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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD END SEASON IN DEFEAT TO HULL

Huddersfield Town Women defeated on final game of the season.

Huddersfield Town Women finish season against Hull City
RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

Huddersfield Town Women finish season against Hull City
RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Hull City

Huddersfield Town Women end their season with a home game

  • Huddersfield Town Women final game of the season
  • Can still rise up the table
  • Cup winners final game
Credit: Richard

Huddersfield Town Women host Hull City, in the final game of the season. Town Women enter the game as County Cup Champions, and sit sixth in the league. The Women Terriers still have a change to finish in the four with victory and a couple of other results going their way.

Hull City LFC are bottom of the FAWNL Premier Division North and have been relegated from the division. Town Women end the season with silverware, as the Women Terriers lifted the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup on last Sunday.

Town Women can edge back up the table with a win against bottom of the league Hull City LFC. City have lost their last five league outings, , in fact, City have only won one match all season. Hull City have been relegated from the divison so have nothing to loose going into this game.

Town Women will be looking to end their season on a high, after winning the Cup last weekend, Huddersfield Town Women will not want to end on a defeat.

Hull City conceded 10 goals in their last three games, one of which was the reverse fixture against Town Women. City scored a goal against Derby County, but otherwise have struggled to find the back of the net.

Credit: Richard

Hull will be out to try and win. Although already relegated, a win against a current top six side will at least be a boost to confidence. City have struggled this season and aim to go out with some pride, and will want to beat the team that relegated them.

LAST TIME OUT

Town Women travelled to Haworth in April to play the postponed match. Early chances fell to both sides, but no one could find the net. In the first 20 mins the hosts had the opportunity to take the lead, however our keeper made a fine save from their corner. Town Women took the lead when Beth Ibbotson headed in from a Brittany Sanderson cross.

On the stroker of half time, the Women Terriers doubled their lead. Katie Stanley crossed to Mia Parry who netted. After the break the hosts had another free kick, and a great chance to get back in the game. Fortunately, Stanley cleared and it came to nothing.

City pushed for a way back into the game, but lacked quality in the final third. However, Town Women had no such issues, they kept the pressure on and Sanderson got on the end of Kate Mallins cross to score the third.

The final ten minutes just added to City misery as Stanley made it four, then Sanderson rounded off the game to make it five. All three points went back to West Yorkshire, and Hull City were relegated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vicky Abbott will be playing her last game for Huddersfield Town Women against Hull City. The defender is set to hang up her boots at the end of the season. Abbott has been with the Women Terriers for 10 years. Her last game for Town Women will be full of emotions, but Abbott will go out on a high.

Credit: Ritchard

For Hull City LFC Rachael Ackroyd will be one to watch. The City striker has netted a few times this season, so will be the main threat once again for the Town Women.

Glen said:

We played Hull the other week, and I thought until the late stages it was reasonably close game. They had some key players missing, and had the better of the opening exchanges. We know score lines are misleading and change expectations, but Hull will be going all out to end on a high. They will be a tough test for us, Aidy is a top coach.

On lifting silverware

It’s great to have reached two cup finals (again) and to finally win one. From a personal point of view, i’d lost my last three finals with Town, so, for my sanity I needed the win last Sunday. It was a great performance from the players, they were top drawer.

On league position

As for final league position, I don’t think it matters too much now. On form we hve been the third best team in the second half of the season. We’ve only dropped points in games where we’ve suffered heavy injuries to key attacking players. Injuries mixed with a very heavy fixture pile up has meant we havent’t been able to rest plyers at all, so I think it’s been tough for us mentally and physically, yet we have put in top performances.

The final game

Today will be more about trying to sign off the season with a win, but maybe also giving 1-2 players from the development team an opportunity. As well as saying goodbye to a few club legends who will be sorely missed (there may be the odd tear after the game.)

Kick off is Sunday 10th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. Fans are welcome to come along and support the team. 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.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield win County Cup Final against Barnsley Women

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 win County Cup against Barnsley
MARK PARSONS

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.

Huddersfield Town win County Cup against Barnsley
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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.”

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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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Barnsley vs Huddersfield Town

Town Women in second consecutive cup final

– Town Women face Barnsley on Saturday 30 April 2022
– Two sides meet in Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup Final
– Find out our Players to Watch

Huddersfield Town Women play their second consecutive cup final on Saturday when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster for the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

After beating their Development Team in the semi-final, Town Women make the trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday morning to take on Barnsley in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Town’s run to the final started in the quarter-final. Although, they were supposed to host Sheffield United in the fourth round, the Terriers received a bye to the next round after United had ineligible players in the side. 

