MATCH PREVIEW – Away to Middlesbrough

Town Women Head To Teesside In Search Of Third Straight Win.

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Huddersfield Town Women travel to Middlesbrough in search of their third consecutive win of the 2020/21 season.

Wins against Hull and Sunderland have seen the Terriers soar up the league table – manager Jordan Wimpenny says his side will make the trip North full of confidence

We need to take advantage of when the squad is in a good moment and, looking at our performances, we are.

We know that Middlesbrough will give us another set of challenges that we will have to overcome, but we are confident of another confident, positive performance on Sunday.

Huddersfield get their first clean sheet of the season in the 3-0 win over Sunderland last week, and summer-signing Bethan Davies was delighted to record her first shut-out between the sticks.

I was thrilled to get my first clean sheet. It was a great milestone to pass. As a team we have mainly conceded from our own mistakes in other games, so we all knew the clean sheet was coming!

I have quite high expectations of myself and last season I had 10 clean sheets in 20 games so I’m hoping to beat that target this year!

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Town also kept a clean sheet when they romped to victory in this fixture last season, winning 6-0 courtesy of goals from Lucy Sowerby, Laura Elford, Kate Mallin, Beth Stanfield and Emma Samways and Leah Embley – who has since moved to Blackburn. Davies is confident that the team can continue their impressive form and find the winning formula again this weekend.

“Everyone has been great since I moved here, all of the staff and the players have made me feel at home and part of the club – I’m loving it!

Our target for Sunday is definitely three points and if we play how we did against Sunderland then I don’t see why we won’t achieve it!”

The development squad laid down a marker last Sunday, hammering Sheffield FC away from home, and welcome Durham to the Stafflex Arena this weekend.

Faye Sherrington (2), Zoe Laughton, Cassidy Clift, Lois Scholefield, Molly Ellis and Alice Linsell all got on the scoresheet and manager Lee Briggs is delighted that goals are coming from all areas of the pitch

That results shows the strength and depth of the group. They set their own high standards and I’m looking forward to seeing them maintain it.

The squad host Durham this weekend, and Briggs is backing his team to get their their fourth win in a row as they look to stay top of the table.

We prepare at the same level every week and we’ll take it each game at a time, but it would be good to keep the run going.

The way that we are defending from the front is great to see and the team’s hard work is evident in every game. The trust they have in each other is amazing so long may it continue.

Preview by: Jack Walker

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MATCH PREVIEW – Home to Sunderland

Town Women Host Sunderland in Titanic Clash.

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Huddersfield Town Women welcome Sunderland Ladies to the Stafflex Arena in their fourth game of the FA WNL season this Sunday.

Town go into the game on the back of Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Hull City Ladies and manager Jordan Wimpenny was delighted with the win.

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“That first win is so important. As a group we have been unfortunate in previous games to see the results go the way they have, but we have built each week ready for the next game as for us it was vital to get the win at Hull.

The second half performance was so much better. We saw a side of the group that demonstrates the mentality of a winning team and this is something we must continue on Sunday against Sunderland.”

The Black Cats were runaway league leaders in 2019/20, but player departures have seen them make a slow start to the campaign. Wimpenny, though, knows it promises to be another tough game and says his team must be focused only on their own performances.

“We need to focus on ourselves, play the way we play, improve on previous games and look to claim all 3 points come Sunday”

Having missed the curtain-raiser against Fylde and starting on the bench against Burnley, Laura Elford took centre stage on her first start of 2020-21 against Hull in midweek – scoring both goals in a vital 2-1 win in East Yorkshire.

Town’s no,10 isn’t the only one impressing, though, as the whole team have found their identity quickly under new management and Wimpenny is confident of continuing that on Sunday.

“I still think there is still so much to work on, but the group have adapted to changes and challenges thrown their way. All three league performances have been solid and last night was a good performance to take forward into Sunday’s game”

The development squad also continue their league campaign and make the trip across Yorkshire to face Sheffield FC. After taking four points from their opening two matches, Manager Lee Briggs goes into the game in confident mood.

“Our last game against Liverpool Feds went well. It was frustrating to not score – having scored five the week before – but we still made lots of chances which is always a good thing.

To keep a clean sheet was very pleasing and we always looked to play out from defence, never panicking, which was great.

We all know that this league is very competitive and tough, but I expect another great game [against Sheffield] and we have taken the time to prepare as well as possible for the match and I’m sure we’ll play at our usual high standards.”

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MATCH PREVIEW – Away to Hull

Town Women Travel To Hull In Search Of First Win.

