Town Women make the 300 mile trip to Scotland to face Celtic in an exciting contest on Sunday afternoon.
The pre season fixture is a 12pm kick off at K Park Training Academy with the meeting the first for the team from West Yorkshire.
Celtic currently play in the Scottish Women’s Premier League the top division of Women’s football in Scotland, having also qualified last season for the Champions League as they made history with a win over Motherwell to secure a dream Champions League spot.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny looks ahead to the fixture with further pre season games on the roster against Fleetwood Town, Blackburn, Liverpool and Sheffield United to come before the season commences.
After a whole season in charge Wimpenny will look to assess his chances ahead of Sunday alongside the competitive nature of the opposition, with this game his first opportunity to analyse the group from the conclusion of last season ahead of the forthcoming season.
“We are looking forward to starting the new campaign with a trip to Celtic who have had a very successful season themselves and will no doubt make it difficult for us come Sunday. The game will be a challenging fixture but one that will kick start our pre season.”
Wimpenny knows competition will be fierce ahead of the upcoming season. He believes this pre season will and should be vital for the players in preparation for a big season ahead
“We know the level of teams within our league this year and we need a solid pre season to help us prepare the best way possible.”
Town Women return in style against GB Police Squad
Huddersfield Town Women defeated GB Police Football 4-0 at the Stafflex Arena on Tuesday night as they dominated large parts of the game. The contest welcomed a homecoming for many Town supporters back to West Yorkshire after a much awaited 177 days since many were last seen on home turf.
The game started with positive intent from the hosts in the sunshine as the Terriers pressed high up the pitch on the counter attack. Just after 5 minutes UK Police Football had their first chance of the game, Bethan Davies untroubled twice in quick succession after two shots on target were registered within minutes by the visitors.
The opposition did have Sarah Danby at their disposal, against her parent side, although they found it difficult to stamp any kind of authority on the game.
Town managed to open their account just after the 25th minute mark. Britt Sanderson found herself along the back line of the visitors. Cries of offside were echoed by the opposition but Sanderson continued to play on smashing the ball into the back of the net from range. The keeper was completely distracted in the process.
A one goal advantage for the hosts was the story at the break, something to build on in a very competitive first half to say the least. But it would be the second half that would open up further cracks for the opposition. A fantastic drive by Kate Mallin from the edge of the box 5 minutes after the break doubled the lead as she fired the ball in the bottom left of the goal following a corner, the ball bouncing off several bodies.
The third and fourth followed in turn, Serena Fletcher grabbing a brace in no time impressing gaffer Jordan Wimpenny and the returning fans. Her fourth the pick of the bunch as the ball was rifled into the back of the net from range, an exceptional strike in the circumstances with the third coming just beforehand, an easy tap in as she went round the opposing keeper. Jordan Wimpenny, was over the moon with the way his team continued the highs from last season.
“I thought it was a really solid performance from the team, I thought every player was excellent. I asked some jobs from players that they normally wouldn’t do and they took to the challenge really well. They were excellent in their individual performances so they all should be really pleased.”
Wimpenny is aware of the talents Serena Fletcher poses to the opposition.
“Serena I asked for many different jobs in the game and to be honest she took to each one superbly. She is a good player and she showcases her attributes, all credit to her. She should be really pleased with that performance and I’m sure she will take that into the next game.”
With the Pre-season on the horizon in a couple of weeks time, the match was perfect preparation ahead of the forthcoming fixtures which are yet to be confirmed.
Match report by: Raheil Mehboob
POST-MATCH COMMENTS | Hear the thoughts of manager @JordanWimpenny1 following our victory against UK Police Football.
HIGHLIGHTS | Watch all the goals from yesterday’s game against UK Police Football.
Town Women host UK Police Football in a Charity Showdown.
Town Women welcome UK Police Football in a fascinating charity contest on Tuesday evening at the Stafflex Arena. Entry to the game will be free of charge, 177 days after we last welcomed fans to West Yorkshire.
The much-anticipated contest, just before preseason, is a 7.30pm kick off on home turf with us meeting UK Police Football for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny was thrilled with the opportunity when approached by the opposing side and is aware that this competitive fixture will be a chance for a good insight into the group just before preseason
“This was a game we couldn’t turn down to support a great cause and help the team prepare, for us it’s another game of football and no doubt it will be a competitive game. We are in the process of reviewing and developing plans for the next season.”
