NORTHALLERTON ended the season with two defeats on Saturday, but that did not take the gloss off what has been a record-breaking year for both of the club’s teams.
The firsts lost 1-0 away against Skipton, who needed to win to be sure of avoiding relegation.
Northallerton had the better of the first half, and Claire Chapman came closest to scoring with a reverse-stick effort.
Player of the match Maggie Fenwick combined well with Becky Carson on the right, but Skipton were well organised in defence, and Northallerton could not find a way through.
With time running out, Skipton pushed forward to try and secure the vital win, and they scored ten minutes from time. Northallerton battled for an equaliser, but it was not to be, and the match finished 1-0.
The result leaves Northallerton in fourth place, with one result yet to be finalised, on 36 points – six better than last year when the side finished in its highest ever league position of fifth.
Northallerton’s seconds lost 6-1 at home to second-placed Scarborough, with the consolation goal coming from player of the match Brooke Hodgson following a fine run down the right wing.
Megan Bell, Abby Robinson, Hannah Bell and Sandra Horner were all denied goals through excellent work by the Scarborough goal-keeper.
Northallerton finished fourth in the fifth division (North) – the team’s highest position since entering the Yorkshire League, scoring a total of 64 goals across the season.
A club spokesperson said: “It has been a great season, and fabulous to see some new faces joining the club, as well as youngsters flourishing in the senior teams alongside the more experienced players.”