BARNSLEY Women’s FC lost a 3-0 lead as they drew 3-3 in their top-of-the-table clash at Middlesborough in National League Division One North.

The Reds had lost their previous two league games, both to Durham Cestria, having been unbeaten in their first ten matches – so had dropped down from first to third.

The 3-3 draw meant they moved up to second, three points below leaders Boro who have played two extra games, but third-placed Hull City are a point behind with a game in hand.

Amy Beck, an own goal and Emily Pierrepont put Barnsley 3-0 up on 40 minutes but the hosts netted either side of the break then levelled on 84 minutes.

Coach Tobias Taylor said: “The girls came out strong, displaying some tremendous football all over the pitch and taking a 3-0 lead.

“It was a great header from Beck, great pressure to force an own goal, and lovely placed shot by Pierrepont.

“Middlesbrough scored with a few minutes remaining in the first half then second half saw them get more joy, with us not capitalising on our chances, and the game ended as a 3-3 draw.

“It has been a tough run of games, that has had plenty of ups and downs.

“Throughout, the girls have showed great passion, desire and work-rate to overcome the challenges presented to us by the top three teams in the league (excluding ourselves).”

Barnsley are next due to play on Tuesday at home to Stockport County at Penistone Church.

Meanwhile, Barnsley FC women’s top-of-the-table clash at Sunderland West End was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Reds remain in the only promotion place in the North East Regional League on goal difference, but teams below them have games in hand.

They are now due to host third-placed Wallsend on Sunday.

Mind over Matter won 6-1 against Wombwell Town in Division Four of the Sheffield Hallamshire League.

Jodie Stokes hit a hat-trick, Ellie Martin added two and the other scorer was Lexie Palmer-Attwood.

Mind Over Matter are now due to visit Kiveton Park and Wombwell Town host Millstone.

Pogmoor lost 2-0 at home to Handsworth in the League Cup.

Pogmoor are set to host Wickersley on Sunday.

Penistone Church are due to visit Sheffield Wednesday while Dearne and District host Barlborough.