Wimpenny expects the occasion to be bigger than usual and guarantees his team will provide the best entertainment possible for the returning fans.
“It’s not your typical game that you play week in week out but it’s a team who have a strong reputation and no doubt will come and look to pose problems and try to practice what they need to as a group to be in the best position to compete when the time arrives.
For us to support such a cause and to have fans in are massive for us, we are looking forward to having our fans back by our side and as always we will look to give them a game that they will enjoy watching and want to come and see more of.”
The first half started slow while both teams got to know each other. Huddersfield had the better of the chances with some good play all round.
The first goal came on 15 minutes with a cross from the right by Harriet Oldfield that fell kindly to Esmay Clarke who hit it past the keeper into the bottom right corner. Steel City still pressed well on the counter and their number 8 had a couple of decent opportunities but some excellent defending from Town kept them out.
Huddersfield came out in the second half all fired up and passed the ball around well and the second goal came on 41 minutes with good pressure from Imogen Ward causing the Steels defender to slice a clearance onto their own player and in for an own goal to make it 0-2.
P.O.M Alysia Singh then went on to score a very impressive hat-trick with goals on 44, 45 and 49 minutes with the help from yet more pressing midfield work and short corner routines from the likes of, Esmay Clarke, Izzy Cleverley and Harriet Oldfield.
Steel City kept up the pressure and played some lovely football themselves but like the first half Town’s excellent defensive work from Ruby Hackney, Natalie Ampofo and Ellie Adams along with some great saves from Madison Hamilton, who kept another clean sheet, kept Steel City from getting a goal.
Imogen then made it 0-6 to Town with a great finish from Ellie’s cross from the right on 51 minutes followed by a long throw in from Izzy, on 56 minutes, that fell to Alysia to flick the ball on to Harriet and hit it past the keeper for 0-7.
An excellent all round team performance from Town.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH : ALYSIA SINGH
Next cup game: 23rd May – the under 11’s are home to Sheffield Utd CF.
Huddersfield Town Women make the journey to play Brighton and Hove Albion in the fifth round of this season’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup in a 12pm kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers won three games to reach round five, beating Liverpool Feds, Brighouse Town and Derby County en-route to the latter stages.
Super League side Brighton are fully professional and boast international stars so fitness may play a big role on Sunday but, having gone to extra time twice in the Cup this season, Town will be hard to out-run
Brighton’s WSL campaign finished with a commanding 3-0 win against Bristol City – the same side the Seagulls beat to set up the tie with Town – last weekend, as opposed to the months of league-free football that the Terriers have had since the FA WNL season was curtailed shortly early in the year.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny, however, hasn’t focused on how Brighton will have geared up for Sunday’s showdown
“Brighton are a [Women’s] Super League side. As I’ve said, they’re very athletic and are ahead of us with the amount of training, the opponents and surfaces they play on, so we have to prepare for situations that we’ve never faced before.
My team are well prepared. We’ve had two friendlies against strong sides and have put in solid performances. We will continue those preparations.”
Town have only reached this stage of the competition once before when they miraculously came from three goals down against Charlton Athletic to eventually win on penalties. Although he wasn’t at the helm back then, Wimpenny’s side have also taken teams all the way in this season’s competition.
With many of the current squad featuring on that famous day in the capital, he wants to use memories of Charlton to full advantage
“To have that history is massive for the Club. We’ve had tough games, gone to extra time, to penalties and also done it in ninety minutes. We know we’ll give them [Brighton] a good game and it would be amazing if we go through.
It’s a Cup game, which means anything can happen. We need to look at characteristics: leaders, desire, wanting to go through. That will all play a massive part in the result.
The players will need to be together more than ever this weekend. We have to give everything we’ve got. We have nothing to lose. We’ll be going in as the underdogs, so we have absolutely nothing to lose. The players have had a fantastic season and I would love to see them progress into the next round.”
Huddersfield and Southampton are the only two ‘amateur’ sides left in this season’s FA Cup. After both facing grueling fixtures to get this far, Wimpenny wants to do the lower leagues proud.
“I had a look at Southampton’s run and they have come a long way, so congratulations to them. If we can put a stamp on this competition for the lower leagues then it just shows the quality that is in the lower leagues and the growth of the women’s game that can happen. We’re challenging Championship and WSL sides, long may it continue.”
