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Town Women host Newcastle in Fifth Pre-Season Fixture.

Huddersfield Town Women welcome Newcastle United Women to the Stafflex Arena with less than a month to go until the start of the 2020/21 season.

The Terriers have won all of their previous four friendlies in the build up to the new season by an aggregate score of 17-1, so manager Jordan Wimpenny is expecting another strong performance on Sunday.

“The group have showcased organised and fluid performances which we want to continue with the momentum in each game ready for the new season on the 20th. Newcastle will be another opportunity for us to do that.”

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Georgia Marshall – who missed last weekend’s win at FC United of Manchester – is expected to be back in the side to face the Magpies and, after scoring against Bradford, the teenage centre-half is confident of maintaining Town’s 100% record.

“We’ve only conceded one goal so far and to score in my last match was really good.

I can’t wait to start the season against Fylde so we need to continue our good form with a win against Newcastle on Sunday.”

Sunday’s visitors beat Alnwick Town Ladies 3-1 last time out, but lost 2-1 to local rivals Middlesbrough Women a two weeks ago. Wimpenny, though, knows his team will have to be on form to record a fifth straight win.

“Right now, for us it’s about getting our own identity and principles right. Newcastle no doubt with throw up more challenges for us and it’s about how we can identify those and overcome them.”

The Terriers’ stand-out performer thus far in pre season has to be Laura Elford – Town’s number ten has hit seven goals in her last two games, with nine overall, and wants to bag a few more against Newcastle.

“It’s really good to be getting on the score sheet and contributing to the team but it’s definitely about us as a team and what we can implement in preparation for the season.

Jordan set out his intentions from the start and told us what was expected and how we would achieve it and we’ve all worked really hard in training and on game days to ensure that we’re doing our individual jobs properly and therefore performing well as a team.

There’s a really good atmosphere around the club at the moment so hopefully it continues!”

The development squad were beaten 9-0 by an impressive Manchester United u21’s side in front of Ole Gunnar Solskjær last weekend, but manager Lee Briggs is confident of turning their form around on Sunday.

“It was a very tough game on Sunday and I’m proud of my team the way they stuck together and never gave up.

It is good to play harder opponents as we then see where we need to be in terms of fitness and our football levels.

I think it will be another tough game [this weekend]. We have to take games one at a time and it will the the same going into the season. We as a group want to win and preform well and put the last two games to bed.”

Preview by: Jack Walker

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