-square, but Garforth scored again to go through 6-5 after a remarkable match.

Elsewhere, Halifax FC Women found themselves 2-0 down against AFC Fylde in an FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division match at Kellamergh Park.

However late goals from Shauna Legge and Darcie Greene secured a point.

In further good news for Halifax, they have re-signed Danielle Whitham from Leeds United.

The hard-working, experienced midfielder was an integral part of the squad in their first season at tier-three level.