Match Preview by: Oliver Eaton
Town Women return to action in 2022 against Hull City
- First league game since November
- Town on 6-game winning streak.
- Glen Preston looks ahead for 2022.
League action finally returns for Huddersfield Town Women as they travel to Hull City Ladies this Sunday 9 January.
Unbeaten since Halloween, the Terriers have enjoyed a six-game winning streak with the focus mainly being on the FAWNL Cup competition and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. The last league game Town played was the fantastic 3-0 victory against AFC Fylde in what was Glen Preston’s first game in charge back in November. That victory saw Town rise to fourth in the table however since have dropped a place with other fixtures being played.
Meanwhile, winless Hull City Ladies come into this game bottom of the league table and are looking to find momentum as we enter the half way point in the fixture calendar. The Tigers did taste victory back in November when they beat Blackburn Community Sports Club in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup however were knocked out of the cup against fourth tier side Liverpool Feds two weeks later.
Despite their poor form, manager Glen Preston believes Hull will provide a tough match:
“I have a lot of time for Adrian Costello [Hull’s Manager], I know him well, he’s a good coach who knows the game inside out, and whilst his project is very different to ours in the sense, he’s building a very young side with great potential for the long term”
“We are under no illusions that this will be a tough game, in fact you only have to look back at the last time we played Hull away, we needed to come from behind to get a very narrow victory. So, I expect to play against a side who are fighting for their lives, organised and who will be looking to make the game as difficult as possible for us.”
Last season, Haworth Park proved to be the launch pad for Town’s season-long unbeaten streak under Jordan Wimpenny. Town took home all three points on a rainy Wednesday night when both teams faced each other in 2020, with the Terriers winning 2-1. Laura Elford scoring a brace on her return from injury and would later become Town’s top scorer for the curtailed season.
Despite being at the club for over two months, this will only be Preston’s second league game in charge of the Terriers. Preston looks ahead to what 2022 could look like for his team:
“We know we are hanging on by a thread to stay in the title race and so it’s going to be a tough ask for us to claw back a 6-9 points deficit in half a season – but we’ll never give on that dream.”
“In the Vitality Women’s FA Cup the goal versus Everton will be to put in a performance Town fans can get behind and be proud of, and in other competitions we’ll be putting ourselves under pressure to try and win them.”
”We’re under no illusions about how big a task that is especially where there are some great sides still in the FAWNL Cup, but every person at this club wants to win things and you can feel that hunger around the place and so that’s the challenge we’ll set ourselves and see what happens.”
PLAYER TO WATCH
As top scorer currently this season, Brittany Sanderson will be looking to extend her season total of 13 goals. Scoring three goals in her previous three games also shows that she has momentum in front of goal, one of these securing her December’s ‘Goal of the Month’ award.
The hosts will be looking towards Ellie Tanser for their attacking threat with her currently being the Tigers’ top goal scorer this season with four goals.
HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC
Kick off on Sunday 9th January is at 2:00pm at Haworth Park, Hull (HU6 7DY) with away supporters welcome and pay on the gate available.
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.