Huddersfield Town Women defeated on final game of the season.
Huddersfield Town Women welcomed an already relegated Hull City to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 8th May but ended the season in defeat to finish sixth place.
Town Women dominated the early exchanges of the game and there were chances for both Laura Elford and Kate Mallin but after 16 minutes a long-range strike from Helen Lynskey flew over Laura Carter in goal to give the visitors the lead.
Hull would soon double their advantage as on the half an hour mark a corner was swung in and it dropped fortuitously to Hull’s Lynskey who rifled it in to make it two. Town Women responded quickly through, top scorer, Elford who came through 1 on 1 following an excellent lobbed ball by captain Vicky Abbott, the forward shooting with power on the edge of the box to beat the standard keeper.
The second half was dominated largely by Town Women again with good spells of attack coming from the left-hand side, but nothing transpired into a goal.
Then, on 55 minutes, an emotional farewell for Laura Carter as she was given a guard of honour by both set of players as she left the pitch for her final Town Women Game following 20 years with the club.
The home side continued to dominate, and Mallin came extremely close again as her free kick forced a brilliant save from the Hull keeper. The game proceeded to be well-managed by Hull and despite a strong challenge from Town Women during the final few moments they were unable to find an equaliser. The game finished as it was a at half time: 1-2 to the visitors.
The full-time whistle not only ended the 2021/22 season. It also called time on Vicky Abbott’s footballing career as Town Women’s long-standing centre-back will be hanging up her boots alongside Carter’s goalkeeping gloves and Katie Stanley’s captains’ armband.
Town Women win silverware in County Cup Competition
Barnsley 0-5 Huddersfield Town Women
Terriers win cup for third time in six years
Elford hat-trick followed Fletcher and Sanderson goals
Huddersfield Town Women have been crowned the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup champions following a convincing 5-0 win against Barnsley Women at Doncaster Rovers’ Eco-Power Stadium.
A second-half Laura Elford hat-trick and goals from Serena Fletcher and Britt Sanderson secured Town Women’s third County Cup title in six years.
Both teams started the match brightly exchanging quick attacks as either side looked to grab an early advantage. After 14 minutes it was advantage to the Terriers following a well-worked move by Yasmin Mason before finding Fletcher poaching on the edge of the box – her strike finding the back of the net.
HTAFC Women made it two just ten minutes later following a smart counterattack that beat the offside trap. Fletcher setting up Sanderson who shot on the turn to double Town Women’s lead. The first half concluded with the Terriers two goals ahead.
The second half saw Huddersfield’s leading goal scorer take centre stage with Elford scoring her first, Town Women’s third, in the 58th minute. Two quick goals within the final ten minutes completed Elford’s hattrick.
In her penultimate game for Town Women after a decade at the club, Vicky Abbott thought she scored in the final moments of the game when her rebounded header was ruled offside, nevertheless the celebrations started moments later following the referee’s full-time whistle.
First Team Manager, Glen Preston expressed his happiness:
“I am delighted for the club, players and staff that we could give them some silverware to celebrate, because I think everyone deserves it.
“The players versus Southampton gave it everything a week ago to try and make that a possibility and we came up short on the day, and so to bounce back in the manner we did today was a credit to all involved. We played some great football, scored some quality goals and so for me it’s a fitting way to round the season off.”
MORE POST MATCH COMMENTS
There was also silverware for Huddersfield Town Women’s development team as they secured their Reserve league title following a 5-0 win against league-title rivals Chorley Reserves. This completed a double-silverware weekend for HTAFC Women who conclude their season on Sunday 8th May as they welcome already relegated Hull City Ladies to the Stafflex Arena.
HTAFC Women chance at silverware against Southampton
Town Women feature in their first ever FAWNL Cup Final
Tough challenge against on-form Southampton
How fans can support Terriers.
Huddersfield Town Women will play in their first ever FA Women’s National League Cup final this Sunday 24 April as they face the Southern League leaders Southampton at the ARMCO Arena, home of Solihull Moors FC.
