Invincible Town Ladies finish season with perfect league record

Harrogate Town Ladies are celebrating after finishing the 2016/17 season with a 100 per cent league record. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogate Town Ladies are celebrating after finishing the 2016/17 season with a 100 per cent league record. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate Town Ladies completed their inaugural season with a perfect league record after beating Stokesley by a 3-2 scoreline.

In their final North Riding Womens Football League fixture of 2016/17, Jon Maloney’s invincibles twice came from behind to claim a dramatic victory, recording their 16th win from 16 matches.

Yet, the title-winners headed into the last 10 minutes of Sunday’s fixture in danger of losing their 100 per cent record at the final hurdle.

Trailing 2-1 with just seven minutes remaining, Town’s Grace Adams popped up with a wonder goal, beating five defenders before calmly slotting the ball past the home keeper and levelling the scores.

Buoyed by the strike, Harrogate kept pressing and were rewarded for their efforts when substitute Karolina Gasiorowska netted an 88th-minute winner.

Earlier, Becky Davies had struck five minutes after half-time to make the score 1-1, but Stokesley re-took the lead on the hour-mark and remained in front until Maloney’s side staged their late rescue act.

Sixteen-year-old wing-back Nicole Smith was named Town’s player of the match.