MATCH PREVIEW – Home friendly vs Manchester Utd U21’s

Town Women host Manchester United u21s.

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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.

Preview by: Raheil Mehboob


FA Cup – MATCH REPORT – Home to Derby County

Town Women beat Derby County to Set Up Brighton Tie in Women’s FA Cup fifth round.

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Huddersfield Town Women emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Derby County to book their place in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup after a fierce and competitive game.

The Terriers held on for a dramatic 3-2 win at the Stafflex Arena, coming out the other side after positively weathering the storm in the first half against Derby County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon

The hosts started brightly with Lucy Sowerby linking up well with Laura Elford on the right hand side, whilst Derby created chances of their own in the early stages as the contest turned into a midfield battle with both teams searching for the opener.

Laura Elford gave Town the lead in the 15thminute as she was played in down the near side, took the ball down, and finished at the second time of asking. Although the hosts went in front, Derby equalised just one minute later and the Rams continued to threaten, smashing the right hand post 8 minutes later. 

With the two teams level at the break, it all came down to the second forty-five minutes and, just like in the previous round, Town’s substitutions worked a treat as Kate Mallin emerged from the substitutes’ bench to claim two assists. 

In the 72ndminute, the winger whipped in a corner which was bundled over the line by Elford before the same combination saw the prolific striker completed her hattrick just four minutes later – rising high to once again head the ball in. 

The two goals in quick succession secured victory and, although there was a late scare as Derby pulled a goal back seven minutes before full time. Town now travel to Brighton away in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on May 16th.

Manager Jordan Wimpenny admitted it was a nice feeling to win the contest in the way the team did.

It’s always a nice feeling to win a game and to progress to the next round is great. I feel the team deserve that after this performance.

Debutant Paige Crossman was also very satisfied with her afternoon’s work.

We had to be quite tight in areas. I had to stay back and sit a lot more than I normally would. You’ve got to do what is right for the team. I think in my legs I knew I had it in my head that I will be fine physically. Just getting 90 minutes out the way, psychologically it’s a big thing. I feel we had quite a lot of space outside wide.

Preview by: Jack Walker

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FA Cup – MATCH PREVIEW – Home to Derby County

Town Women host Derby in FA Cup 4thRound.

Huddersfield Town Women welcome Derby County to the Stafflex Arena in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The match kicks off at 2pm and can be watched live for free on the Club’s ‘HTWTV’ YouTube channel from 1:55pm.

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The Terriers made it to the fourth round after a penalty shootout win over local rivals Brighouse Town Women last weekend. Having fallen behind early on and trailing at half time, Town came back fighting as Brittany Sanderson netted an equaliser before Bethan Davies and Katie Nutter became penalty heroines.Despite a sub-par performance, manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with the desire shown by his team, but knows they will have to do better to beat Derby

Brighouse gave us a tough game at the weekend and we were fortunate to make it through We have players who can make in impact off the bench and everyone plays their part. Derby will be our toughest match of the season with the form they’re in.

We have to manage injuries and knocks, we’re hoping to have everyone fit for the weekend.

When asked what threats the Rams will pose on Sunday, Wimpenny was in defiant mood.

As we always do, we’ve tried to find out as much as possible about our opposition. We haven’t played them [Derby] yet this season, so I’m excited to see how we fare against a new opposition. We haven’t played them in the league and I’m excited for the challenge.

Having ended the FA WNL season top of the table, Wimpenny has been full of praise for his squad, and also believes that playing at home will help them in their bid to progress to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup.

“Reflecting on the season, we’ve had a lot of home games and it’s something that has been good for us. The fact that we have another FA Cup tie at home is great for us. It’s somewhere we’ve had a lot of success at and hopefully that will continue against Derby on Sunday.”

Preview by: Jack Walker


FA Cup – MATCH REPORT – Home to Brighouse Town

Huddersfield Town Women survive FA Cup scare to beat Brighouse.


Katie Nutter scored the winning spot kick Huddersfield Town Women came from behind to beat Brighouse Town Women 5-3 on penalties and progress to the 4th round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

With the teams level at 1-1 after normal time, the extra thirty minutes produced few chances, with strikes from Serena Fletcher and Sarah Danby the closest Huddersfield came to a winner.