Their journey to the final started back in September when Town Women featured in the competition’s preliminary qualification round against Boldmere St. Michael’s FC from Sutton Coldfield. This round determined which tournament each team would feature in, with the winner progressing into the FAWNL Cup competition and the loser competing in the FAWNL Plate. Town Women have been runners up in the Plate tournament twice previously.
A convincing 7-2 win saw the Terriers move into the FAWNL Cup tournament where they faced fellow league and North Yorkshire rivals Middlesbrough at the Stafflex Arena. Then manager Steve Appleton saw his side victorious 3-2.
The next round saw Town Women travel to face Loughborough Lightning just a week after knocking the Midlands team out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. The Terriers remained dominant, progressing into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win, the same scoreline as the previous week.
This win set up a fierce quarter-final West Yorkshire derby between Huddersfield Town Women and Brighouse Town Ladies. After three failed attempts to play the fixture, the game finally took place on February 23. A Laura Elford hat-trick alongside top scorer Britt Sanderson’s strike (4-1) saw the Terriers progress further than they had ever achieved in the tournament to date.
Town Women’s semi-final opponent was then tier four league toppers’ Liverpool Feds. A Katie Stanley header just after half time proved to be enough for the Terriers as a 1-0 victory saw them progress into the FAWNL Final for the first ever time.
Captain Stanley feels no pressure going into the match on Sunday 24 April:
“No pressure just more excitement. It’s games like these you want to be a part of. The thought of lifting the trophy on behalf of the club is the best way, and only way to round the season off.”
Huddersfield Town Women face Southampton who sit top of the Southern Premier Division and are set to face Northern Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers in the promotion play-off for a place in the FA Championship.
Manager Glen Preston is excited for the occasion:
“It’s a momentous occasion for the club and another sign of how the club has grown over the years that we are in a position to be able to compete for honours as big as this.”
“We have made 1 or 2 finals in the past in other competitions and just fallen short, and so we have to want this one more this time around, we can’t allow ourselves to have the mind set of just being happy to be a part of the occasion, everyone has to do all they can to find a way to win.”
WHAT TO EXPECT
Southampton FC have been a dominant team within the Southern Premier Division securing the league title in their previous fixture against Portsmouth. Netting 22 times in their last four games reflects their overall season form in front of goal. The South Coast side have won their last nine consecutive games during a streak of 24 games unbeaten.
Founded in 2016, Southampton FC are affiliated to Premier League Southampton and have progressed up the Women’s football pyramid in quick succession. The club are preparing themselves for professional status with promotion to the second tier only being one play-off victory away.
Their route to the final started in the qualifying round against Cheltenham Town where they won 3-2 away from home. They then travelled to league rivals Ipswich Town (who knocked Southampton out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on penalties) and beat the East Anglian team 1-0. A succession of home ties saw Southampton knock out MK Dons 2-1, Hashtag United 1-0 and finally a semi-final win against Crawley Wasps 2-0. Their next stop, Huddersfield Town Women in the final.
On paper Southampton will likely be the favourite based on form and momentum however the Terriers are well aware of the threat of their southern opposition as Town’s number 4 Kate Mallin explains:
“I’m sure that they’ll be tough. They’ve scored an awful lot of goals this season and have conceded very few. We need to start quickly and play sensibly and not concede early. If we play to our strengths, we have a chance of an upset against Southampton who will be heavy favourites.”
Manager Glen Preston is also cautious of the opposition:
“Southampton are now a massive club within the women’s game, they have resources that we can’t match and so no doubt we will go into this game as underdogs, but everyone loves the challenge of trying to out-perform a big-dog, cup games like this make this even more possible.”
“We don’t know much about our opposition, which limits our preparation, and they will know everything about us so they hold a minor advantage there, so our preparation just needs to be about what we do well as a team and ensuring we leave everything on the pitch on the day; mentality will be key.”
HOW TO WATCH HTAFC WOMEN
The game will take place at the ARMCO Arena, B92 9EJ on Sunday 24 April, Kicking off at 3:30pm. Huddersfield fans will be able to purchase tickets on the gate with prices listed as £5 Adults and £2.50 Concessions.
Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.
