Jordan Wimpenny tasted defeat for the first time as his side lost 2-1 against Burnley Women. Two defensive mistakes allowed Burnley to go ahead in the second half before a frantic final 10 minutes saw Brittany Sanderson score from a corner and a last-minute penalty missed by Lucy Sowerby.
The first half was a close affair with both teams cancelling each other out. Burnley’s back 5 set up seemed to limit any movement down the wings. Lauren Bracewell was superb in goal, with several chances from Charley Evans, Lauren Griffiths and Kate Mallin being saved. Meanwhile Bethan Davies produced some great saves to keep the game goalless going into the break
Town were left regretting their missed chances in the second half as a defensive mistake saw Burnley move one-on-one on goal with Katie Thomas coming out as the winner. Town made several changes which failed to bolster the attack. Thomas found herself again in front of goal and converted from inside the box.
A series of chances saw Huddersfield win a corner which was converted from 5 yards with Sanderson getting her second goal of the season. This late resurgence saw more attacking moves from Jordan Wimpenny’s side and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty in the final moments of the game following a hand ball. Lucy Sowerby stepped up to the spot to try and save a point. Her penalty lacked any power or accuracy as it flew past the right post. That would prove to be one of the final kicks of the game.
Huddersfield have to recover quickly as they play midweek away to Hull City.
Match Report by: Oliver Holmes