Can Town Women Make It Five Wins In A Row?
Huddersfield Town Women make the short trip to Sheffield FC this Sunday as they look to record a fifth consecutive victory.
The Terriers currently lie third in the FA WNL table, with only goal difference separating them from top spot thanks to last weekend’s superb 2-1 win over league leaders Nottingham Forest.
Wonderstrikes from Beth Stanfield and Kate Mallin gave Town a vital three points in a title race that is already hotting up. Stanfield believes that Town have what it takes to keep their good form going against Sheffield
“It felt amazing to win the game because it was very equal. There weren’t too many clear-cut chances and we really had to dig in and battle as a team to get the win.
It’s good to win such an important match. We know that we’re a good team and to be at the top we have to beat the teams around us. We will have to turn up against Sheffield to come away with the win, but we’re confident.”
Assistant manager Marcus Wilkinson is also expectant of another positive result on Sunday.
“The team have character and determination in abundance and they know we’re all in it together. That’s helped us to get four wins on the bounce which puts us in a good position and we’ve got a lot of momentum behind us, so we need to take that into Sunday’s game against Sheffield.
Having the composure in front of goal like we showed against Forest is crucial. We scored four against Middlesbrough the game before when we could have had eight or nine so it’s good to see us being clinical when the chances come now.”
Sheffield haven’t been in the best of form, having won just one of their first five league fixtures – losing the other four. Wilkinson, however, knows that it won’t be an easy match.
“No game in this league is easy. Just like Forest did, Sheffield will throw problems at us and we’ll have to do our homework on them. But, like I said, we’ve got momentum behind us so we need to keep that going because it’s a big week for us.
We’re taking it game by game. Obviously it’s nice to be up at the top of the table, but it means nothing after five games. The table is irrelevant and we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing week by week.”
The development squad resume their campaign after having a free game week and manager Lee Briggs is determined to get back to winning ways.
“The players are raring to go again this week and kick on, and get another good performance under our belts.
We’ve made a good start and have played some great football. I’m massively pleased with how the team are doing, they’re a great group and want to keep learning.
I want us to go out and work hard as a group against Brighouse and give a performance and show case our football. We need to bounce back from the Durham game with a solid team performance.
The high standards of the football we’ve played in games so far has been outstanding. Everyone wants to win games so we go again Sunday and will try and win the game.”
Preview by: Jack Walker