Huddersfield Town Women victorious at home against West Brom Albion.
- Sanderson scores brace, Stanley on scoresheet.
- Town Women get a league clean sheet.
- Thoughts of Manager, Glen Preston.
HTAFC Women came out of a scrappy affair with all three points on Sunday 27 March.
With both teams having multiple chances it was Brittany Sanderson who found the net twice, one in each half. Captain Katie Stanley was also on the scoresheet at the start of the second half. Their goals were enough to secure the victory for the Terriers.
Coming into this game, both teams found themselves mid-table and looking to end the season in good form. The game opened to both sides creating half-chances without creating any threats. Although The Baggies hit the crossbar around the 12th minute.
Town Women’s first chance occurred moments before their opening goal when captain Stanley fired a volley over the bar, however HTAFC Women didn’t have to wait long as Sanderson poked the ball just past the WBA goalkeeper into the back of the net.
Albion Women would hit the crossbar once again before the break with Shannon Stamps being denied by the woodwork for the second time in the game. Although moments later Town Women came close to their second with Albion’s goalkeeper making a big save.
The second half opened in good fashion for the Terriers with Stanley converting from a corner routine, started by Sanderson. Huddersfield would continue adding pressure, with Serena Fletcher’ shot being saved by the WBA shot stopper.
Gameplay became rather stop-start during the final half hour with a number of bookings being made by the referee. This theme continued when Town Women were awarded a penalty in the final five minutes. Sanderson stepped up to convert with a rocket into the bottom left of the goal. The aftermath of Town’s third goal saw a number of sending offs and sinbins being given to the visitors’ as tensions continued to rise.
A scrappy final couple of minutes saw Falone Sumaili impress as she made her first team league debut, having a couple of shots that were blocked inside the box. The full time whistle sounded to the delight of the home team as Preston’s side secured their first league win in nearly a month.
Manager, Glen Preston reflects on his side’s flow throughout the game:
“We started slowly today, the first 25-30 minutes West Brom were very good and in charge of the game. But as the game progressed, we started to take over and ended the first half very strong, we had chance after chance in the second half. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half in difficult circumstances with the referee.”
HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33. Bethan Davies (GK);
3. Beth Ibbotson;
12. Autumn Housley;
19. Paige Crossman;
15. Georgia Marshall;
57. Mia Parry (81’ 18. Alice Linsell);
23. Serena Fletcher (71’ 6. Lauren Griffiths);
7. Katie Stanley © (87’ 34. Falone Sumaili);
11. Brittany Sanderson;
10. Laura Elford;
9. Ria Montgomery.
Town Women are straight back into action as they face promotion chasing AFC Fylde in the league on Wednesday 30th March under the floodlights.