Hepworth were looking to make amends for their poor start after lockdown 2 and were hopeful of claiming points in a fixture they won last season after a thrilling performance, and with an afternoon kick off and for once some sunshine hopes were high. On a much smaller pitch at Failsworth it was going to be a tight, compact and intense battle and so it was. Hepworth started brightly on the front foot and caused a few early scares for Crompton before they were hit on the break on 5 minutes and as they stood off the attackers, Hepworth were hit for hesitating and found them selves a goal down. Five minutes later and a lack of concentration cost them again and they were trailing two goals to nil. This seemed to spur Hepworth on and they started to gel, lead by Captain Sophie Badrock and aided by a strong performance from Sophie Mayes they started to play the ball about and stem Crompton's passing. Emily Wood and Katie Bird were heavily involved in blocking and tackling and were looking to send balls through the Hepworth's attackers but Pia Rhodes was often having to come deep herself to collect the ball. totally against the run of play Hepworth fell a further goal behind as Crompton broke and all stood and watched as they raced towards Ruby Duke in her goal, and despite getting her hand to the shot she was unable to stop it hitting the back of the net.
The players knew they were too nice and respectful and were determined to re enter the second half with more aggression and determination and that they did, creating numerous chances but could not score. In fact they were very unlucky to concede a fourth goal on 36 minutes as they had been the more creative side. Despite the team working hard and playing way better in the second half they could not turn the game around and suffered defeat just before the Christmas period and have lots to build on after the two week break.
The Referees player of the match award was given to Sophie Mayes who had a superb game.