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Huddersfield Town Women make the trip across Yorkshire to Hull City Ladies in a bid to win record their first win of the 2020/21 FA WNL.

The dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Fylde on the opening weekend was followed up by an equally enthralling 2-1 loss to Burnley at the weekend.

Town found themselves 2-0 down before Brittany Sanderson pulled one back to set up a crazy last few minutes in which the Terriers were awarded a penalty.

Kate Mallin stuck her spot kick away against Fylde, but Lucy Sowerby did not have the same fortune as last season’s top scorer pulled her effort wide from twelve yards, meaning Town fell to defeat. 

Hull have taken four points from their opening two matches this campaign, beating last season’s runaway leaders Sunderland 2-1 at Haworth Park on Sunday afternoon, meaning Wednesday’s hosts sit three points and three places higher than Town – sitting fifth in the league table.

The loss to Burnley sees the Terriers five points off top spot but, having beaten Hull in three of the last four meetings between the two sides, confidence should be high for the journey across the county. Top scorer in pre-season, Laura Elford began Sunday’s game on the bench and is therefore expected to feature heavily on Wednesday night and, with Serena Fletcher and Sarah Danby also coming on as second-half substitutes against Burnley, manager Jordan Wimpenny heads into the game with a fully fit squad. 

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MATCH PREVIEW – Away to Burnley

Town Women Travel to Burnley.

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Huddersfield Town Women face Burnley Women in their first away game of the 2020/21 FA WNL campaign which is another behind closed doors fixture

The Terriers began the season with the visit of Fylde Women FC and played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Stafflex Arena last weekend.

Despite not getting off to a winning start, manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was a very tough, competitive game and one which will do us good going forward. We created countless chances in the second half and unfortunately it wouldn’t quite go in the net for us, but the main thing is that the chances were there.”

Town’s defending was top drawer in pre-season, so Wimpenny wants to see more of the same and get the against the Clarets on Sunday.

“Burnley will be a tough test for us, they won their first game and will want to build on that this week. For us we know what to expect as a group and we know what we must try and do in order to win the game.”

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Pre-season’s top scorer Laura Elford is available for selection having missed the curtain-raiser last weekend and, having scored against Burnley in the sides’ last meeting, Town’s no.10 is determined to hit the ground running in 2020/21.

“The aim we have is to win every game we play. It would be nice to continue my form from pre-season, but the win is much more important.

I’ve not set out any personal targets as of yet, but if could hit 25 goals then I think that would be a good contribution and it would be great to get off the mark at the weekend.

Elford will give us a different dimension in the team”, says Wimpenny. “We have shown we have a very strong squad across the board and with Elford not being involved in the first game of the season I know she will be ready to get going on Sunday”

The 3-2 defeat in 2019/20 will still be in the players’ minds and, after they made a winning start against Sunderland last weekend, Wimpenny knows Burnley will prove a tough test – but believes his team is up for the task.

“It was great to see how our performances have shaped up in a game at this level and we were relentless in our attacks [against Fylde].

Every game is another opportunity for us to perform. We demand a lot of each other as players and staff. We know we need to improve from last week but also build on what we started to show in the second half: more fluidity, more variations of movements and more quality around the final third.”

The development squad are also action once again this weekend as they welcome Liverpool Feds to West Yorkshire.

Having won a sensational match 5-4 against local rivals Leeds United in their season-opener, manager Lee Briggs is confident of making it two from two.

“It was great to get off to a winning start and it was one that the group needed as a team. All the players are amazing and always confident, but the win definitely spread masses of positivity.

To score five in any game is good, but to have five different goalscorers just shows the strength across the board which is fantastic. Conceding four isn’t a concern. It was an end to end game so there was always going to be goals.

I expect that same level of performance, hard work and team work every match we play. That continues against Liverpool Feds this weekend.”

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MATCH PREVIEW – Home to Flyde

Due to the changing government guidance, unfortunately our first team game against AFC Fylde will now be playedBEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

Déjà Vu as Town Women Kick Off Season With Fylde Visit.

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Sarah Danby

Huddersfield Town Women host AFC Fylde Women in their 2020/21 curtain raiser in a repeat fixture of the beginning of last season.

That game finished 2-2 after Town threw away a two-goal half-time lead, but manager Jordan Wimpenny is confident that history won’t repeat itself.

“I’m happy with the performances over all I know there is so much more we can show as a group and this is something we will be looking to implement into the new season.

Defensively we have been organised and disciplined so far and we will be looking at doing more of the same on Sunday.”

Sunday’s game will be Wimpenny’s first competitive match as manager and, after winning all five pre-season fixtures, he and his team go into the game brimming with confidence.

