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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD END SEASON IN DEFEAT TO HULL

Huddersfield Town Women defeated on final game of the season.

Huddersfield Town Women finish season against Hull City
RICHARD ASQUITH

Huddersfield Town Women welcomed an already relegated Hull City to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 8th May but ended the season in defeat to finish sixth place.

Town Women dominated the early exchanges of the game and there were chances for both Laura Elford and Kate Mallin but after 16 minutes a long-range strike from Helen Lynskey flew over Laura Carter in goal to give the visitors the lead.

Hull would soon double their advantage as on the half an hour mark a corner was swung in and it dropped fortuitously to Hull’s Lynskey who rifled it in to make it two. Town Women responded quickly through, top scorer, Elford who came through 1 on 1 following an excellent lobbed ball by captain Vicky Abbott, the forward shooting with power on the edge of the box to beat the standard keeper.

Huddersfield Town Women finish season against Hull City
RICHARD ASQUITH

The second half was dominated largely by Town Women again with good spells of attack coming from the left-hand side, but nothing transpired into a goal.

Then, on 55 minutes, an emotional farewell for Laura Carter as she was given a guard of honour by both set of players as she left the pitch for her final Town Women Game following 20 years with the club.

The home side continued to dominate, and Mallin came extremely close again as her free kick forced a brilliant save from the Hull keeper. The game proceeded to be well-managed by Hull and despite a strong challenge from Town Women during the final few moments they were unable to find an equaliser. The game finished as it was a at half time: 1-2 to the visitors.

The full-time whistle not only ended the 2021/22 season. It also called time on Vicky Abbott’s footballing career as Town Women’s long-standing centre-back will be hanging up her boots alongside Carter’s goalkeeping gloves and Katie Stanley’s captains’ armband.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Football Returns (we hope)! Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest

Match Preview by: Jack Vernoum

Town kick off 2022 as they welcome Nottingham Forest.

  • Town able to go third in league table
  • Potential for Mia Parry debut
  • Terriers looking to start the year off strong

After our game against Hull was postponed on Sunday 9 January, Huddersfield Town Women will look to finally play their first match of the new year against Nottingham Forest.

Ria Montgomery against Nottingham Forest
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town will go into the game in fine form too, as they’re unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions; a run that included an impressive back-to-back win in both the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and FAWNL Cup against Loughborough Lightning. This however will be Town’s first league match in around 60 days!

The last time the two sides met was on the opening weekend of the season, when they played out a goalless draw which ultimately culminated Bethan Davies saving a penalty for town in the dying minutes. Our opponents would then go on a three-match winning streak throughout August before form became inconsistent throughout September, similar to Town.

Nottingham are on an impressive unbeaten streak too currently, that contains a 4-0 win over high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, setting them up a Women’s Super League tie against Manchester City. Forest sit one point ahead of Town in fourth with both teams playing the same number of matches to date. This means a win for either side could see them climb to third in the table depending on other results.

There is also the chance that Town fans will get to see their new loan signing Mia Parry, after she completed her move from Blackburn Rovers last week. The young midfielder caught the eye of manager Glen Preston, who expressed his delight at the player joining:

“We’re delighted to bring in Mia from Blackburn for the rest of the season on loan, and we’re grateful to Blackburn for working with us to get this deal done quickly.”

Kate Mallin tries a tackle against Nottingham Forest
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Despite being at the club for over two months, this will only be Preston’s second league game in charge of the Terriers. Preston looks ahead to what 2022 could look like for his team:

“We know we are hanging on by a thread to stay in the title race and so it’s going to be a tough ask for us to claw back a 6-9 points deficit in half a season – but we’ll never give up on that dream.”

“In the Vitality Women’s FA Cup the goal versus Everton will be to put in a performance Town fans can get behind and be proud of, and in other competitions we’ll be putting ourselves under pressure to try and win them.”