Having beaten Newcastle 3-0 after extra time in the previous round just seven days earlier, Brighouse started the better of the two sides and took the lead through Amy Woodruff’s penalty when ex-Terrier Ellie White was fouled in the area after a contest for the rebound of Drew Greene’s effort which came back off the bar.

The Terriers, though, had also played a full two hours in the second round against Liverpool Feds, triumphing 3-2, and the FA WNL table-toppers equalised against their West Yorkshire rivals early in the second half.

Kate Mallin was forced off through injury at half time, so was replaced by Lucy Sowerby and the Terriers’ top scorer in the 2019/20 season had an immediate impact as she brought fresh energy and enthusiasm off the bench and created the leveler, whipping in a fizzed, left-footed cross and Brittany Sanderson was on hand to smash the ball home at the far post – sending her first-time effort back across the ‘keeper and into the far corner of the net.

From then on, the tie was very tight with neither group of players able to fashion further clear-cut chances. Despite not being at the races, assistant manager Marcus Wilkinson praised Huddersfield’s resilience and determination.

It was a difficult game and we had a few players get injured after such a long break, but our team spirit was brilliant and we can now get ready to face Derby in the next round.

We weren’t at our best, but we kept at it and I was always confident that we would win the shootout.

Bethan Davies saved Brighouse’s fourth spot kick and memories of the historic Cup run of 2018/19 entered the mind when Huddersfield scored all five of their penalties and, just like in that famous win against Charlton in 2018/19, Nutter dispatched the winning penalty to send her teammates into raptures.

Due to the league season being cancelled, Town haven’t played round four Derby in 2020/21, but know it will be another tough match up. Wilkinson stated that they cannot afford to look beyond the fourth round

“We have to take each game as it comes. Derby beat West Brom 4-1 and we beat them 3-2, so we know it will be tough. Derby were third in the league and we will prepare and be ready for them. We want to go as far as we can in the competition and end the season well.”

Preview by: Jack Walker

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FA Cup – MATCH PREVIEW – Home to Brighouse Town

Town Women host Brighouse Town in the Women’s FA Cup.


Huddersfield Town Women welcome local rivals Brighouse Town to the Stafflex Arena in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The Terriers go into the tie on the back of ten consecutive wins in all competitions, having thrashed Stockport County 8-2 last weekend and qualified for the third round with a thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool Feds after extra time in round two.

After a lay-off period of three months due to lockdown, manager Jordan Wimpenny was impressed at the fitness levels of his players and their current form.

After only having a couple of training sessions after such a long break going into the game against Stockport, it was really important for us to go out and perform and now we need to take that into the match against Brighouse.

Sunday’s visitors to the Stafflex Arena boast a number of ex-Town players and staff members, so the Cup tie will have an added edge, especially as a derby. Wimpenny, though, is purely focused on the game itself.

I know Brighouse will have a game plan. I’ve done some research into how they play, we know a lot of their players and staff, so that helps you prepare and we’re confident that we’ll be able to deal with it on Sunday.

We know that every Cup game is tough, just look at the Liverpool Feds game and the challenges we faced there. You only get one chance. It’s one game and it’s over, or you can be successful and hopefully we can take the team forward.

The 8-2 victory against Stockport last time out was the second time that the Terriers have hit eight in 2020/21, the other time being the tremendous 8-1 battering of Stoke City. As well as tightening up defensively, Wimpenny has got his team firing on all cylinders this season. This is certainly something he’s proud of.

Goals are something that we pride ourselves in because we’ve got a lot of attacking players. [Laura] Elford got a hattrick [against Stockport] which will help her confidence, but we don’t rely on one player and we take that responsibility as a group to help us be successful.

We have to see how far we can go [in the Cup]. We know that if we get through we will play West Brom or Derby, but our focus is Sunday and if we win we can then think about the next round.

Sunday’s game will be shown live on the Club’s ‘HTWTV’ YouTube channel and Wimpenny signed off his interview by acknowledging the importance of fans being able to watch the game.

“It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a while now. Thankfully the first run-through went well against Stockport thanks to the hard work of Ollie in the media team. I have to credit them all on their efforts.

Because fans can’t be at the stadium, it’s vitally important for us to give them the opportunity to watch from home. It’s a great opportunity for us and I hope there are lots of fans tuning in on Sunday.”