Huddersfield Town and Burnley play-out 0-0 draw under the Stafflex Arena floodlights.
Goaless between both sides.
Bethan Davies gets another clean sheet
Town Women remain fifth place.
Town Women moved up to 42 points following a goalless draw to sixth place Burnley in the FAWNL. Despite having more of the ball throughout the match, the Lancashire vistors failed to trouble Bethan Davies in goal, likewise Huddersfield had some threatning attacks however all mostly ended up not troubling Lauren Bracewell.
The only talking point from the first half was a potential goal scored by the home team. A dangerous Kate Mallin corner was flicked on towards goal with the Burnley keeper punching the ball towards her own goal, however the referee didn’t reward the goal. On close inspection the ball didn’t cross the line therefore the home team won’t feel hard-done-by.
The second half saw both teams dominating either half with Burnley enjoying more possession and chances for the first 20 minutes of the half. However Town Women started to pile the pressure on to find their opener. Britt Sanderson saw her shot bounce off the woodwork before another, well-saved chance in the final ten minutes. However, both sides never created any clear-cut chances, opting to share the points.
Manager Glen Preston, saw a missed opportunity:
“It was a fast paced, intense game between two teams who were absolutely throwing everything at it.”
“But in the dressing room we’ve got a group of dejected players because they felt they did enough to win the game. We easily created the 4-5 biggest chances of the game, Burnley play some great football around the box but at a price of leaving the back door open in transition, we did everything we could to exploit that but just couldn’t score.”
The fast-pace fixture list continues this Sunday 17th April when the Terriers host Loughborough Lightning at the Stafflex Arena, 2pm KO for fans wanting to attend this fixture.
Huddersfield Town Women defeated by title-bound Wolves
Wolves win 2-1 against Terriers
Paige Crossman on scoresheet again.
Thoughts of manager, Glen Preston.
HTAFC Women suffered their first defeat in three games on Sunday 3 April as Paige Crossman’s goal was not enough to overcome top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A Marie Gauntlett double saw the hosts collect another three points at the CKW Stadium as they move to within one game from winning the FAWNL title. Despite having dominance within the league, Town Women remained competitive in both fixtures against Wolves.
Infront of over 450 supporters, a relatively large amount for tier three football, the game opened to both sides looking to settle themselves into the game.
Wolves looked the more threatening within the first twenty minutes, coming relatively close with a direct freekick and testing Bethan Davies in goal. However, the hosts found the back of the net when an unmarked Gauntlett managed to chip a diving Davies from 25 yards out.
Town responded positively enjoying more chances in the remainder of the first half. On her 500th appearance for Huddersfield Town Women, Kate Mallin assisted Town Women’s equaliser where her corner was met by the head of Paige Crossman.
The second half started with Wolves ramping up the pressure although both sides failed to create any clear-cut chances early on. The home side evidently switched their tactics in the second half opting for longer balls down the wings – this proved successful as a quick throw and long pass allowed Wolves the chance to pass the ball across the box to an unmarked Gauntlett, again, who tapped the ball to Davies’ left to score a brace.
Both teams would continue to battle in midfield with Wolves continuing to be threatening from the wings and Town Women working their way through the midfield central positions. Town had several chances to equalise although Shan Turner did enough to protect her side’s one-goal lead. At the other end Wolves managed several shots on target however Davies confidently saved with her hands.
The full-time whistle sounded to the delight of the home side with Wolves one point away from securing the FAWNL title in their maiden-season in the league. Town Women fell to fifth place however with a game in hand, can move up to challenge for the top three places.
HTAFC Women manager Glen Preston commented after the game:
“I think 90% of that game you couldn’t separate both sides. They had one, maybe two shots all half – one of them was the goal.”
“I think overall, this is a difficult place to come to as Wolves are on good form, secondly the pitch has made it borderline impossible to play any football today as it was incredibly hard and bobbly all over, thirdly we were without our top two goalscorers today who would’ve been ideal for us physically – and yet we still gave a good account of ourselves in a very even affair.”
