Pools Women slipped up for the first time this season on
Sunday as they were beaten 3-2 in an entertaining and open encounter at Farsley
Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes' side went in to the game on the back
of two emphatic wins but knew that they were would be in for a stifferexamination in West Yorkshire.
However, Pools started the game on the front foot and were
in front with little over a minute on the clock when Jade Pye expertly switchedplay for Robyn Foster and she ran clear to finish superbly.
It was the perfect start but Pools were unable to build upon
it and the home side were level almost immediately when they took advantage ofsome careless passing at the back and Aaliyah Allen made it 1-1.
The equaliser seemed to knock Pools completely out of their stride
and the hosts enjoyed the upper hand before taking the lead on 25 minutes aftermore hesitant defending allowed Shirley Murphy to find the net.
Pools began to rediscover their composure as the half wore
on and enjoyed more of the possession, levelling things up on 32 minutes whenFoster scored her second after great work from Justine Robinson.
Farsley keeper Chelsea Pilmer then had to make several fine saves to keep Pools at bay before the break, with Robyn Ingram pulling the strings and causing problems for the home team.
Pools began the second half just as brightly but were rocked on 51 minutes as Farsley snatched the lead again when they raced clear following more defensive woe and Charlotte Adams applied the finishing touch for 3-2.
Gibbon-Hayes responded to the setback by making a triple
change, introducing Caitlin Bates, Jenni Duffy-Smith and Sarah Rowbotham fromthe bench in a bid to regain a foothold in the game.
However, for all their dominance in the closing half hour, Pools
struggled to find a way past Pilmer who was in inspired form behind adetermined home defence.
Robinson did beat Pilmer after racing through on goal only
to see her shot come back off the cross bar, before Duffy-Smith also hit thewoodwork as Pools desperately searched for an equaliser.
It wasn't to be their day though and they fell to their first league defeat of the campaign, dropping to third place in the formative NERWFL Premier Division table.
“I am absolutely gutted with the result,” admittedGibbon-Hayes.
“It was a game we didn't deserve to lose but I will go so far as to say that it was one of the best goalkeeping performances I've ever seen so credit to her and to Farsley who are a good team.
“We just need to show a togetherness now and hopefully wecan get back to winning ways next week in our FA Cup tie.
“It's tough to take because that's the first league defeat
since I took charge but the only thing we can do is look to bounce back asquickly as possible.”
Full Time: Farsley Celtic 3 Pools 2
Pools: Lillystone, Garside (Henry 79), Stabler, Portas (Duffy-Smith 55), Stuart, Smith, Hanratty (Rowbotham 55), Ingram, Robinson, Pye (Bates 55), Foster (Robson 69).