MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Hull City

Huddersfield Town Women end their season with a home game

  • Huddersfield Town Women final game of the season
  • Can still rise up the table
  • Cup winners final game
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Huddersfield Town Women host Hull City, in the final game of the season. Town Women enter the game as County Cup Champions, and sit sixth in the league. The Women Terriers still have a change to finish in the four with victory and a couple of other results going their way.

Hull City LFC are bottom of the FAWNL Premier Division North and have been relegated from the division. Town Women end the season with silverware, as the Women Terriers lifted the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup on last Sunday.

Town Women can edge back up the table with a win against bottom of the league Hull City LFC. City have lost their last five league outings, , in fact, City have only won one match all season. Hull City have been relegated from the divison so have nothing to loose going into this game.

Town Women will be looking to end their season on a high, after winning the Cup last weekend, Huddersfield Town Women will not want to end on a defeat.

Hull City conceded 10 goals in their last three games, one of which was the reverse fixture against Town Women. City scored a goal against Derby County, but otherwise have struggled to find the back of the net.

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Hull will be out to try and win. Although already relegated, a win against a current top six side will at least be a boost to confidence. City have struggled this season and aim to go out with some pride, and will want to beat the team that relegated them.

LAST TIME OUT

Town Women travelled to Haworth in April to play the postponed match. Early chances fell to both sides, but no one could find the net. In the first 20 mins the hosts had the opportunity to take the lead, however our keeper made a fine save from their corner. Town Women took the lead when Beth Ibbotson headed in from a Brittany Sanderson cross.

On the stroker of half time, the Women Terriers doubled their lead. Katie Stanley crossed to Mia Parry who netted. After the break the hosts had another free kick, and a great chance to get back in the game. Fortunately, Stanley cleared and it came to nothing.

City pushed for a way back into the game, but lacked quality in the final third. However, Town Women had no such issues, they kept the pressure on and Sanderson got on the end of Kate Mallins cross to score the third.

The final ten minutes just added to City misery as Stanley made it four, then Sanderson rounded off the game to make it five. All three points went back to West Yorkshire, and Hull City were relegated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vicky Abbott will be playing her last game for Huddersfield Town Women against Hull City. The defender is set to hang up her boots at the end of the season. Abbott has been with the Women Terriers for 10 years. Her last game for Town Women will be full of emotions, but Abbott will go out on a high.

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For Hull City LFC Rachael Ackroyd will be one to watch. The City striker has netted a few times this season, so will be the main threat once again for the Town Women.

Glen said:

We played Hull the other week, and I thought until the late stages it was reasonably close game. They had some key players missing, and had the better of the opening exchanges. We know score lines are misleading and change expectations, but Hull will be going all out to end on a high. They will be a tough test for us, Aidy is a top coach.

On lifting silverware

It’s great to have reached two cup finals (again) and to finally win one. From a personal point of view, i’d lost my last three finals with Town, so, for my sanity I needed the win last Sunday. It was a great performance from the players, they were top drawer.

On league position

As for final league position, I don’t think it matters too much now. On form we hve been the third best team in the second half of the season. We’ve only dropped points in games where we’ve suffered heavy injuries to key attacking players. Injuries mixed with a very heavy fixture pile up has meant we havent’t been able to rest plyers at all, so I think it’s been tough for us mentally and physically, yet we have put in top performances.

The final game

Today will be more about trying to sign off the season with a win, but maybe also giving 1-2 players from the development team an opportunity. As well as saying goodbye to a few club legends who will be sorely missed (there may be the odd tear after the game.)

Kick off is Sunday 10th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. Fans are welcome to come along and support the team. 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.

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