”We’re under no illusions about how big a task that is especially where there are some great sides still in the FAWNL Cup, but every person at this club wants to win things and you can feel that hunger around the place and so that’s the challenge we’ll set ourselves and see what happens.”

Glen Preston returns as HTWFC manager.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

As top scorer currently this season, Brittany Sanderson will be looking to extend her season total of 13 goals. Scoring three goals in her previous three games also shows that she has momentum in front of goal, one of these securing her December’s ‘Goal of the Month’ award.

Additionally, Town’s Laura Elford will be looking to score for the third game in a row after netting in both games against Loughborough and will want to start 2022 with a bang!

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall HD8 0WA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and kids go free.

Kick-off is at 2:00 PM on Sunday 16th January.

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: Football Returns! Hull City Ladies vs Huddersfield Town

Match Preview by: Oliver Eaton

Town Women return to action in 2022 against Hull City

  • First league game since November
  • Town on 6-game winning streak.
  • Glen Preston looks ahead for 2022.

League action finally returns for Huddersfield Town Women as they travel to Hull City Ladies this Sunday 9 January.

Town celebrate after one of many goals against Sir Tom Finney
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Unbeaten since Halloween, the Terriers have enjoyed a six-game winning streak with the focus mainly being on the FAWNL Cup competition and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. The last league game Town played was the fantastic 3-0 victory against AFC Fylde in what was Glen Preston’s first game in charge back in November. That victory saw Town rise to fourth in the table however since have dropped a place with other fixtures being played.

Meanwhile, winless Hull City Ladies come into this game bottom of the league table and are looking to find momentum as we enter the half way point in the fixture calendar. The Tigers did taste victory back in November when they beat Blackburn Community Sports Club in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup however were knocked out of the cup against fourth tier side Liverpool Feds two weeks later.

Despite their poor form, manager Glen Preston believes Hull will provide a tough match:

“I have a lot of time for Adrian Costello [Hull’s Manager], I know him well, he’s a good coach who knows the game inside out, and whilst his project is very different to ours in the sense, he’s building a very young side with great potential for the long term”

“We are under no illusions that this will be a tough game, in fact you only have to look back at the last time we played Hull away, we needed to come from behind to get a very narrow victory. So, I expect to play against a side who are fighting for their lives, organised and who will be looking to make the game as difficult as possible for us.”

Last season, Haworth Park proved to be the launch pad for Town’s season-long unbeaten streak under Jordan Wimpenny. Town took home all three points on a rainy Wednesday night when both teams faced each other in 2020, with the Terriers winning 2-1. Laura Elford scoring a brace on her return from injury and would later become Town’s top scorer for the curtailed season.

Despite being at the club for over two months, this will only be Preston’s second league game in charge of the Terriers. Preston looks ahead to what 2022 could look like for his team:

“We know we are hanging on by a thread to stay in the title race and so it’s going to be a tough ask for us to claw back a 6-9 points deficit in half a season – but we’ll never give on that dream.”

“In the Vitality Women’s FA Cup the goal versus Everton will be to put in a performance Town fans can get behind and be proud of, and in other competitions we’ll be putting ourselves under pressure to try and win them.”

”We’re under no illusions about how big a task that is especially where there are some great sides still in the FAWNL Cup, but every person at this club wants to win things and you can feel that hunger around the place and so that’s the challenge we’ll set ourselves and see what happens.”

Glen Preston returns as HTWFC manager.

PLAYER TO WATCH

As top scorer currently this season, Brittany Sanderson will be looking to extend her season total of 13 goals. Scoring three goals in her previous three games also shows that she has momentum in front of goal, one of these securing her December’s ‘Goal of the Month’ award.

The hosts will be looking towards Ellie Tanser for their attacking threat with her currently being the Tigers’ top goal scorer this season with four goals.

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Kick off on Sunday 9th January is at 2:00pm at Haworth Park, Hull (HU6 7DY) with away supporters welcome and pay on the gate available.

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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