ACOMB Ladies kept alive their hopes of promotion from Yorkshire League division one with a hard-fought 1-0 win at lowly Huddersfield Dragons II.

The result was a bit of a mixed bag for the Tangerines – it means that they kept ahead of the chasing pack in third place with two games remaining but, with the top two both winning, the race for promotion places is now out of their hands.

Acomb struggled to make an impact despite chances from a number of penalty corners, but some good saves from the home keeper ensured a goalless first half.

Immediately after the restart, however, Jess Slater was on hand to tuck away a rebound from a narrow angle after skipper Kerry Woods' shot had been saved well following good work from Vicky Wrigley and the tireless Georgi Wood.

The youthful home side seemed to get stronger and faster but the Tangerines' player-of-the-match Becky Flower made some important interceptions and tackles to stop some of the Dragons' advances.

When they did get through, keeper Stephanie Barker made some good saves from penalty corners which ensured a clean sheet and three points despite the game being a trickier contest than it could have been.