PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – FC Utd of Manchester vs HTWFC

Elford hattrick fires Town Women to Fourth Consecutive Victory.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides playing with intensity and it was Town who struck first in the fifth minute.

Having pulled an effort wide of the far post moments earlier, Laura Elford controlled the ball in the box and smashed the ball beyond the ‘keeper from close range to open the scoring. 

And she wasted no time in scoring again. Kate Mallin did superbly to beat her marker and get to the byline and her low cross was turned home by Elford with the goal at her mercy.
After four goals against Bradford last weekend, Town’s no.10 was on a hattrick once more with less than twenty minutes on the clock.

More chances followed, with Mallin, Elford and Brittany Sanderson all inches away from increasing the lead before the break and, although they didn’t extend the lead, the Terriers were by far the happier of the two sides at the break.

But they didn’t have to wait long for number three in the second half, and neither did Elford.

The ball was recycled following corner and struck a hand inside the area which gave Town’s no.10 to complete her hattrick from the spot 

Just like last week, she made no mistake and put the game beyond all doubt if it wasn’t already.

The Terriers’ top scorer so far in pre-season then hit the base of the post as she searched for her eighth goal in two games as the home side struggled to deal with Huddersfield’s high press and it would have been a much higher scoreline if the home ‘keeper wasn’t in inspired form – somehow saving Sowerby’s rocket of a volley.

The hosts nearly got a consolation when a cross just evaded two attackers in the area, but that was as close as they came to pulling a goal back.

Having kept clean sheet in all three of her previous appearances in pre-season, new signing Bethan Davies put in another solid performance between the sticks and was pleased with another win.

“It’s always nice to keep a clean sheet – as a ‘keeper it’s obviously my responsibility.

Playing out from the back is also key to how we play so to see that work well again this afternoon was good.”

Assistant Manager Marcus Wilkinson was also thrilled with the side’s performance as they made it four wins from four games at the start of his tenure.

“Four wins is very impressive and exactly what we wanted. It was a good display across the park.

To see all the players who started on the bench come on and contribute positively was great to see and we’ll go into next week’s game with Newcastle expecting another result.”

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By: Jack Walker


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