Huddersfield Town Women defeated by title-bound Wolves
- Wolves win 2-1 against Terriers
- Paige Crossman on scoresheet again.
- Thoughts of manager, Glen Preston.
HTAFC Women suffered their first defeat in three games on Sunday 3 April as Paige Crossman’s goal was not enough to overcome top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A Marie Gauntlett double saw the hosts collect another three points at the CKW Stadium as they move to within one game from winning the FAWNL title. Despite having dominance within the league, Town Women remained competitive in both fixtures against Wolves.
Infront of over 450 supporters, a relatively large amount for tier three football, the game opened to both sides looking to settle themselves into the game.
Wolves looked the more threatening within the first twenty minutes, coming relatively close with a direct freekick and testing Bethan Davies in goal. However, the hosts found the back of the net when an unmarked Gauntlett managed to chip a diving Davies from 25 yards out.
Town responded positively enjoying more chances in the remainder of the first half. On her 500th appearance for Huddersfield Town Women, Kate Mallin assisted Town Women’s equaliser where her corner was met by the head of Paige Crossman.
The second half started with Wolves ramping up the pressure although both sides failed to create any clear-cut chances early on. The home side evidently switched their tactics in the second half opting for longer balls down the wings – this proved successful as a quick throw and long pass allowed Wolves the chance to pass the ball across the box to an unmarked Gauntlett, again, who tapped the ball to Davies’ left to score a brace.
Both teams would continue to battle in midfield with Wolves continuing to be threatening from the wings and Town Women working their way through the midfield central positions. Town had several chances to equalise although Shan Turner did enough to protect her side’s one-goal lead. At the other end Wolves managed several shots on target however Davies confidently saved with her hands.
The full-time whistle sounded to the delight of the home side with Wolves one point away from securing the FAWNL title in their maiden-season in the league. Town Women fell to fifth place however with a game in hand, can move up to challenge for the top three places.
HTAFC Women manager Glen Preston commented after the game:
“I think 90% of that game you couldn’t separate both sides. They had one, maybe two shots all half – one of them was the goal.”
“I think overall, this is a difficult place to come to as Wolves are on good form, secondly the pitch has made it borderline impossible to play any football today as it was incredibly hard and bobbly all over, thirdly we were without our top two goalscorers today who would’ve been ideal for us physically – and yet we still gave a good account of ourselves in a very even affair.”
HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33 Bethan Davies (GK)
12 Autumn Housley
19 Paige Crossman (80′ Alice Linsell)
3 Beth Ibbotson
15 Georgia Marshall
57 Mia Parry
23 Serena Fletcher (80′ Yasmin Mason)
6 Lauren Griffiths
7 Katie Stanley (C)
9 Ria Montgomery
4 Kate Mallin (67′ Falone Sumaili)
Huddersfield Town Women returns to County Cup action on Thursday 7 April as they face their own development team in the semi-final. A unique game that can be watched by Huddersfield supporters with tickets available on the day at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA.