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MATCH REPORT: Town Blast Through Boldmere St Michaels in League Cup

Report by Cameron Felton

Seventh heaven for Town as they turn on the style against Boldmere St Michaels in the Women’s National League Cup Determining Round.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Huddersfield Town Women turned on the style as they dispatched National League Division 1 Midlands side Boldmere St Michaels, looking to right the wrongs of last week after the disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Burnley last weekend.
Brooke Marsden and Britt Sanderson grabbing braces, with Ria Montgomery, Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby also finding the back of the net for Steve Appleton’s side.

Town started the first period strong with Marsden coming closest in the opening five with her shot being blocked by the Boldmere defence, but the deadlock was soon broken in the sixth as Montgomery’s amazing run wasn’t dealt with and she put the ball past Daisy Jenkins in the Boldmere goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

11 minutes later Boldmere were on terms after Macy Fox found enough space in Town’s box to finish past Becky Flaherty in the town goal, from then on Town really started piling the pressure on, Sanderson firing just wide from outside the box not long after.

Town retook the lead after 18 minutes, Marsden getting the first of her double after tapping in from close range.
The division one side nearly hit back straight away but their shot fizzed over Flaherty’s goal and Boldmere were made to pay. Five minutes later, Town stretched further in front after a deflected ball forward fell at the feet of Sanderson and she fired into the back of the net for her first of the game.

The half-way mark of the period passed, and Town could’ve extended their lead, Marsden getting on the end of a fantastic cross and forced Boldmere keeper Jenkins into a save, moments later Sowerby nearly snuck one into the far-right top corner, her venomous shot hitting the back of a Boldmere defender and cannoning back off the underside of the bar.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Two minutes later it was Boldmere’s turn to hit the bar, after some brilliant interception play, the ball is played forward and luckily for town bounces off the bar and they’re able to clear any danger.

Still more drama in the 1st period as Town so nearly had a fourth as a bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Boldmere defence and bounces over the ‘keeper but a defender manages to get back and clear off the line.

The second period started just as dramatic as the first finished, Town hitting the bar again after getting round the keeper and getting a shot away and moments later Georgia Marshall comes close with her header.

Sanderson got her second of the game two minutes later as Boldmere hesitated on the ball and a wayward pass fell straight at Sanderson’s feet and she placed it past Jenkins in the visitor’s goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Mallin was straight into the action after coming off the bench as she gets down the line to deliver a brilliant ball into Sowerby, the latter unable to convert from close range. Moments later Mallin extended town’s lead after a brilliant ball over the top is matched with a brilliantly timed run and kept her composure whilst bearing down goal and coolly stroked the ball into the far-left corner, well out the reach of Jenkins outstretched arms.

The action didn’t stop there as town were running rampant and three minutes later made it six as Sowerby’s effort hits the post but rebounds to an acceptant Marsden, who tapped home for Towns sixth and her second.

10 minutes before the end Annie Highway got a goal back for the visitors but Sowerby finally found the net for Town after an afternoon of frustration for the forward. Boldmere giving a freekick away just over 18 yards out, slightly left of centre and the Town forward did no more than smash the ball towards goal and watching her shot cannon off the inside of the post and nestle in the opposite corner without bouncing. An impressive goal to finish and impressive performance off the Terriers and booking their place in the next round of the league cup.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Manager Steve Appleton speaking after the game:

I think on occasions we looked comfortable in the game, but you can’t switch off, Boldmere scored two goals, second ones a really good finish probably not much we could’ve done about that one but the first goals a bit sloppy on our point of view

After last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Burnley, Appleton said his team have been a bit inconsistent but was much happier after this afternoon’s emphatic win in front of the terriers fans at the Stafflex,

“You’ve got to be happy, were in the next round of the cup, we’ve scored seven goals and some of our football was superb and Boldmere came here to cause an upset so we had to be professional with what we did and we know the players reacted in the right way”

Town are next in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 26th September with a 2pm kick-off time here at the Stafflex Arena

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town kick off Cup at Home

The Women’s National League cup returns for another season as Huddersfield Town Women welcome, Division One Midlands table toppers, Boldmere St Michaels to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Town will be looking to make a winning start in this year’s competition, which returns to the fixture calendar for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. Huddersfield will also want to redeem themselves following their disappointing 4-0 loss away to Burnley last week. Manager Steve Appleton says inconsistency has cost his team so far this season.

“We’ve been inconsistent so far this season but as with any period of transition, we won’t be perfect overnight, although there has been lots of positives so far.”

Sunday’s visitors have made a fantastic start to the season taking 13 points from an available 15. They started the season with an impressive 8-1 victory against Bedworth United and have stayed unbeaten. Despite their lower league status, Appleton has warned his side about being complacent with the lower league opposition:

“Our opponents are in the league below, but they have made a good start to their season, so we need to avoid complacency and treat them with the respect they deserve.”

This will be Town’s first Sunday fixture at home this season with their only other home fixture ending as a draw against local rivals Brighouse Town several Wednesdays ago. Appleton has called out for Terriers fans to back the team this weekend.

“It’ll be good to get back in front of our supporters, I hope we get a good following, and the fans are behind the team after a tough week.”

Kick-off is from 2pm Sunday at the Stafflex Arena, with match updates via Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

Tickets are available on the gate and are priced as follows.
Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Kids: Free

Please note that it is Cash Only at the Stafflex Arena.

Preview by Cameron Felton.

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