HTAFC WOMEN TEAM 33 Bethan Davies (GK) 12 Autumn Housley 19 Paige Crossman (80′ Alice Linsell) 3 Beth Ibbotson 15 Georgia Marshall 57 Mia Parry 23 Serena Fletcher (80′ Yasmin Mason) 6 Lauren Griffiths 7 Katie Stanley (C) 9 Ria Montgomery 4 Kate Mallin (67′ Falone Sumaili)
Huddersfield Town Women returns to County Cup action on Thursday 7 April as they face their own development team in the semi-final. A unique game that can be watched by Huddersfield supporters with tickets available on the day at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA.
Town Women return to league action against promotion chasing Fylde Women.
Terriers looking to get third consecutive win and clean sheet.
Kick off Wednesday 30 March at 7:45pm at Mill Farm
Comments from coaches Danny Alogba and Luke Haigh
Just three days from Town Women’s 3-0 win against West Brom Women, the Terriers are back in league action as they travel to the west coast under the floodlights on Wednesday 30 March.
They face a Fylde side who currently sit in third place in the FAWNL and have an eye on the promotion places, although their seven-point gap and extra game played may make it a tough ask for the remainder of the season.
Town Women find themselves in fifth place on 35 points, just six points behind their opponents and with a game in hand. Therefore, an away win could give Town the chance to move up a place to fourth and be within striking distance of Fylde with their extra game.
Coming into this fixture ‘the Coasters’ are recovering from their heavy defeat to Burnley. A close, 1-0 victory against bottom-placed Hull saw the west coast side return to winning ways. Before this blip, Fylde had been unbeaten in the league since early November. Meanwhile Town Women travel to Mill Farm following two straight clean sheet wins in league and cup.
This momentum is something that the team are looking to maintain says Danny Alogba:
Fylde are a different test in comparison to WBA and after our first fixture earlier on in the season we are preparing for a physical battle, in which we know if we play to our strengths we will come out on top.
Commenting on Town Women’s current defensive record, goalkeeper coach, Luke Haigh sees the game as a tough test:
Fylde are a very strong side, and we will have to be at our very best to get a result against them.I live for clean sheets and so does [goalkeeper] Bethan Davies. I would rather win a game 2-0 than 7-2. Our defence starts from the front. A strong defence is the foundation to a strong team.
The previous meeting between both teams saw AFC Fylde’s second league loss of the season when a newly appointed Glen Preston saw his first game in charge come off with a dominating 3-0 win at the Stafflex Arena. Goals from Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin meant that Preston’s return was a happy one, and kickstarted the three-month unbeaten form.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Scoring a brace against West Brom, Brittany Sanderson will be looking to extend her lead as HTAFC Women’s top goalscorer this season. Her 18 goals stand just two ahead of returning forward Laura Elford who played her first full game since returning from injury last weekend.
Bethan Davies has been impressing at the other end, making several crucial saves against the Baggies including a close-range fingertip save to force the ball onto the crossbar. The goalkeeper will be looking to secure her third consecutive clean sheet.
Fylde’s Faye McCoy is never shy of finding the back of the net. She sits as the opposition’s top goal scorer with 19 goals. Town Women will also have to watch for Amy Hughes who has been on the scoresheet regularity in Fylde’s last six games.
HOW TO WATCH HTAFC
Town fans are able to watch the Terriers in action at AFC Fylde’s home ground at Mill Farm. Tickets can be purchased online (visit AFC Fylde’s website for more information) or on the gate. Prices are £5 Adults and U16 Juniors £2.
Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.
Huddersfield Town Women victorious at home against West Brom Albion.
Sanderson scores brace, Stanley on scoresheet.
Town Women get a league clean sheet.
Thoughts of Manager, Glen Preston.
HTAFC Women came out of a scrappy affair with all three points on Sunday 27 March.
With both teams having multiple chances it was Brittany Sanderson who found the net twice, one in each half. Captain Katie Stanley was also on the scoresheet at the start of the second half. Their goals were enough to secure the victory for the Terriers.
Coming into this game, both teams found themselves mid-table and looking to end the season in good form. The game opened to both sides creating half-chances without creating any threats. Although The Baggies hit the crossbar around the 12th minute.