“We want to be able to continue to demonstrate our identity we know this season the league will be tough but I believe in the group of players we have and with the football they have shown so far through preseason its sets a solid platform going into that first game.”

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Ball battle: Lauren Joyce, Laura Elford, Sharone Buckle

Laura Elford was on fire in pre-season, netting 11 times in 6 matches and Town’s no.10 wants to take her impressive form into the new season.

“It’s not surprising to us that we’ve played so well. Jordan out his intentions right from the start, told us what was expected and how to achieve it and that’s what we’ve been doing.

Personally, it’s great to score so many goals. The aim is to win every game so that’s what we’ll be wanting at the weekend.

If I can aim for 25 goals this season I think that would be a good contribution but overall our success will be measured as a squad as opposed to individual success.”

When the 2019/20 FA WNL campaign was declared null and void, the Terriers found themselves lying in fifth place in the table, but Wimpenny is expecting far better time around.

“We will approach each game to win and hopefully based on that approach reach the highest position we can. You always want to build and improve on previous and that’s something we will look to do this year.

Everyone enjoys a good cup run. For us we set our standards high but also demand a lot of each other and with the potential in the group both individually and collectively there is no reason why we can’t have one this year.”

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Sharone Buckle

The development squad also begin their league campaign on Sunday and, despite a difficult pre-season with defeats to Ossett United and Manchester United u21’s, manager Lee Briggs believes his side will kick start the season with a win.

“It’s been a really tough pre-season, but it’s going to stand us in great stead for the season. We took real positives in every game we’ve played. We go Sunday looking to put things we’ve looked at as positives in place.

The group always train with great attitudes and tempo also wanting to learn. Our team spirit is up there and there’s a great buzz in the group ahead of Sunday as well.

I’m expecting us to get a win and lots of goals.”

Preview by: Jack Walker


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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – MATCH PREVIEW – Away to Stockport County

Town Women’s Pre-Season Continues With Trip To Stockport

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Huddersfield Town Women travel to Stockport in their second game of pre-season.

The Terriers began their preparations for the 2020/21 season with a resounding 6-0 win over Chorley FC – manager Jordan Wimpenny was delighted after his first game in charge.

“I was very pleased to see how the group played. We were defensively strong and fluid in our attacks, the first time we have seen them perform the new system.

We have worked really hard on the identity of the group and the style in which we want to play our football, the group so far have been brilliant.”

Laura Elford bagged two goals, including a twenty-yard stunner, and is determined to continue her good form.

“I was pleased to play well. Personally, it was nice to get a couple of goals, it should have been more, but as a team we implemented what we’ve worked on in training which was great.”

Town’s no.10 was also involved in the 2020/21 kit launch earlier this week.

“It was great to see a couple men’s players who I haven’t met before and it was a really good experience. The more we are involved, the more exposure we get and that can only be good for us.”

Before last season was declared null and void, Huddersfield found themselves lying fifth in the FA WNL table, but Sunday’s win over Chorley shows signs of vast improvement – with new signings Bethan Davies and Serena Fletcher both impressing on debut.

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“Both players add to the quality we have within our side”, says Wimpenny.

“Bethan showcased her abilities and made a vital save when called upon and Serena showed us her qualities and what she can bring to our side.”

Stockport will pose much more of a physical threat to the Terriers than Chorley did last week but, with strength in depth and key players all fit, Elford believes that Town should come away with another win.

“I think they’ll set up a little differently to what we faced last weekend and we can expect a lot of physicality throughout the game, but we’ll stick to our game plan and see it if works in more than one game, which we are all confident of.”

The manager is also confident of another win. “Stockport have made a good start to their own pre-season games and no doubt will want to continue that again this weekend.

“For us it will be another good test to see how we play against other opposition and hopefully continue on from last week’s performance.”

2020/21 is one of the most promising seasons in the club’s history as the relationship with the men’s team grows ever stronger, so Wimpenny knows his team need to take full advantage of anything that comes their way.

“For us to bridge the gap between the men and women’s set up is key with the rise of women’s football this is an area we hope will keep growing and become stronger.”

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HTWFC – Trials & Recruitment 2020/ 21

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 Do you love football?
• Want to play in an all girls team?
• Think you’re good enough to join us?

Huddersfield Town Women FC is recruiting for their Under 18’s and junior teams.

If you think you’re good enough to join us ….. CLICK HERE and register your interest. We’ll be in touch with dates and times.

Currently recruiting for:

Under 11’s   Under 13’s
Under 15’s

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* Players must not be registered with any other SHWGL team

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