Preview by: Jack Walker

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MATCH REPORT – Home to Stockport County (Season Friendly)

Town Women Thrash Stockport County


Huddersfield Town Women ran riot in the first game in three months – winning 8-2 against Stockport County on their return to the Stafflex Arena.

Town comprehensively beat Stockport to make the best possible start of returning to action post-lockdown to stretch their winning run to ten matches in all competitions. 

A hattrick from Laura Elford effectively put the game to bed in the first half, with Kate Mallin picking up a brace. Emma Samways, Britt Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby also found the net with solitary goals as the Terriers picked up from where they left off in January. 

Town’s tally matched the 8-1 victory against Stoke City at the Stafflex Arena back on December 13th last year and, although this was only a friendly, Town have made full use of their break, pulling a five-star performance out of the hat as they gear up for the FA Cup against local rivals Brighouse Town on April 11th. 

The Terriers started the game brightly in the West Yorkshire sunshine and, although Stockport County held possession in the centre of midfield in the early stages, it would be Kate Mallin who broke the shackles early on as she picked up the ball on the right hand side and swung in a perfect pinpoint cross for Laura Elford who finished with a low clean strike. 

This was only the start of the rout as Sarah Danby threatened with an enticing ball into Stockport’s danger area which Laura Elford was on the end of, only to nod the ball over the bar. Stockport tried to get a foothold in the game by playing out from the back but Town continued to hold firm and doubled their lead in the 28th minute.

Danby burst away down the left flank with vicious pace and Stockport’s defence failed to get anywhere near the winger as she took aim on goal. Despite the initial effort being saved, Elford was there again to finish off the move and make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, Stockport were made to pay when a poor back pass and rushed goalkeeping allowed Kate Mallin to nip in and extend Town’s lead. 

But it was Elford who would make the headlines, claiming her brutal hattrick as Britt Sanderson played the striker in on goal with a beautifully-weighted through ball allowing the forward to twist and turn before beating the last defender and Stockport’s keeper at her near post. 

Just before half time, Town were five to the good when Mallin punished another defensive error was punished by Mallin the chance to make it five and it was almost six when Katie Nutter couldn’t quite connect. 

Stockport did pull two goals back in the end, their first against the run of play from a corner with the ball being scrambled in, but the lead was never under threat.

Jordan Wimpenny was delighted with the way his team performed. 

“Today a lot for us was about the performance, we wanted to demonstrate our identity go back to our ideas, systems and style of play we wanted to try and achieve on the pitch.”

After the break, the Terriers continued to press home their advantage as Sanderson’s deflected shot found the back of the net to the despair of Stockport’s ‘keeper before Lucy Sowerby got in on the act, getting on the end of another Mallin cross with a late start into the penalty area.

Emma Samways put the icing on the cake late on despite claims from the opposition that the ball hadn’t crossed the line and Town emerged clear victors from a rather one-sided game.Wimpenny praised the professional, clinical nature of the performance.

“Our objective was to obviously do we what we like to do as a team and score as many goals as we can and enjoy our freedom and attacking football but also to try and be solid at the back. We are pretty pleased with the performance today.”

Report by: Jack Walker

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MATCH PREVIEW – Home to Stockport County

Town Women return to action in Stockport friendly live on YouTube.

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Huddersfield Town Women play their first game since the 3rdof January when they welcome Stockport County to the Stafflex Arena in a behind closed doors friendly on Sunday afternoon.

The game will be the first ever to be broadcast live on the club’s ‘HTWTV’ YouTube channel in an effort to bring the fans closer to the action.

The Terriers hosted this weekend’s opponents in pre-season, winning 2-1 in an away game which saw Serena Fletcher open the scoring with her first goal in blue and white before Sarah Danby struck a second-half winner.Couple that with their incredible nine-match winning run pre-lockdown and Town head into the game as firm favourites, but manager Jordan Wimpenny knows it won’t be a straight-forward win.

Obviously we played them in pre-season and credit to them, they tested us. I’m excited for us to play them again to be honest because they caused us problems.

For us, it’s a good challenge going into the game the following week and I hope they do cause us more problems because that’s the only way we’ll get better as a team.

Having being on such good form before lockdown halted play and put an end to the league campaign, Wimpenny is eager to regain his side’s momentum in time for the FA Cup tie against either Brighouse Town or Newcastle United next weekend.

It’s very good to be back training. The players and staff have all been looking forward to it. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve loved being back out there.