Town Women’s first chance occurred moments before their opening goal when captain Stanley fired a volley over the bar, however HTAFC Women didn’t have to wait long as Sanderson poked the ball just past the WBA goalkeeper into the back of the net.
Albion Women would hit the crossbar once again before the break with Shannon Stamps being denied by the woodwork for the second time in the game. Although moments later Town Women came close to their second with Albion’s goalkeeper making a big save.
The second half opened in good fashion for the Terriers with Stanley converting from a corner routine, started by Sanderson. Huddersfield would continue adding pressure, with Serena Fletcher’ shot being saved by the WBA shot stopper.
Gameplay became rather stop-start during the final half hour with a number of bookings being made by the referee. This theme continued when Town Women were awarded a penalty in the final five minutes. Sanderson stepped up to convert with a rocket into the bottom left of the goal. The aftermath of Town’s third goal saw a number of sending offs and sinbins being given to the visitors’ as tensions continued to rise.
A scrappy final couple of minutes saw Falone Sumaili impress as she made her first team league debut, having a couple of shots that were blocked inside the box. The full time whistle sounded to the delight of the home team as Preston’s side secured their first league win in nearly a month.
Manager, Glen Preston reflects on his side’s flow throughout the game:
“We started slowly today, the first 25-30 minutes West Brom were very good and in charge of the game. But as the game progressed, we started to take over and ended the first half very strong, we had chance after chance in the second half. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half in difficult circumstances with the referee.”
The Terriers successfully defend their home turf as they advance to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup competition.
Huddersfield Town Women 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC
Town bounce back from their last-time-out defeat versus Derby in the league and are still going strong in the late stages of two cup competitions
Laura Elford made the difference in her first substitute appearance after returning from injury
Elford’s impact off the bench the difference as Town deservedly come out on top of a back and forth Yorkshire derby.
Glen Preston’s well set up side came into this tricky cup tie aiming to put the disappointment of their trip to Derby in the league to one side.
Stafflex Arena played host to a open affair with both sides having their fair share of half chances and periods of possession, after kick-off was delayed due to the referee being late. A good old classic cup tie!
The game started off with the flow of a basketball game with every defensive stop leading to a fast paced counter-attack, which neither side could quite make count in the opening proceedings of Sunday’s game.
A big contributing factor to the fast pace of the match came from the hosts’ effective high press, which negated Doncaster’s ability to play out from the back and forced them into mistakes.
Town came close to making the pressure count at the half hour mark, as Mia Parry weaved her way through the midfield and sent the ball through to Brittany Sanderson, who created space to get a shot away from 25 yards which narrowly skimmed the crossbar.
The opposition then quickly responded minutes later in the form of a first time volley which was hit hard but kept on rising.
The half time break then came with Town slightly edging first half proceedings, and the second half got underway in a similar style, with the Terriers coming out swinging and winning two quick fire corners in the space of the first two minutes.
The 60th minute came, and Laura Elford was introduced in place of Ria Montgomery as Town’s first substitution, in a game and competition which interestingly has rolling substitutions.
Elford, only 5 minutes into her appearance, created a good chance for herself as she cut inside from the right wing and got a snap shot off only for it to be met by the expectant gloves of the Doncaster goalkeeper.
Elford came close again at the 70th minute mark, pouncing on a loose ball from a goalmouth scramble with the resulting shot going just over the bar, then minutes later Town ‘skipper Katie Stanley unluckily having a goal chalked off due to offside.
The clock then ticked by the 75th minute when the hosts picked up the ball from the midfield following a Doncaster goal kick, and it was Elford again who took the ball from the halfway line and got a shot off. This was parried by the Belles ‘keeper into her own net, giving Town the lead!
Town then closed out the last ten minutes effectively, including debut appearances from the bench for Lois Scholefield and Falone Sumaili, both on their first call-up from the Huddersfield Town Women Development squad, to secure qualification to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup.
