Huddersfield Town Women beat Greater Manchester side Stockport County by 2 goals to nil this past Sunday with goals from Laura Elford and Paige Crossman.
Following the news that broke Saturday morning about Jordan Wimpenny’s departure, this was the first game that saw Steve Appleton in charge. The Terriers came into this game following a competitive draw against Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The game started with both teams tending to cancel each other out around the midfield areas, although there were some positive spells for both teams as they attacked throughout the first half.
Bethan Davies was forced into a fantastic save when a Stockport player broke into the box. Town’s Laura Elford opened the scoring after the half hour mark from a ball that looked like a cross, which found itself lobbing the goalkeeper from a wide position. Town nearly doubled their lead when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball crashing against the bar and off the line. Just before the half time whistle Macy Ellis had a golden opportunity to score her first ever senior Huddersfield goal when she side-stepped the keeper only for her shot to be cleared off the line.
The second half started just as the above rain cloud decided to burst. Like the first half, most possession was fought within the midfield areas with small glimpses of counter-attacks that failed to challenge either goalkeeper. New signing Ria Montgomery’s introduction to the game saw more attacking threat being utilised on the wide areas as Town were awarded a series of corners. One of these set-pieces allowed Town to double their lead when Paige Crossman headed into the back of the net. The rest of the half saw Town enjoy more attacking threat but failed to test the goalkeeper.