Town Women Begin League Campaign With Fylde Draw
Huddersfield Town Women began their FA WNL campaign with a 3-3 draw against Fylde on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Kate Mallin, Brittany Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby saw the Terriers take a point from a game which ebbed and flowed until the very end.
The visitors started the brighter side and took the lead early on when Town failed to clear a cross, leaving too much space in the box for the ball to be turned home from close range.
But from then on, the hosts were the dominant force. Mallin stepped up to convert from the spot after Sowerby was hacked down by the Fylde ‘keeper just 5 minutes after falling behind before Sanderson bundled the ball over the line to turn the game on its head.
The visitors, however, would not lie down and struck back in controversial fashion.
The referee gave a freekick for a strong challenge by Beth Ibbotson – despite the defender winning the ball – and Fylde scrambled the ball into the back of the net to equalise.
And the away side began the second half how they started the first.
A long ball into the box forced Town ‘keeper Bethan Davies into clearing with her feet, but the ball spiraled in the strong wind, forcing the shot-stopper to spill the ball inside the area where Fylde were waiting to punish her.
The Terriers now found themselves 3-2 down and, without pre-season’s top scorer Laura Elford, the game was in danger of running away from them as they hit the crossbar three times in the second half.
But, right on cue, Lucy Sowerby struck gold.
Town’s centre forward hit 20 goals in as many games last season and picked up where she left off with a brilliant 25-yard strike which sailed past the ‘keeper into the left-hand corner of the net to ensure that her side went away with a point from an enthralling 2020/21 curtain-raiser. Despite not getting the win, manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with his team’s display.
“We were the better side and really should have won the game. We hit the bar three times but that’s football sometimes.
Our defence played well and Bethan [Davies] kept us in the game in the first half so she can be pleased with her performance.
There are lots of positives to take into the game at Burnley next week where we will have a full squad to pick from so we will go there looking to build on this performance and take the three points.”
Match Report by: Jack Walker
Photos by: Jess Hornby