Hebden Royd travelled away to third-placed Silsden and came away with a hard fought point in a goal-less draw.
The teams drew 1-1 in the corresponding game at Hebden Royd in October but with thir recent run of good form Hebden were hoping for more than one point.
Hannah Jones moved into the left hand side of midfield and was Hebden Royd’s biggest threat on the day and she rightly shared “man of the match” with goalkeeper Paula Statham.
Both teams did create chances but defences were on top on the day.
In the first 15 minutes Hebden’s Sarah Clegg tried an overhead kick from a corner but her attempt went wide,
Lockwood’s left foot shot was comfortably saved and centre forward Payne was off target.
Silsden proved dangerous from corner kicks and with their aerial advantage created a number of chances but Statham stood strong.
In the second half Silsden grew more and more frustrated and their tactics became aggressive and sometimes cynical.
Jenna Cobham, Hebden’s influential midfielder, was forced off with an injury.
Silsden pressed forward and again forced a number of corners.
One nearly evaded Statham as she juggled the ball on the line a number of times before holding it securely.
Silsden had a good claim for a penalty late in the second half as left back Tina Mellor robbed the Silsden forward but the referee ignored the home side’s claims.
The game ended goalless which was probably a fair result as neither team actually created a good goal scoring opportunity.
Hebden Royd’s last three games are at home at Luddenden Foot on Sunday afternoons.