Fast forward to the quarter-final and another home time for Town saw a victory against Doncaster Belles at the Stafflex Arena. Laura Elford the goal scorer on the day to secure the win with a narrow victory.

In the semi-final, in a rather unusual turn of events, Town hosted their Development Team and eventually used their experience to find the victory. 

Compared to Barnsley who beat Rotherham United Whitehill Women & Girls 6-nil in the fourth round, Sheffield FC 2-nil in the quarter-final and Oughtibridge WM Women FC First 4-mil in the semi-final. 

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

There is some controversy surrounding the tie, with Barnsley disappointed about the scheduling of the fixture. The Tykes were supposed to travel to Newcastle to play the Magpies at St. James Park in what would have been a monumental game, however, that game was rescheduled with the final taking priority.

This doesn’t affect Town however, who will be ready and raring to go at 10:30am on Saturday morning.

Their opposition, Barnsley, currently sit in eighth in the Division One North. Having won eight games and drawn two, they are just above the relegation zoom after 21 games. They have one league game left, the rescheduled Newcastle United game.

Last weekend, Town travelled to Solihull Moors in the League Cup Final. Although the game didn’t end in victory for the Terriers, it was the club’s first ever final and the score line, 3-nil, did not reflect the game. 

The Terriers will be looking to go one step further this weekend with victory against the Tykes.

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Players to Watch 

Jodie Michalaska is the Tykes top goal scorer in all competitions this season. She has scored 12 goals and will be looking at add to that tally. Barnsley player Eve Marshall is also highlighted as one to watch, as her anger directed towards the FA could prove costly if she chooses to react positively on the pitch. 

Town will have Falone Sumaili in their matchday squad on Sunday. The Development Team player was cup tied with our first-team for the County Cup and will be looking to prove herself on the huge platform this weekend. Sumaili has scored 15 goals in 16 games for Town’s Devs team and earned herself a call-up to her national side Burundi. 

She will be looking to add to that tally and score for our first-team just as she did in the semi-final this weekend in their search for silverware.

How to watch 

Fans can support Town in person this weekend when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster. Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JW. 

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £5 for seniors and £1 for under-17s with fans able to buy tickets on the day when there is one cash turnstile open. 

The 10:30am kick off may be an early start, but it is a great opportunity to support the women’s team before the men’s team play Coventry United at 15:00. 

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.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 5-0 Hull City

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town’s Development Team produced a brilliant result on Sunday pushing them above Chorley to top of the table on goal different. 

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

Five different scorers and another all-round great team performance from the Terriers who pushed themselves higher up the table. 

The opening 15 was a competitive and fast paced start from both sides. The first big opportunity fell to the visitors who won a freekick on the edge off the box. It was struck well but saved superbly by Laura Carter who tipped the shot onto the crossbar denying Hull of the early lead.

However, Town reacted well from this and just minutes later it was the Terriers who broke the deadlock on the 20-minute mark through a goal from Macy Ellis. Ellis was played through on goal and she slotted it perfectly into the bottom right corner giving Town the lead.

Shortly after Falone Sumaili made a great run into the box and she was pulled down by the Hull defender, giving the chance for the Terriers to double their lead from the spot. Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and calmly scored the penalty giving Town a 2-0 lead at the break.

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Into the second half and Town came out fast and eager to increase the lead. Just five minutes into the second half, Sharone Buckle made it 3-0. A great corner made it all the way to the back post with Buckle on hand to tap it in.

Town continued with intense pressure and just minutes later Cassidy Clift increased the lead further. Another perfectly delivered corner failed to be cleared by Hull. Eventually, the ball bounced in the six-yard box and Clift was the fasted to react to tap it in. 

The final goal was scored by Falone Sumnaili who was played in on goal and a cool finish sealed the victory for Town capping of a great performance from Huddersfield Town Development Team.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “It was a slow start for us again today, but once we had the football down on the floor and started playing, I thought we played really well.

“We have scored from a lot of corners all season, we have been working on them especially in the last few weeks, we’re not the tallest team in the world but when we have set piece players like Alice, Tara and Lois who can put them in those spots, all you have to do is be there.” 

