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MATCH PREVIEW: Third time lucky? Brighouse Town vs Huddersfield Town League Cup Quarter-Final

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?

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

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.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

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.”

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Brighouse Town vs Huddersfield Town League Cup Quarter-Final

Once again it’s another derby this week 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
• Fans can watch at Yorkshire Payment Stadium

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Huddersfield Town Women travel across West Yorkshire to face Brighouse Town on Wednesday 16th February at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. 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 on 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. 

Last season, the sides met in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. Both teams know each other well now, and the game should be end to end stuff. The Terriers and Brighouse enjoy scoring goals in the cup competiton, so this should be a goal fest of a match.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

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.”

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

PLAYERS TO WATCH

As the Terriers top scorer, Britt Sanderson will be eager to add to her tally. Sanderson missed out on a goal the last time the sides met, Brittany will be desperate to rectify that. Sanderson scored in the previous two appearances against the opposition.

Town forward Laura Elford was unlucky last time out, when she hit the post. The striker is only one goal behind Sanderson and will want to increase her total, this would be the ideal opportunity to do so.  

Brighouse have plenty of goal scorers themselves. Former Terrier Leah Embley is their top scorer. Embley stands head and shoulders above her team mates, currently on 20 goals for the season.

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 at 7:45 PM on Wednesday 16th 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.

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MATCH REPORT: Brighouse Town 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Glen Preston finally tastes defeat with loss against local rivals.

  • Town defeated after bizarre own goal.
  • Tough conditions prevented any football.
  • Comments from manager, Glen Preston.
PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

After a fantastic run of eight games consecutively won, Huddersfield Town Women were finally defeated at the hands to local rivals Brighouse Town at the Yorkshire Payment Stadium. The evening kick off on Wednesday 26th January ended with the hosts taking all three points due to a bizarre Paige Crossman own goal assisted by poor weather conditions.

It became evident from the beginning of the game that the flow of play would be limited by a hardened pitch and strong winds. Most of the game was a battle of midfield with both teams having small periods where they would threaten the other team’s box however no clear-cut chances would materialise for either side. Both keepers made comfortable saves when called upon and Town nearly went ahead around the half hour mark when Laura Elford hit the post.

Just five minutes later the hosts would find the back of the net courtesy of a strange own goal caused by the strong winds and bad luck. Bethan Davies attempted to clear the ball away from her box but struck Crossman hitting the ball back over everyone in the box and into the back of the net.

The second half didn’t bring much change to the way the game was played. Both teams struggled to materialise any attacking plays. Town’s defence were called into action on several occasions with good tackles flying in from Beth Ibbotson and a goal-line clearance by Georgia Marshall. Town tried creating their own chances too with several free kick opportunities allowing town to forced balls into the box. However, with minutes turning into seconds Brighouse held possession until the full-time whistle sounded to the delight of the packed-out Yorkshire Payments Stadium.

Glen Preston wasn’t too disheartened by his team’s performance:

“It was a tough one to take today, the conditions really made it impossible. It was an awful game of football – there was no football played by either side. It was tough to get down and play.

“On the one hand did we deserve to lose? I don’t think so – but equally I’m not so sure we did enough to win either. The disappointing thing for us is, I don’t think in 90 minutes any of our goalkeepers faced a shot on target and yet we’ve lost the game one-nil. So that is the most disappointing part of the day.”

Despite the disappointing result, Town can now look forward to Sunday 30th January when Everton come to play, live at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Brighouse Town vs Huddersfield Town

It’s a midweek derby under the lights this week as the hop over the M62 to take on Brighouse in the Northern Premier Division.

• West Yorkshire Derby under the lights 

• Terriers look to climb further up the table

• Town look to win 9 games in a row.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Huddersfield Town Women travel across West Yorkshire to face Brighouse Town on Wednesday 26 January at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. With the Terriers looking to extend their winning run of eight games, will they be able to beat their rivals to continue on their remarkable form? It is all to play for on a chilly evening under the lights.

Brighouse head into this game on the back of a massive five-nil victory at home against Hull City last Sunday, and after scoring 14 goals a week earlier against Brayton Belles, their 20 goals in two games is definitely a cause for concern for the Terriers. 

Town hosted Brighouse earlier on 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 Brittany Sanderson strike, before a late equaliser from Drew Greene meant the points were shared between the rival teams. 

Last season, the sides met in the Women’s FA Cup, and much like this season’s tie, the game ended in a draw before being settled with a penalty shootout. This game started with a first half penalty converted by Brighouse, before Sanderson equalised to send the game to the full 120 minutes. In the end, Katie Stanley secured Town’s place in the fourth round with the winning spot kick. 

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

The hosts have played half of their games at home so far this season, having won three times and losing once, it is hard to call which way this tie will go. However, the Terriers away form consists of four wins and one loss, which suggests they are just as in control away from home as they are at the Stafflex.

Manager Glen Preston spoke about how Town need to not get ahead of themselves just yet: “Win streak or no win streak the collective know it’s all about taking things on a game by game basis. We are firmly focused on who is next, Brighouse will ask many questions of us and vice versa. 

The group are fired up for the occasion, a midweek game under the lights. The expectations of everyone is always very high. The culture, the expectations and the drive this squad has shown is top class. Once all the preparations are done it’s time to perform under the lights in a pressure environment which this squad thrives from immensely.”

