There were limited local matches due to Mothering Sunday and the weather, with some teams switching their games to their opponents’ ground.

Thackley were at home to Brighouse Sports for a West Riding County League, Premier Division fixture.

The first half saw Thackley going 1–0 ahead through Carly Doyle. Despite having only 10 players on the pitch, Brighouse played fantastically, and continued to defend and push. A decision to move Taylor Julian up as striker proved crucial, as not long after a through ball saw her place it nicely into the back of the next to make it all-square at the break.

The second half saw Thackley ahead through Meg Woolias, and Brighouse defending hard. The visitors had several more attempts up front but with only one forward it was hard for them to push through. Sports’ ’keeper Chelsea Jessop did play well but Thackley’s Player-of-the-match Lu Negru put away a penalty, dominated play down the left-hand side, and scored another as Thackley won 4–1.

Silsden have been on-the-road for their last two League games.

A slow first half at Leeds Medics & Dentists’ Bodington Hub cost Sils momentum, as they were losing 2–0 at the interval. In the second half, the Dragons produced a much-improved performance, but the Pinks scored two more excellent goals, including a very well-executed long-range strike, to go top of the table.

A commanding first-half display at Morley Town’s Woodkirk Academy 3G pitch saw Sils take the lead after a superb, lofted drive from Lucy Ogden. Then a lovely pass from Chloë Latham led to a great turn and finish from Anna Fryers to give the Dragons a 2–0 lead at the break.

The second half saw Morley come back into the game with a Dani Shepherd goal, before Megan Gillibrand made the points safe late-on.

Bradford (Park Avenue) have been busy in the transfer market, as they looked to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline. Megan Butterworth, Lois Cooper, Megan Dunlop and Sophie Mitchell all join the club after recently starring for Thackley.

Bradford’s last match was a League Shield tie in the Round-of-16, at home to Wortley.

Avenue were marginally better in a difficult first half that saw good competition from their visitors, as the hosts took a 1–0 lead into the break.

The second half was a very different affair, as Wortley tired. Avenue became ruthless, playing some very good football and smashing their chances created in the back of the net to secure a 7–2 win, with goals from Emily McNulty, Kirsty Russell-Holt (2), Millie West and Jade Nelson (3). The Player-of-the-match was Alice McUrich. The quarter-final on April 7th sees Bradford away at Pontefract Collieries’ Beechnut Lane ground.

Unfortunately Skipton Town Development were knocked out by Leeds City in a 2–0 defeat at Adel.

Other Round 2 ties were delayed until Sunday. Field are away at Lower Hopton Development, with the victor at home to the winner of the Burley Trojans v. Boroughbridge tie taking place the same day. The only local match this coming Sunday sees Bradford City play their NERWFL Cup Round-of-16 match against Altofts at Horsfall.

The West Riding County FA Women's County Cup Final, between Leeds Modernians and Halifax FC, will be played on Thursday, May 9th at Fleet Lane.

Halifax did re-arrange their last two FA National League, Northern Premier Division matches as away fixtures, after pitch problems at Quaker Lane.

Away to Nottingham Forest, there were chances for both sides, and Halifax defended well. After a goal-less first half, it was felt that the game could have gone either way.

With less than 20 minutes to go, the deadlock was broken by Nottingham. Sophie Domingo’s low cross found substitute Louanne Worsey, who slotted the ball out of Becky Flaherty’s reach. Two further goals sealed the three points for Forest.

Away to Derby County, Halifax did have a few first-half chances but found themselves 2–0 down at half time.

On the hour mark, a corner was headed away, however 17-year-old Manchester City loanee Maddie Oliver's reactive thunderbolt strike from outside the box got Halifax back in the game. The Eagles were on level terms following Katie Ramsden's great finish, before going behind after Ewes’ Marli Rhodes-Andrews completed her hat-trick. An Ellie White put away a penalty to ensure that the points were shared.

Before the game it was announced that Halifax will no longer be playing their home games at Quaker Lane, following Liversedge FC committee’s decision to restrict usage of the ground to their own games.

The mid-week home game against Burnley on Thursday (March 14th) has been moved to Longfield Avenue (Golcar United), but there is an urgency to arrange an alternative venue for their remaining home fixtures, with discussions currently taking place.

● Well done to everyone who took part in the local International Women’s Day Five-a-side football tournament.

The event, organised by Bradford Community Sports Development Team, was held recently at Manningham Sports Centre. The runners-up were Starlet United, and the winners Goals on Duty (pictured).