All we want to do is play. We’ve got the game against Stockport this weekend but the FA Cup next week and we need to give the players the game time they need.

We’ve just got to demonstrate more of what we’re good at. Keep the fight, the style of play, the maturity the we’ve shown throughout [the season].

Despite Stockport playing in a lower league than Town, it is vital that the Terriers don’t underestimate Sunday’s opposition, as shown by their valiant effort in the pre-season encounter. Wimpenny says that he and his staff have prepared for the game no differently than for any other.

We prepare the same way for every game and this is the exact same, the only difference being that there’s been a big break in between. We’ll prepare the best we can and keep players safe. We want to use Sunday to keep building the momentum we had from the league and take that into the FA Cup fixture against Brighouse or Newcastle.

Both the win and minutes on the pitch are important to me. Because we’ve had such a long time out, minutes in the legs is key. We’ll give Stockport the respect they deserve, like we do for all teams, and we’ll go out to try and win.

The game kicks off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and fans can keep to date across all digital ‘@HTAFCWomen’ platforms.

Preview by: Jack Walker


MATCH REPORT – FA CUP – Away to Liverpool Feds

Mallin Brace Sees Town Women Victorious In FA Cup Thriller

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Huddersfield Town Women progressed to the third round of this season’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Liverpool Feds.

Two impressive Kate Mallin finishes either side of an own-goal gave Town the win after extra-time and Assistant Manager Marcus Wilkinson was thrilled with the determination on show.

It wasn’t our best performance, but fair play to Liverpool Feds. They were top class today and caused us a lot of problems. We show resilience in every game and that’s what we’ve instilled this season.

We had to change our shape a few times to get through them, but we stuck at it and got two goals in extra time which we’re pleased with.

The Terriers went into their first match of 2021 on the back of an eight-game winning streak in the league – which sees them top the FA WNL table – and showed their quality on countless occasions as the run stretched to nine.

As usual, Town started the brighter side and went close early on when Laura Elford smashed the crossbar shortly after Mallin – who almost had a hattrick – hit her 25-yard free kick against the post.

The hosts were also threating, however, and it took a brilliant save from Lauren Joyce to deny Jodie Mortimer one-on-one to keep the game goalless before half time – this coming not long after a brilliant last-ditch goal line clearance from skipper Charley Evans midway through the first forty-five minutes.

Soon enough, though, the visitors took the lead.

Just after the break, brilliant work from Katie Nutter down the left flank saw her battle with and beat three defenders in the area before pulling the ball back on the angle of the six-yard box.

The no.7’s delivery was perfect for Mallin who didn’t need to break stride as she powerfully placed the ball beyond the despairing ‘keeper from yen yards out at the far post.

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The game was the only FA Cup fixture of the weekend as all other ties were postponed due to Tier 4 restrictions and the 150 fans were treated to a brilliant contest on Merseyside as the home side drew level with fifteen minutes remaining when Paige Cole cut through the Terriers’ defence and fired over Joyce to level the scores.

Feds goalkeeper Rachel Darbyshire made a massive close-range stop force Town into extra time, but quality showed in the added thirty minutes.

Town won their umpteenth corner and Elford’s deft flick sent the wicked delivery onto the knee of Liverpool’s centre half who diverted the ball into her own net as the lead was reinstated.

That huge stroke of luck was no more than Town deserved and they could have been out of sight before the initial equaliser.

Missing chances is not something that Mallin does often and, when she was sent through on goal by Elford’s lofted pass, Town’s clinical winger dispatched the ball into the bottom corner in clinical style to seal passage to the third round.

The hosts did claw another goal back through Chantelle Thompson’s looped finish with six minutes to go, but it was too late in the day. Wilkinson knows the team deserved the win

We haven’t had a training session since our last game and to come to a place like this against underdogs who were in our faces straight away is always tough.

We changed our shape after the first 30 minutes to allow ourselves to play more and were physical enough to battle through, too.

All season, we’ve showed how good we are at coming from behind and never giving up. That’s why we are where we are [in the league]. We’ve fought for each other and got the job done again today and we couldn’t be happier.

The Terriers’ next two games against Loughborough Foxes and Derby County have been called off, with Tier 4 restrictions causing most teams in the FA WNL to postpone matches, but one thing is for sure. When Hull City visit the Stafflex Arena on the 27th, Town will be ready.

