Huddersfield Town Women beat Sheffield FC in Second Round of FA Cup.
Huddersfield Town Women played host to Sheffield FC in an away game at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 6 December in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after being rescheduled following Storm Arwen.
With the Terriers beating Sir Tom Finney ladies 20-nil in the last round, and Sheffield FC winning on penalties, the tie was set up and scheduled to be played on November 28. However, after a snow storm hit the country, the game was postponed. Just one week later, the game went on, and although it was reversed to a home tie for Town, both sides were ready to earn themselves a place in the next round.
The first half was fairly steady for both Town and Sheffield, and just under 10 minutes in, Lucy Sowerby had a chance that was just over the crossbar. Then, minutes later, Brittany Sanderson had two attempts at goal, with the first being after a lovely cut back from Kate Mallin, but her headed chance was straight into the hands of Abi Megeary.
As chances were falling for Town before the break, it was Beth Stanfield and Laura Elford who had their chances fly over the crossbar and saved respectively before the whistle blew for half-time.
A big 45 minutes approached for both sides as they both equally wanted to progress; however, it was the Terriers who found a breakthrough when Paige Crossman scored the opener. A big call was needed from the referee after the ball hit the crossbar, appeared to cross the line before falling back into the box, but moments later he pointed to the centre circle to confirm the wing-back gave Town the lead.
Just over 10 minutes later, Town’s lead was doubled after an unlucky deflection and own-goal seen the ball fly into the back of the net. Then it added time, Sanderson finally got her goal after her half a dozen chances.
Manager Glen Preston spoke at full-time after his sides’ progression in the cup.
“The mission was to get through to the next round and we have done it, and we have done it comfortably. Could we have won by a bigger margin? Absolutely! But we were patient and got the goals, and we have been professional.“
“Loughborough will be a different game, today was an attack vs defence for 90 minutes with 10 players in the penalty area, it was tough to break them down.”
“Loughborough are a side that try and play a lot of football, so they will be different types of games, we just have to do our preparations and be as professional as we ever would and if we play with our maximum capabilities and intensity we will give everybody a game in this league.”
Town now host Loughborough Lightning on Sunday 12 December as they look to book a place in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.