THE West Riding County Women’s Football League will be completing their fixtures over the next two weekends.

Although most divisional leaders are confirmed, some final placings are yet to be decided.

In County Third, Athletico returned to competitive action with a Sadyha Akhtar hat-trick after 20 minutes. Centre-back Nadia “Al-Niña” Nazir put in a solid performance throughout the game, however hosts Crofton fought back to score either side of the break to make it 3–2. Ikra Ali added to Athletico's tally to try to settle the game, before Crofton pulled another one back. But Megan Medley scored two well-taken goals to end the game at 6–3. Athletico are currently third in the Division, but can finish no higher than second.

Looking ahead, Burley Trojans, who lost 5–1 to second-place West Yorkshire, have already arranged a prestigious pre-season friendly. They have been invited to play England fans Lionesses at the home of Bury FC, Gigg Lane, on July 3rd, with tickets available through

County Second runaway leaders Hepworth United were unbeaten in the league and were requiring a result at Field to cement the leadership. But Field were confident of spoiling their party.

Hepworth had a number of 1v1 chances stopped by keeper Emily McKinley. Despite Field having good possession and creative play, Hepworth stayed tight and compact and kept Field from breaking through their defence. However Hepworth capitalised on their chances as an Abi Iggleden brace gave them a 2–0 lead at the break.

The second half was a very different game and Field held their own, keeping Hepworth from scoring again with some quality defending. Field were unable to score, the 2–0 score-line giving Hepworth the divisional championship.

The County First Champions were confirmed some weeks ago as Leeds United u21. The bottom two are noted as being Dewsbury Rangers, who lost both matches of their double header with second-placed Morley Town, and Tyersal, who signed off the season with a 5–2 loss to Sherburn White Rose, the scorers being Lauren Burnett and Hayley Robinson.

The County Premier championship is already wrapped up, as Yorkshire Amateur are in pole position with games in hand. Runners‐up spot is currently occupied by Leeds Medics and Dentists, after their final game saw a 5–0 win over Ripon City, who are unable to finish above third. Despite this, their game at Thackley began very lively and both teams seemed up for it.

After just four minutes, Thackley gave away the ball too cheaply only to be punished as Ripon took the lead. Then just before half-time a 25-yard screamer that Katie Bailey had no chance of saving to put Ripon 2-0 up.

Just after the break, a through ball found Annie Nicol to slot home, however Ripon then scored from the spot. But shortly afterwards Nicol shot from 25 yards, the ball landing over the keeper into the far corner. Ripon snuck in for an easy finish and a 4–2 win.

Lower Hopton were hoping to increase their chances of stealing second place when they recently played two games against Brighouse Sports.

At Woodend Road, Brighouse pressed well and created some chances using the wings, however after 20 minutes of battling they were losing.

The second half saw Brighouse pushing against the well-organised home side. With no substitutes and players carrying injuries they kept battling. Keeper Steph Barraclough made some terrific saves, tipping them over the bar time after time. Dani Anthony grabbed her second when an unstoppable shot was cannonballed past Brighouse’ defence and into the bottom corner.

The return match, at Lightcliffe, saw both teams struggle in a slow, goal-less first half. In a scrappy second half, Hopton’s Dani Anthony put them in front. Brighouse came close but Anthony’s tap-in and Bethany Ellis’ left-foot shot gave Hopton needing two wins to take the runners-up spot.

Bradford City’s Development side won their Reserve Division game at Barnsley 4–1, with goals from Maya Schofield, Hannah Markey, Crystal Knapton and Hollie Barraclough.

But there was a disappointing end to the season as they went down 7–1 at home to a strong Huddersfield Town side. A second-half strike from leading goal-scorer Hannah Markey was her eighth of the season.