Huddersfield Town Women Starting Line Up: Bethan Davies, Autumn Housley, Vicky Abbott, Beth Ibbotson, Paige Crossman, Georgia Marshall, Mia Parry, Zoe Laughton, Katie Stanley, Ria Montgomery, Brittany Sanderson. Substitutes: Laura Elford, Lois Scholefield, Falone Sumaili
Next time out: Huddersfield Town Women FC vs West Bromwich Albion, FA Women’s National League, Stafflex Arena, Sunday 27th March, 2pm kickoff.
HTAFC Women defeated on the road against Derby County Women
– Derby end Town Women’s 4-game winning streak. – Terriers remain in fifth place. – Comments from Coach Kamran.
Huddersfield Town Women lost their first league game since mid-January on Sunday 13 March with the hosts controlling majority of the game to keep all three points.
Coming into this game following a four game winning streak, HTAFC Women found themselves on the backfoot throughout the game as the home side continued their pressure on the top spot in the league. A first half strike by Sophie Domingo was followed by an Ellie Gilliatt brace during the second half as Town Women failed to mount any challenge on the Derby goal.
The game opened to both sides trying to get a feel for the game. Derby looked to be more organised and started to create chances through long balls over the Town Women back line, however no clear cut chances were created during this period.
As the game entered the half hour mark, the ‘Ewe-Rams’ came close to opening the scoring as they managed to hit the ball past Bethan Davies in goal, but the ball trickled just wide of the right post, Huddersfield Women would try their chances on goal however the closest of these shots, by Britt Sanderson, flew over the bar.
Derby did manage to find the back of the net just before half time with Domingo taking advantage of a low driven pass just outside the box. The forward hitting the ball past Davies’ right into the goal, where their previous chance had just missed. This was the last major event in the half as the Terriers looked to improve in the second half.
The first ten minutes of the second half were HTAFC Women’s brightest moments of the game with HTWFC Development Team regular Macy Ellis enjoying several crosses into the box and creating multiple chances. However, the Derby keeper maintained control.
On the hour mark the Ewe-Rams doubled their lead courtesy of substitute Gilliatt striking from 25 yards into the back of the net. Town Women failed to deal with the high-ball leading to the chance from outside the box.
Any hopes of staging a comeback were dashed when Gilliatt scored her second, Derby’s third just ten minutes before the end of the game. Another long range strike from 25-yards beating Davies in goal. Moments later Gilliatt could’ve secured her hat trick but was denied by the crossbar.
Town failed to create any more chances in the final moments of the game, with the full time whistle ending a miserable afternoon for Town Women.
Following the match, first team coach Kamran Hussain focused on the positives:
We come away from the game 3-0 but felt like it was a game of big moments. Overall the difference in the two teams wasn’t that far apart. The first goal coming just before half time changed the outlook going into the changing rooms at half time for sure. The start of the second half we thought we dominated and came out with a real fight about us. Then one moment from one player and they score the 2nd goal which takes the life out of us. We come away knowing we need to be better but also can’t be too harsh on ourselves.
As a collective we all demand a very high standard of eachother. We know we can do better so it’s back to training and preparing for our county cup fixture. We all spoke after the game and are eager for next Sunday fighting for some silverware.
Derby County Line Up
Sophie Doming, Jade Formaston, Precious Hamilton, Sarah Jackson, Emily Joyce, Sherry McCue, Sarah Morgan, Kira Rai, Amy Sims, Megan Tinsley, Emelia Wilson
Huddersfield Town Women are delighted to welcome experienced goalkeeper, Daniela Kosińska to the club for the rest of the season. Daniela joins us from fellow-league side Loughborough Lighting although has had spells with Stoke City, Aston Villa Women, AZS Biala Podlaska and Slask Wrocław, amongst others.
On joining Huddersfield, the young Polish goalkeeper is excited to get started:
“I’m very pleased to join the team. Huddersfield is the team that every single club in the league takes seriously. I’m absolutely buzzing to sign for the club that sets high standards and fights for the trophies every season. It’s a new challenge in my life and I’m 100% ready for it.”
Daniela is likely to feature within Town’s matchday team this weekend as they travel to second-placed Derby County Women. You can read all about the game in our matchday preview.