Report by: Jack Walker

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MATCH PREVIEW – Away to Liverpool Feds

Town Women Start 2021 With FA Cup Trip to Liverpool Feds.

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Huddersfield Town Women begin 2021 on the road when they face Liverpool Feds in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup this Sunday.

Town ended 2020 on an incredible eight-game winning streak which saw them open up a six-point gap at the top of the FA Women’s National League table.

Manager Jordan Wimpenny, though, knows that anything can happen in Cup football and so his team will be fully prepared for Sunday’s game.

We have to be consistent in every performance we have and ensure we approach each game with the same professionalism and desire to win.

Each game will throw up problems that as a group we must overcome and counter and this is something we will look to do again to progress into the next round.

With new Tier 4 restrictions recently announced, the Terriers’ next two league fixtures – against Loughborough and Derby County – have been postponed, meaning that Sunday’s match is the only fixture before Hull City visit the Stafflex Arena on January 27th.

Wimpenny, however, sees it as just another game.

We take each game, session or decision as it comes and as a group we have shown great character over this season so far so we will use this to continue our journey through the season.

K Nutter
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As quality performances keep on being produced, the expectation and pressure on his group of players inevitably also continues to rise, but Wimpenny insists that his side will not be affected.

We have to allow the players to believe in how good they are, develop a winning culture and mentality with a clear ideology of how we play and who we are which will then carry the group to where they deserve to be.

Last year saw the Club play at the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time in its history in the fourth round of the competition and the Terriers went one better in the 2018/19 season – coming from 3-0 down to beat Charlton Athletic on penalties to set up a fifth-round tie with Women’s Super League outfit West Ham United.

Wimpenny knows that this season is a chance to make more incredible memories.

I want to give the players the best opportunity to progress as far as they can in this famous competition, with a mind on where we are currently in the league. With many fixtures called off we need to ensure that we still do our job come Sunday.

2020 saw the end to a season like no other and the start of one which just keeps on getting better and better. Here’s to hoping that Town can pick up from where they left off and make 2021 a year to remember for all the right reasons.

Preview by: Jack Walker


MATCH REPORT – Home to Middlesbrough

Town Women End 2020 Six Points Clear

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Huddersfield Town Women beat Middlesbrough Women 3-2 at the Stafflex Arena to record their eighth consecutive victory and open up a six-point gap to second-place Fylde in the FA Women’s National League.

First half headers from Brittany Sanderson and Laura Elford – both from Sarah Danby assists – saw Town take control of their final game of 2020 before Sanderson added her second late on.

Shortly before Elford netting Town’s second, the ‘Boro ‘keeper had to be taken off with suspected concussion and, with no reserve goalkeeper on the bench, an outfield player took her place, making the second forty-five minutes a real chance for the Terriers’ to boost their goal difference.

Their opponents also hadn’t previously played after the second lockdown and had lost their star player to a European outfit, so everything seemed aligned for yet another Town win, but it wasn’t plain sailing when the visitors hit the left-hand post midway through the second half.

Katie Nutter drove down the left and nutmegged her defender before seeing a shot well saved, but the hosts were not to be deterred.

Sanderson – who scored Town’s third in the 4-2 win on Teesside earlier this season – was a constant threat and showed her quality again by blasting a free-kick into the top corner of the net to re-instate the two-goal cushion.

Sarah Danby
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Assistant Manager Marcus Wilkinson was delighted with the performance

It was a hard-fought game and they caused us problems, but we came through it as a team again and that’s great to see.

With Fylde and Derby’s matches both postponed, the Terriers knew that they had the opportunity to show the rest of the league what they are all about – and boy did they do that.

Going into the match on a seven-game winning streak, Town were riding on a momentum wave and all thought they’d sealed the victory when Mallin found Laura Elford in the six-yard box, but a sensational save denied a fourth.

The away side then went down the other end to pull a consolation back from close range, but the job was done and Wilkinson was full of praise for the team.

To be six points clear is good obviously, but there’s still a long way to go.

We’ve been brilliant so far, so we’ll keep on doing what we do and see where we are at the end of the season.

So then, Town will spend Christmas at the top of the tree and all signs point to a very happy New Year, starting with the trip to Liverpool Feds in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on January 3rd.

Report by: Jack Walker

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