Elite outfit prove too strong but ladies offer hope

Brighouse Town Ladies welcomed Premier League North side Leeds Ladies to the Dual Seal Stadium for what was their fifth pre-season friendly of the close season.

Town were still missing several players from the squad but were able to field a strong side against a Leeds side who, on their showing, will be challenging for the league title this coming season.

Leeds ran out 6-0 winners but the score didn't really reflect the overall game or tell the whole story.

In fact it was Town who had the better of the opening exchanges and had it not been for some poor finishing could have seen themselves a couple of goals ahead.#

Leeds, however, were very well organised and capitalised on any Town mistakes with some clinical finishing as well as playing the ball around without any real pressure put on them.

Town struggled to build on a positive start and looked a little disjointed.

A lack of communication has been a common theme and its something that will need to be rectified by the start of the campaign. It was 2-0 at half-time and Town looked to get back in to the game.

Despite a massive improvement in the second half, Brighouse Town conceded a further four goals, all from distance, which was disappointing for manager Rob Mitchell who saw his side fail to produce any real threat despite having had the better of the chances.

The difference between the two sides had to be end product with Town playing some neat passing football and build-up play which ultimately resulted in nothing.

Another friendly out of the way, lots of positives but still plenty to think about for Mitchell who should have close to a full-strength squad away at Manchester City on August 23 (2.00) at the Academy complex.