Town’s Development Team are back in action just 48 hours later when they travel to Leeds United. The game will be held at Crofton Community Centre and fans are welcome to come along and support Town.

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MATCH REPORT: Southampton 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Women travelled to Armco Arena, the home of Solihull Moors in the FAWNL League Cup Final.

  • Town Women’s first ever FAWNL League Cup final
  • Town dominant but just fall short against Southern Premier Division Champions 
  • Manager Glen Preston shared his thoughts 
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In a game where anything could happen, Southern Premier Division champions Southampton were favourites. However, Town Women gave as good as they could get and held the Saints for the majority of the half. 

During the opening stages of the game, both teams saw plenty of the ball but everytime the final pass was just short. It was the Saints who had the best chance of the first period, with Ella Pusey’s attempt just wide.

As the half continued, Brittany Sanderson had a huge chance to give Town Women the lead. She beat Kayla Rendell in goal, before Rosie Parnell clears it off the line. It looked to have hit her hand, but the referee awarded a corner. 

At the break, Southampton had the lead however following a tap-in at the back post. A dangerous cross flew into the box and Alisha Ware was on hand at the back post to give her time the lead on the stroke of half-time.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Into the second half and it was still all to play. The biggest chance of the early stages fell to Lucia Kendall when she hit the crossbar. Town were pushing for that equaliser.

The Terriers chances were coming from Kate Mallin as the half played out and each time Molly Mott was on hand for the Saints to keep her out. Elford had a chance with 25 minutes left on the clock but a miss-hit kick went into the ‘keeper. 

Town were pushing for that equaliser and were holding onto possession, with Saints’ attempts coming on the counter. Elford had a great chance to equalise for the Terriers, then on the counter, Lucia Kendall doubled the lead for the hosts. 

Then, with less than six minutes left it felt like gameover when Saints had their third. Kendall scored her second of the afternoon with a firecracker of an attempt from outside the box. 

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

At full-time, a disappointed but proud Glen Preston said: “We gave it absolutely everything. We lost to a better team, but for 60 minutes we went toe to toe with them. 

“The players should be absolutely proud of themselves, they put in a monumental effort today, representing the club with everything you would expect, dignity, pride, class, they have been superb.” 

Town Women are back in action on Saturday 30th April when we travel to the home of Doncaster Rovers, the Eco-Power Stadium (formerly Keepmoat Stadium), in the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Fans are welcome to come along to South Yorkshire to support Town against Barnsley, with the game kicking off at 10:30am on Saturday morning. 

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FAWNL Cup Final PREVIEW: Southampton FC vs Huddersfield Town Women

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.

Huddersfield Town Women versus Burnley FC
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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.

Katie Stanley looking forward to playing Southampton Women
IMAGE: Richard Asquith

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.”

Huddersfield Manager Glen Preston
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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.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 2-2 Loughborough Lightning

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town and Loughborough play out an end to end 2-2 draw.

  • Late equaliser stuns Terriers
  • Town climb to fourth after consecutive draws
  • Goals from Katie Stanley and Mia Parry
PHOTO: FLAMING CREATIONS

The points were shared after Town women played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Loughborough in the FAWNL.

The game was fast paced from minute one with early opportunities for both teams, and on the eight minute mark Loughborough had the ball in the net before it was ruled out by the referee.

However, just minutes later it was Town who broke the deadlock with a goal from Katie Stanley. Following a sustained attack the ball was crossed into the box and the quickest to react was Stanley with a great strike on the turn guiding the ball into the bottom corner.

Following the goal Town continued with the pressure and were pushing for a second.

However, in the 30th minute Loughborough were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the box. Bethan Davies produced a magnificent save diving to her right-hand side to prevent an equaliser.

Huddersfield Town Women continued to dominate large parts of the first half with plenty of opportunities. Against the run of play, just before half-time, Loughborough were awarded a second controversial penalty and this time it was converted, putting the sides level at the break.

PHOTO: FLAMING CREATIONS

In the second half Town Women came out fast and eager to restore their lead, and just three minutes into the half they did just that. A great cross from Brittany Sanderson found Mia Parry, who climbed the highest to get on the end of it and head it down past the Loughborough ‘keeper.

Town were dominant and played well for the majority of the half with a notable shot from Parry going just over the bar, and five minutes from time Town hit the post with another chance to seal the win after the ball failed to be cleared from the six-yard box.

