Town Women Battle To Vital Three Points
Huddersfield Town Women recorded their fifth-straight win in the FA WNL by beating Sheffield FC 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Laura Elford’s first half brace was enough to see the Terriers hold on to a lead that looked to have been cancelled out with a back-post header, but the offside flag was raised instantly.
Town made a lively start to the encounter and took the lead in the ninth minute of the game when Sarah Danby cut inside before being fouled just inside the box. Elford stepped up to the penalty spot and unerringly dispatched the ball into the bottom left corner.
Moments before the scoreline moved to 2-0, the hosts almost had an equaliser. A cracking effort rattled off the inside of the post before the offside flag was raised on the rebound, which was dealt with anyway.
The Terriers then headed straight down the other end and doubled their lead courtesy of Elford’s powerful effort at the near post. Town’s no.10 took the shot first time, leaving Sheffield’s ‘keeper no time to set herself.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with the win.
“We made it harder than it maybe should have been, but we have to be pleased with another three points.
We could have been more clinical, but we had three shots cleared off the [goal]line so on another day it could have been another scoreline.”
Although the home side pulled a goal back late in the first half, goalkeeper Bethan Davies didn’t have much to do between the sticks – saving the only other testing shot she faced as she got down well to turn a curling effort past the post.
Town went into the game on the back of the sensational 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest and their 2-2 draw at home to Hull City means that the Terriers leapfrog their title challengers in the table. Wimpenny, though, isn’t looking at the standings.
“We can’t be looking at the table yet. We also can’t be relying on other teams’ results. We just need to focus on ourselves and doing our job.”
Brittany Sanderson had two shots brilliantly cleared off the line during the ninety minutes – one within seconds of the final whistle – and Beth Ibbotson also saw her header kiss the outside of the post from a corner, so the result could have been more comfortable for the travelling Terriers.
The 2-1 win, however, is enough to keep their winning streak rolling and Wimpenny is confident that his side can make it six victories when they welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Stafflex Arena next time out
“We always believe in ourselves going into matches. We’ve kept that momentum going and know that we are capable of being much more clinical and better on the ball than we were against Sheffield. If we do that, I’m sure we’ll get another positive result.”
Preview by: Jack Walker