Town Women Hit Four In Third Consecutive Win
Huddersfield Town Women recorded their third win in a row with a dramatic 4-2 victory over Middlesbrough Women on Teesside.
Kate Mallin’s first-half brace gave us the lead at the break before Brittany Sanderson and Sarah Danby made sure of the points in the second forty-five.
Despite losing, the home side started the brighter, had a few shots saved by Bethan Davies and hit the woodwork from a corner before falling behind.
After withstanding heavy pressure, Town broke forward and Danby’s through ball set Mallin through one-on-one who made no mistake in dispatching the ball across the goal and into the bottom corner.
That was the start of a crazy five minutes. Straight from the kick off, Middlesbrough attacked the goal and drew level when the ball was turned home on the goal line – prompting strong protests from Town’s defence.The setback, however, didn’t faze the Terriers. Quick attacking play opened up the hosts’ defence for a second time and Mallin repeated the task of putting the ball past the ‘keeper to restore the lead.
“It was really important for us to keep winning’, says Mallin.
We didn’t play well in the first half and the scoreline probably flattered us, but we got the three points and we’re going to take this into the game against Forest next weekend.”
Although they went into the break ahead, Jordan Wimpenny’s side had been second best in the first half. The manager was pleased to see his players’ desire and togetherness to come through such a hard test.
“We weren’t at our best in the first half. They caused us problems but we rose to the challenge and got the win.”
The second half saw the Terriers have much more of the ball as a tactical change worked wonders in possession. And it told.
Mallin’s runs in behind became an effective trait in the match and it was she who created the third goal.
A through ball split the opposition defence to find the winger who raced towards the by-line and, instead of going for her hattrick, slid the ball across the six-yard box for Sanderson who finished into the empty net.
There was a brief scare in store when Middlesbrough pulled a goal back courtesy of a deflected effort, but the travelling Terriers responded in exactly the right way.
From the very next attack, substitute Serena Fletcher beat her marker before seeing her shot saved by the ‘keeper. The ball was parried out and eventually fell to Katie Nutter who found Danby in the area. Town’s number nine dropped a shoulder, cut inside and fired a cracking shot into the far side of the net to guarantee her side all three points.The win sees Town move up above West Bromwich Albion into third place, setting up a tantalising clash with league leaders Nottingham Forest next weekend. The Terriers won the fixture 4-3 last season, so they will be hoping to get a fourth successive win to move level on points at the top of the table.
Match report by: Jack Walker