Due to the changing government guidance, unfortunately our first team game against AFC Fylde will now be played – BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
Déjà Vu as Town Women Kick Off Season With Fylde Visit.
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.”
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.”
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