Brighouse Town Ladies maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a nail-biting 4-3 win at home against Hull side Malet Lambert,
Town gave themselves a mountain to climb early on but showed great character and determination to come back and move up to second in the table.
Brighouse made the worst possible start by conceding two early goals but responded well and Rachael White hit the bar before Chloe Roberts broke free and her deflected shot beat the ‘keeper to make it 2-1.
Town drew level thanks to a touch of good fortune when Amy Hesselden hit a hopeful shot from distance only to see the ‘keeper spill the ball into the goal.
Town had the chance to take the lead from the spot when Olivia Dangerfield was brought down, Jayne Smith stepped up but the ‘keeper made a superb save.
Town looked settled and assured at the start of the second half while Malet worked hard and pressed the ball which forced a mistake at the back and allowed them to take a 3-2 lead.
Town weathered the storm and Debbie Tomlinson came to the fore driving forward from deep on a couple of occasions, one of which was superbly finished.
That sparked yet more Brighouse pressure and Rachael White managed to turn away from her marker and fire her into the top corner.
Next up is a home tie in the FA Cup against Liverpool side Woolton LFCon Sunday, October, 6 (2.00) at the Dual Seal Stadium with free entry.
Brighouse Sports Ladies beat their reserve team 12-0 in aWR Women’s Cup qualifying tie.
The first team took complete control in the second half when Leanne Smith scored two quick goals to complete her hat-trick.
Sarah Hemingway then got in on the act, firstly scoring from close range, then winning a tackle in the centre circle and racing through to confidently fire home.
Lauren Doyle then netted from just inside the area before Hemingway completed her hat trick,. Five minutes later Hemingway capped off a terrific display with her fourth goal. Doyle then scored her second before Smith rounded off the scoring with two excellent strikes from outside the area.
On Sunday Brighouse Sports travel to last season’s champions Harrogate Railway, and the reserves entertain Deighton.