Town are just one win away from the Quarter Finals and, having never reached the last eight, this weekend’s game is arguably the most anticipated in Town’s history. After a record-breaking league campaign with goals flying in left, right and centre, the Terriers will travel to Brighton with one thing on their mind: to do themselves and the fans proud
The Women’s Vitality FA Cup 5th round will be streamed live on Brighton & Hove Albion’s YouTube channel : CLICK HERE to go to their YouTube Page.
Town Women host WSL side Manchester United’s u21s at the Stafflex Arena in a mouthwatering friendly on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion next weekend.
The match will be played behind closed doors and will kick off at 12pm in line with the early kick off against Brighton down South on May 16th.
Last weekend, Town travelled to Kellamergh Park to face AFC Fylde Women in a friendly, earning a hard fought 1-1 draw, and the West Yorkshire outfit will be looking to go one step better against a young Manchester United side who they have never previously come up against at home.
The two did, however, meet in pre-season of the 2018/19 campaign and played out a sensational 5-5 draw in Altrincham.
The Terriers’ last competitive game came a last month as they made it to the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, beating Derby County 3-2 at the Stafflex.
Town took the lead in the 15th minute with Derby equalising a minute later, but a star showing from hattrick heroine Laura Elford put the game out of sight. Before Derby got a late consolation.Terriers manager Jordan Wimpenny is in good spirits ahead of the much-anticipated game with Man United
“The match this Sunday will be a good game for us. They are a very good side in which we hope to build on going into the FA Cup tie against Brighton the following week and one we are looking forward to.”
Wimpenny addressed what he is trying to achieve in the pivotal knockout style football of the Cup this season, but also knows his players are well aware of the threats they will be faced with against Manchester United.
“We are now building onto that all important fixture on the 16th and so far the group have been exceptional in what we are asking of them. They are working tirelessly to be as ready as they can for the tie, knowing what test will be coming our way.
This Sunday will be another challenge for us and one we will look to add to our recent performances and finish on a high ready for the Cup. We look forward to welcoming Manchester United’s players this weekend, look forward to the threats they will pose for us as a group and we’ll try to overcome them.”
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad beat FC United of Manchester Women 2-1 at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The match was a tale of two halves, and the first started in a quite attacking manner from Town. Within the first six minutes, two big chances arose. First, Macy Ellis drove into the box and dribbled passed two defenders, but the shot was just dragged wide past the post. Then, a few minutes later, Sian Gibril-Keating held off a defender and found another pass to Ellis who got in a shot from a tight angle, but the keeper covered her near post well and put the ball behind for a corner.
FC United had very few chances, but a long range effort was tipped behind for a corner by ‘keeper Lauren Joyce. The subsequent corner was thumped clear by Kayley Hird, where Ellis was waiting. The ball dropped to her feet and she was one on one with the keeper, but took far too many touches and lost the ball.
The standout feature from Town in the first half an hour was the high press on FC United’s defence and this tactic almost resulted in a goal. The ‘keeper’s clearance was poor and hit the back of Ellis and the ball just travelled wide of the post – sparing FC United’s blushes.
After that, there weren’t many chances for Town, Gibril-Keating was denied by a defender one on one, who made a great tackle. And headers from Tara Duce didn’t really produce much of a threat.
Shortly after, though, the breakthrough came from FC United. A corner, which was whipped into the box and squarely met, beat Joyce and the defenders and ended up nestling in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the away side. But Town were determined to get the equaliser after dominating the majority of the half and it came five minutes later when Ellis linked up with Cassidy Clift, playing a nice one-two. Clift took a touch to set herself up for the shot which sailed into the bottom left corner to equalise for Town
FC United looked riled up for another goal towards the end of the half when a low ball from out wide was met square from two yards out but, to the delight of Joyce, it hit the top of the crossbar, bounced out and was cleared away. FC United went one-on-one with Joyce again who quite brilliantly stopped the striker from scoring a tap-in to keep the scores level at half time.
Five minutes after the restart, Town were in again once more as Clift slipped a ball through to Ellis who then skipped passed the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net to give herself a well-deserved goal after so many opportunities in the first half.
But for much of the second half, FC United were searching for and equaliser and Town were very much on the defensive – with their defensive unit working overtime to keep out the attackers of FC United. The goal nearly came after the hour when Joyce was caught in no man’s land but, thankfully, the ball ended up in the side netting and Town were still ahead. The game went into a lull after that, with FC United being denied at every opportunity by Town’s excellent defensive work which was rewarded at full time when they held on to win by two goals to one.