After two false starts, it’s finally another derby this week (hopefully) as the team hop over the M62 to take on Brighouse in the quarter-final of the FAWNL Cup.
• West Yorkshire Derby in the FAWNL Cup
• Town look for revenge against local rivals
• Third time lucky for the Terriers?
Huddersfield Town Women travel across West Yorkshire to face Brighouse Town on Wednesday 23rd February at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.
The match has been postponed twice so far, the Yorkshire weather can take credit for that. With the Terriers looking to extend their winning run in the FA Women’s National League Cup, will they be able to avenge the last defeat to the same opponents and progress to the semi-final? It is all to play for in a repeat fixture as both teams seek to advance in the competition.
Brighouse head into this game knowing they beat the Terriers last time out. On a wild and windy night, an unfortunate own goal by Paige Crossman was the only difference between the sides.
Town also took on Brighouse earlier in the season in a midweek kick off at the Stafflex Arena back in August. A game that was end-to-end. Town took the lead late on with a Britt Sanderson strike, before a late equaliser from Drew Greene meant the points were shared between the rival teams.
This will be the third time the teams have met this season. With a draw and a win for Brighouse, the Terriers will be looking to even the score. The prize at stake is a place in the semi-final of the FANWL cup.
With both teams consistent in the League Cup competition, and evenly matched in the Women’s National League, it’s hard to call which way the match will go. The Terriers will be fired up to make the semi-final, and will want to beat their rivals as they were unable to do so last time out.
Manager Glen Preston believes his side needs to overcome the previous result:
“We want to try and put right what we felt went wrong in the last game. Overall for us it’s purely about focusing on what principles will help us win this game and get us through to the next round of the cup. We need to play with our heads as much as our hearts. We have evaluated Brighouse extensively and we have a much better idea of their stye, strengths and vulnerabilities which we will be looking to exploit”
“I think we showed versus Everton that for long periods we could control the game off the ball versus a much superior side. We did a great job forcing them backwards, sideways and coaxing them into areas we wanted. When you consider we didn’t even get to train properly on our game plan, to me, makes the performance so much more impressive. I don’t expect us to be under the same levels of pressure against Brighouse, so we must prepare for a different type of game with different challenges.”
Britt Sanderson believes the recent meeting helps with being prepared:
“It does help, as we know what type of game to expect, and the type of problems they caused us last Wednesday. With it being a cup game we will be working hard in training this week to rectify last weeks result”
HOW TO WATCH
Town fans will be able to watch the derby in person at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium, HD6 2PL. With tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, this game is not to be missed.
Kick-off is hopefully at 7:45 PM on Wednesday 23rd February.
Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.