23rd February 2020
Stoke City 1 – 1 Huddersfield Town Women
Town Women gained a point away to fourth placed Stoke City, in their first league match since late November. A first half goal for Kate Mallin was cancelled out by Stoke’s Ella Pemberton in the second half. The result means that Stoke move up one place in the table, whereas Huddersfield stay sixth.
Strong winds proved a strong factor throughout the game and was evident during the first half as Town played with the wind behind them. This provided an extra threat when shooting towards goal and required the excellent reactions from Stoke keeper Charlotte Clarke. The wind assisted Mallin’s corner which ended in the back of the net in the 22ndminute. The rest of the first half saw more close chances for Huddersfield and at the other end Lauren Joyce was tested by Stoke’s attackers.
The second half saw Stoke come into the game more. They came close to equalising in the 70thminute when Natasha Baptiste beat Town’s offside trap to face the keeper one-on-one however was denied by good goalkeeping. Just moments later a failed clearance provided Pemberton the chance to shoot from far, rocketing above Joyce’s head.
Both teams looked for a winner during the last 15 minutes. Huddersfield had close chances in front of goal, but all efforts went wide whereas Stoke had another one-on-one chance but failed to capitalise.
The final kick of the game saw the post rattling for Huddersfield as a scramble failed to pass the line.
Huddersfield will face Fylde away next Sunday whereas Stoke welcome Burnley.
Match report by : Oliver Eaton