Preview by Glenys
Huddersfield Town Women return to home league action as they welcome Lancashire rivals Burnley.
• Fifth against sixth
• Fans can watch at Stafflex Arena
The Lancashire side have been flying up the table. Burnley have won seven of their last league matches. Only Brighouse have recently beaten The Clarettes, even top of the league Wolves were defeated by Burnley, which is a feat in itself. Of the 21 matches that The Clarettes have played, they have drawn 3, won 12 and lost 6 times. This will be an interesting match for the Terriers at home.
Last time out at the County Ground in Leyland, the Terriers were behind in the first minutes of the game. Although Town Women made a quick attack from the kick off, the Clarettes scored within the first minute and a half taking the lead.
Both sides had chances from there on in, neither side able to control the game. Several shots on goal and goal mouth scrambles came to nothing, as both keepers made fantastic saves when required.
Town Women went into the break down two goals as the Clarettes were awarded a penalty and scored from the spot. The second half didn’t start any better for the Terriers, as once again they were down another goal within a minute of the restart.
The Terriers were outplayed on the day, and Burnley put the game to bed 10 minutes into the second half with the fourth goal. will want to get another three points on the board, and claim a second win on the bounce. Although Town Women did have a good spell towards the end of the match, the final whistle came as a relief.
The Clarettes will be looking to do the double over the Terriers, Wolves and Derby have completed the double over Town Women this season, Burnley will be hoping to join them. However, The Terriers will want to get three points and move up in the league.
Having defeated Hull at the weekend, the Town Women will be in good spirits and looking to get another win on the board. Having defeated Fylde in style the Terriers then lost to top of the table Wolves. Burnley are the only team to have defeated Wolves this season so cannot be taken lightly.
Both teams want the win, neither team will be satisfied with anything other than the three points. The Clarettes and the Terriers clash looks to be a good match up, with the victors moving up the table. A draw will leave league positions unchanged..
Manager Glen spoke ahead of the match.
Burnley are somewhat of a bogey team for us. I’m not sure we have beaten them since they came into the league. They beat us comfortably earlier in the season. I’ve watched Burnley a couple of times this season, from what I’ve seen they could easily be the best team in the league. They play a different system to most teams. Burnley have a clear way of playing, they press with great intensity like we do. Above all else, they have a very clear attacking framework on how they want to score goals.
So many teams play off the cuff in the final third, but Burnley have a very good structure. I have a lot of admiration for the way they hae been coached, we will have to be on our A game to win.
Burnley are probably favourites for this match, having improved over the season with only one loss in the last few games. Having beaten the Terriers last time out, Burnley riding high are looking good for the win.
This will be a tough match for Town Women, however, if the team bring their A game there is no reason that the Terriers cannot prevent the Clarettes from adding to their points, and of course preventing a third club from doing the double over Town Women.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
For the Terriers, Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against Hull last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On over 20 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.
Mia Parry has scored in the last two games she has played in. The midfielder, who joined the Terriers on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season has impressed since her arrival. Parry has gained in experience at Town and will want to stake a claim to a potential full time move.
HOW TO WATCH
Huddersfield fans will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Thursday at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off 7.45pm. 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.