However, it was Loughborough who got the final goal in the 88th minute from a powerful strike which Davies couldn’t do anything about.

Falone Sumaili had a chance in added time with a great effort, but the ‘keeper made an impressive save to deny Town Women all three points.

Huddersfield Women will feel it was 2 points dropped after creating many opportunities, dominating large periods of the game, and conceding late.

PHOTO: FLAMING CREATIONS

At full-time manager Glen Preston said: “It’s two points dropped. Loughborough play with a lot of heart and they never gave up but I think, ultimately, anyone who has watched that game knows we should have scored four or five goals.

“I think we hit the woodwork three times, to be fair they hit the woodwork too, but overall we paid the price because we hadn’t put the game to bed when we absolutely should have done.”

Next up, Town Women are in League Cup Final action on Sunday 24th April as they take on Southampton at Solihull Moors Stadium. Fans are welcome to head down and show their support.

Follow our social media channels @htafcwomen for updates throughout the week.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley

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.
Huddersfield Town Women versus Burnley FC
IMAGE: OLIVER EATON

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.

Burnley Women nearly concede an own goal when Huddersfield tried a shot
IMAGE: OLIVER EATON

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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Burnley

Preview by Glenys

Huddersfield Town Women return to home league action as they welcome Lancashire rivals Burnley.  


• Fifth against sixth
• Fans can watch at Stafflex Arena

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

The Lancashire side have been flying up the table. Burnley have won seven of their last league matches. Only Brighouse have recently beaten The Clarettes, even top of the league Wolves were defeated by Burnley, which is a feat in itself. Of the 21 matches that The Clarettes have played, they have drawn 3, won 12 and lost 6 times. This will be an interesting match for the Terriers at home.

Last time out at the County Ground in Leyland, the Terriers were behind in the first minutes of the game. Although Town Women made a quick attack from the kick off, the Clarettes scored within the first minute and a half taking the lead.

Both sides had chances from there on in, neither side able to control the game. Several shots on goal and goal mouth scrambles came to nothing, as both keepers made fantastic saves when required.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town Women went into the break down two goals as the Clarettes were awarded a penalty and scored from the spot. The second half didn’t start any better for the Terriers, as once again they were down another goal within a minute of the restart.

The Terriers were outplayed on the day, and Burnley put the game to bed 10 minutes into the second half with the fourth goal. will want to get another three points on the board, and claim a second win on the bounce. Although Town Women did have a good spell towards the end of the match, the final whistle came as a relief.

The Clarettes will be looking to do the double over the Terriers, Wolves and Derby have completed the double over Town Women this season, Burnley will be hoping to join them. However, The Terriers will want to get three points and move up in the league.

Having defeated Hull at the weekend, the Town Women will be in good spirits and looking to get another win on the board. Having defeated Fylde in style the Terriers then lost to top of the table Wolves. Burnley are the only team to have defeated Wolves this season so cannot be taken lightly.

Both teams want the win, neither team will be satisfied with anything other than the three points. The Clarettes and the Terriers clash looks to be a good match up, with the victors moving up the table. A draw will leave league positions unchanged..

Manager Glen spoke ahead of the match.

Burnley are somewhat of a bogey team for us. I’m not sure we have beaten them since they came into the league. They beat us comfortably earlier in the season. I’ve watched Burnley a couple of times this season, from what I’ve seen they could easily be the best team in the league. They play a different system to most teams. Burnley have a clear way of playing, they press with great intensity like we do. Above all else, they have a very clear attacking framework on how they want to score goals.

So many teams play off the cuff in the final third, but Burnley have a very good structure. I have a lot of admiration for the way they hae been coached, we will have to be on our A game to win.

Burnley are probably favourites for this match, having improved over the season with only one loss in the last few games. Having beaten the Terriers last time out, Burnley riding high are looking good for the win.

This will be a tough match for Town Women, however, if the team bring their A game there is no reason that the Terriers cannot prevent the Clarettes from adding to their points, and of course preventing a third club from doing the double over Town Women.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

For the Terriers, Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against Hull last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On over 20 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.

Mia Parry has scored in the last two games she has played in. The midfielder, who joined the Terriers on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season has impressed since her arrival. Parry has gained in experience at Town and will want to stake a claim to a potential full time move.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield fans will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Thursday at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off 7.45pm. 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.

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