MATCH REPORT: Lighning Strikes Twice – Loughborough 1-3 Huddersfield

The Terriers progress into the next round of the FAWNL Cup.

– Town win 3-1 away from home.
– Goals from Elford, Mallin and Montgomery
– Thoughts of manager, Glen Preston

A thrilling match-up at Loughborough resulted in Town grabbing a vital win to keep their chances of another cup run alive, earning them a place in the next round.

Lucy Sowerby celebrating a goal away to Loughborough Lightning
PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

The first half saw both sides exchanging several attacking chances, with Loughborough striking the post in the 24th minute. Shortly later, a long ball by Brooke Marsden reached the path of Ria Montgomery, who comfortably converted into the back of the net.

The second half saw Laura Elford trying to impose herself with a shot that just skimmed the bar. Heaps of pressure inside the opposition box led to a thunderous Elford strike, that was hit on the turn, which smashed into the back of the net.

Town continued to pile pressure on Loughborough in an attempt to increase their lead. A brilliantly worked counter-attack from Town resulted in Kate Mallin slotting the ball under the keeper, giving them their third goal of the day. Although Loughborough were protesting a possible handball in the build-up leading to the attack – these were waved away by the referee.

Following successive substitutions for Town, Loughborough Lightning managed to pull one back from a crowded corner giving the Leicstershire side hope of a possible comeback. The Terriers continued to attack, and while doing so, managed to rattle the bar in an effort to score four.

A series of pivotal saves from Bethan Davies denied Loughborough of scoring any more before the full-time whistle inevitably blew, securing Town’s place in the next round of the FAWNL Cup and proving, with a 3-1 scoreline that lightning does strike twice.

Glen Preston shared his post-match thoughts:

“Happy with the win and with the amount of clear-cut chances we created. We probably should’ve scored one or two more, but overall it was a tough game. Loughborough are a good side and caused us problems in spells, so I’m delighted to win and get through to the next round.”

This game also Town’s final fixture of the year, one which saw Preston re-join the Terriers, he reflects on his start back at the club:

“It’s great to have won all four, and in convincing fashion too. I just hope it gives everyone involved with Town Ladies a nice lift going into the festive season because the club deserves it.”

Preston comments on the several changes made to the starting team from last week:

“It was great for Zoe, Brooke and Alice all to feature today and for me to get a look at what they can bring to the table, Vicky as well, who has not featured much this season. It’s not always easy when you make lots of changes, but they all did exceptionally well and I’m proud of them.”

Town next face Hull City Ladies on Sunday 9th January in the FAWNL.

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