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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
MARK PARSONS

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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Three Town players called up to the English Universities Football Team

Serena Fletcher, Georgia Marshall and loanee Mia Parry have been called up to the English Universities Football Team.

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

We are very excited to announce that three Town players have been called up the English University team

Georgia Marshall, from University of Leeds, Serena Fletcher from University of Huddersfield and Mia Parry from Liverpool John Moores ave been called up to represent the University team after studying alongside playing for Town. 

The trio will travel down to Watford today to take part in a friendly, before joining back up with the team at St. James Park.

Serena Fletcher spoke after the announcement yesterday: “It’s an honour to be selected and represent Huddersfield University alongside studying nursing, it’s always a special moment representing your country and I’m excited to meet up with the team today ahead of the game.”

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

Mia Parry continued: “I am excited and privileged to have been selected to represent my country for England universities. I can’t wait for this new challenge and to play with some top players in England!” 

Georgia Marshall, who was also called-up, said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the players and I can’t wait to play against some tough opponents. I am overjoyed to be representing the University of Leeds and I’m looking forward to rising to this challenge.”

You can find out everything you need to know about what the trio will get up to on @EngUniSport on Twitter, as well as our social media channels @HTAFCWomen. 

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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
IMAGE: Oliver Eaton

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
IMAGE: Oliver Eaton

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 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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MATCH REPORT: WOLVES WOMEN 2-1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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.

Wolves Women celebrate goal against Huddersfield Town Women
IMAGE: WOLVES WOMEN FC

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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Wolves V Huddersfield Town Women

Preview by Glenys

Huddersfield Town Women travel to the Castlecroft Stadium on Sunday. The Terriers face a tough task against Wolves who are top of the league this season.

• Terriers travel to top of the league Wolves 
• Tough fixture against best team in the league
• Fans can follow online

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

The West Midlands side have been flying since their promotion to the National League North. Of the 19 matches that Wolves have played, they have drawn 3, won 15 and lost only once. This will be a tough task for the Terriers away from home.

Last time out at the Stafflex Arena, the Terriers started well. Town were the first team to actually score against Wolves this season. Lucy Sowerby got the Terriers off to a fine start, netting within the first 2 minutes of the game.

The visitors equalised just past the half hour, and struck again 4 minutes later. Britt Sanderson brought Town level just on the stroke of half time. The Terriers tried to hold on in the second half to take a point, but Wolves scored the winner to continue their unbeaten run.

PHOTO: SIMON MOONEY

Town will want to get another three points on the board, and claim a second win on the bounce. Having lost to Derby County away from home, Town Women then beat West Brom at home. However, with the form Wolves are in going into this match it will be a tough ask. Top of the league Wolves are favourites for this match, with their strong performances, and only being defeated once so far this season.

The fixture is the postponed clash from early February. With both teams looking for the win, it will be a clash that both will relish.

Manager Glen spoke after the match against Fylde.

I was extremely proud of the players, very few teams go away at Fylde and win, let alone by such a margin. We were outstanding. However, as good as the win was it’s just 3 points.

It’s at times like this you have to stay grounded and be humble, because football has a way of crashing you back down to earth if you are not at your best every week. This weekedn we will have our toughest test yet, we will need to find another level if we are to beat Wolves.

Although the West Midlands side will be favourites, they have shown that they can be beaten. Burnley putting three goals in the Wolves net proves that although top of the league, they are not unbeatable.

A tough match for the Terriers, yet nothing can be taken for granted. Another off day for Wolves, and Town Women could find themselves as the second side to defeat the league leaders this weekend.

PHOTO: SIMON MOONEY

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

For the home team, Amber Hughes is a definate danger. The Striker is Wolves top scorer and sits currently on 22 goals for the season. Hughes is impressive and seems to score almost every match. Hughes is going to be tricky to keep under control, but Town Women will need to try.

Anna Morphet is a defensive threat for the opposition, set pieces are what Morphet loves. Against Sheffield, Wolves scored five goals – the first was from a Morphet corner. The defender can also net the ball herself, so there are goal threats everywhere.

For the Terriers, Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against West Brom last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On 18 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.

Town Women goalkeeper Bethan Davies has impressed this season. Davies has made crucial saves to keep the Terriers in matches. Davies is vital for Town Women and keeping clean sheets is always her aim.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield fans will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Sunday at the Castlecroft Stadium, Wolverhampton. Live match updates will also be available on Twitter from 2pm Sunday @HTAFCWomen.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Fylde Women vs Huddersfield Town Women

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.

Katie Stanley holds the ball against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN 3-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

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.
Elford, Montgomery and Stanley celebrate goal against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

Bethan Davies makes good save against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.

Falone Sumaili makes first team debut
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

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.”

HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33. Bethan Davies (GK);
3. Beth Ibbotson;
12. Autumn Housley;
19. Paige Crossman;
15. Georgia Marshall;
57. Mia Parry (81’ 18. Alice Linsell);
23. Serena Fletcher (71’ 6. Lauren Griffiths);
7. Katie Stanley © (87’ 34. Falone Sumaili);
11. Brittany Sanderson;
10. Laura Elford;
9. Ria Montgomery.

Town Women are straight back into action as they face promotion chasing AFC Fylde in the league on Wednesday 30th March under the floodlights.

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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN 1-0 DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Report by Nathan Oates.

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
Huddersfield beat Doncaster Belles in the county cup yorkshire
IMAGE: OLIVER EATON

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.

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MATCH REPORT: DERBY COUNTY 3-0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN

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.

Stanley makes tackles against Derby County
IMAGE: SEAN DOYLE

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.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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

HTAFC Women Line Up

Bethan Davies; Paige Crossman; Beth Ibbotson; Serena Fletcher; Autumn Housley (Vicky Abbott, 85’); Lauren Griffiths; Katie Stanley; Brittany Sanderson; Ria Montgomery, Mia Parry; Macy Ellis (Zoe Laughton, 85’)

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