Huddersfield Town Women hit Chorley FC Women for six at the Stafflex Arena to begin their pre-season in style.
Two strikes from Laura Elford and a goal a piece fromBrittany Sanderson, Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby – added to by an own goal – compounded the visitors to a resounding defeat.
The two sides were evenly matched in the opening half hour, with both teams attacking potently down the flanks, and only a smart stop from debutant Bethan Davies prevented the away side from taking the lead. The former WSL2 winner would go on to keep a clean sheet on her first outing for the Terriers.
Moments later, however, Town hit the front. Having being dispossessed, Elford battled hard on the edge of the area before shifting the ball into her favoured right foot and hammering a rocket into the top right corner.
Chorley’s ‘keeper had a blinding first half, but when she spilled Katie Nutter’s low drive, Sanderson was on hand to turn the ball home from close range to give the Terriers a two-goal half-time lead.
The visiting defence couldn’t deal with Town’s trickery in the box and, after Nutter was brought down from behind, Elford bagged her second of the afternoon before being replaced by debutant Serena Fletcher.
The midfielder signed from Blackburn last week and made an instant impact – twisting and turning away from her marker before her cross was turned into the Chorley net by a despairing defender.
This came after Kate Mallin grabbed Town’s fourth, turning home Lucy Sowerby’s square ball, and there was even time for last season’s top scorer to get on the scoresheet herself in the closing minutes of what turned out to be a very one-sided game.
New manager Jordan Wimpenny was thrilled with his team’s performance.
“There are so many positives that we’ll take from this. Every player did very well and all the substitutes made an impact.
That’s vital for us because of how we play. We need dynamic movement for the whole ninety minutes and that’s what we had today.
The keepers played one half each and both kept clean sheets which was great and important for their confidence. Bethan [Davies] made a great save at nil-nil so I’m very happy with her debut.”
FULL TIME: 6-0
By: Jack Walker