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Players to Watch 

Town player Sanderson is our one to watch. Having scored in her last two appearances against the opposition, she will be looking at add to that tally in midweek. Additionally, Sanderson is Town’s top goal scorer this season on 13 goals in 17 games in all competitions so is proving herself to be lethal in front of goal.

Town defender Serena Fletcher is on great form and has scored three goals herself this season, most recently scoring the decisive goal in our huge win against Nottingham Forest. Terriers fans need to keep their eye on Fletcher as she goes from strength to strength under the new manager. 

However, Brighouse are not short of goal scorers themselves with, former Terrier, Leah Embley scoring 19 goals in all competitions this season. Embley has scored six in the league, having scored a hat trick just last weekend against Hull City. 

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 at 7:45 PM on Wednesday 26th January, with match updates on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomen all day.

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MATCH REPORT: BRIGHOUSE TOWN DEVS 1-4 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team put on a dominant display against Brighouse Town Women, running out 4-1 winners when they visited the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. The win sees them maintain their unbeaten season sitting top of the league table.

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Town started the game well, creating a number of early chances before opening the scoring after just 11 minutes. Sian Gibrill-Keating slotted the ball neatly into the back of the net after rounding the Brighouse ‘keeper.

With 26 minutes played Town continued to control possession and Sharone Buckle doubled our lead. After a goalmouth scramble the centre-half picked up the ball and her overhead kick found its way through the bodies and into the net.

Just three minutes later Macy Ellis hit a wonder strike that flew into the top corner, increasing Town’s lead and putting them comfortably in the lead at the break.

Brighouse were awarded a penalty just before half-time, giving them a chance to pull one back. However, Laura Carter was on hand to save the spot-kick and maintain her clean sheet.

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Quickly after the restart, Falone Sumaili added her name to the score sheet, slotting the ball into the corner to score her team’s fourth.

Town were given the second penalty of the game with an hour played. After converting two spot kicks already this season, captain Kayley Hird stepped up to the spot but the Brighouse keeper made a fine save to deny the Terriers their fifth goal.

Brighouse pulled a goal back however in the last two minutes of play but it was too late for them to turn the game around and Town took all three points.

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After the game manager Alan Eastwood said: “Today we were together as a team and battled hard like we knew we’d have to against a decent team. To get another three points on top of that performance feels fantastic.

“We’ve had a variety of scorers all season and it’s great to see that so many can contribute to the scoreline in different phases of play.

“We’re halfway through the season and it’s up to us to carry on pushing forward as a team and keep developing in the right areas. A quarter-final next week is another huge test for us and we can’t wait to get back on that pitch.”

Next Sunday the team return to the Stafflex Arena when they face Chorley in the Reserves League Cup before league action resumes away to Leeds United on the 6th February.

You can follow match build-up on our social media channels throughout the week at @htafcwomendevs. 

Report by Louise Golby.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Brighouse Town Devs vs Huddersfield Town Devs

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel across West Yorkshire to Brighouse this weekend as they look to maintain their position at the top of the table.

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On Sunday, Town travel towards Calderdale to face Brighouse where they aim to beat their rivals to continue their push for the league title.

The Terriers have a chance to go five points clear of Middlesbrough and Chorley, who are second and third in the Reserves Northern Division respectively. Compared to their counterparts who could  drop into the bottom three if Hull City beat Chorley on Sunday. 

Town are the only undefeated side this season, and although they lost to this weekend’s hosts in last season’s curtailed campaign, are in fine form under new management and will look to build on their performance from last Sunday’s victory against Liverpool Feds when they go again this weekend.

Speaking on last weekend’s performance, Devs Manager Alan Eastwood said: “although we got the win last week there are some areas that need tweaking to ensure we perform at a higher level. If we can iron out that rustiness after the Christmas break then we give ourselves a better chance at playing at the level we know we can.”

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The opposition however have not played in over a month, with their last game being a loss to Chorley at the start of December. Additionally, their last league victory was in October, when they beat Liverpool Feds 0-6 in Merseyside. They will be aiming to get their year off to a good start at their home ground, however, the Terriers have different plans, with fresh legs returning to the matchday squad ahead of this tie.

On the returning players, Eastwood continued, “it’s important to keep the squad fresh and because we have options all over the park, it means there is no room for complacency. There is healthy competition for places in this team and everyone knows they have to train hard and play hard to keep their shirts. That in itself is a challenge.

“We’re aiming to put some things right from last week and go out and give it our best shot. We know it will be a tough game but to improve as a team we need to be playing tricky opposition on a regular basis, this Sunday will be no different.”

Brighouse have kept two clean-sheets this season, against Feds and Barnsley, however, the Terriers have scored 34 goals in the league after eight games, having managed to score two or more in every game they have played. No doubt they will be looking to continue this run of form when they travel to the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. 

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Players to Watch:

So far this season, Brighouse player Imogen Porteous-Williams is the second top goal scorer in all competitions, on 14 goals including two penalties. With 10 of her goals coming in the league, she has scored just under half of her sides 26 goals so far in the league. 

However, Town player Falone Sumaili has scored 11 goals this season and just behind Porteous-Williams in the race for the golden boot. Sumaili received a call-up to her international side Burundi this week and is in fine form heading into this weekend. With the Terriers having plenty of options in front of goal, Macy Ellis, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Tara Duce are also banging in goals left, right and centre this season. 

Town travel to Brighouse for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and live match updates will be on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs throughout the afternoon.

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