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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 REPORT: Huddersfield Town Women 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Town Women beat Forest to move up to fourth.

  • Terriers win sixth game on the bounce.
  • Elford and Fletcher score for Town
  • Comments from coach Kamran Hussain
Huddersfield Town beat Nottingham Forest in the league
PHOTO: RICHARD ASQUITH

Huddersfield Town Women moved up to fourth place in the Northern Premier Division following a fantastic 2-1 victory against promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest. 

It only took nine minutes for the Terriers to go ahead with Ria Montgomery utilising the open space on the wings to find Paige Crossman who then cut a low-driven cross into the legs of top scorer Laura Elford. She fired the ball into the top left of the goal – hitting down off the bar and crashing into the backside of the left post. 

The away team started to find their way back into the game following the game’s opening goal, with a series of freekicks getting closer to Bethan Davies’ goal. Both teams exchanged strong sliding tackles as they both tried to take control of the first half however, the hosts would strike gold when Serena Fletcher fired a long-range effort over the goalkeeper’s head to double town’s lead before the break. 

Beth Ibbotson runs away from Nottingham Forest striker
PHOTO: RICHARD ASQUITH

The second half saw Forest holding more possession as they looked to claw back into the game and fight for their current nine game unbeaten streak. A number of clear chances went begging as Town’s back line stood firm and maintained their pressure. Town would have several attempts from dangerous looking counter-attacks however failed to challenge Emily Batty in goal.

Nottingham did find the back of the net with the final kick of the game, scoring directly from a freekick from around 25 yards. The goal was scored to a chorus of complaints from Town due to not hearing a referee whistle thus not being ready for the kick, however this goal didn’t change the result as town picked up all three points to overtake Nottingham Forest in the league table. 

First team coach Kamran Hussain was pleased with his side’s performance: 

“The emotions are very high, we don’t want to go too high on emotion or too low. It’s three points on the board, we knew how important the game was coming into this and the girls have performed fantastically. We are super proud and we need to keep our feet on the ground and look towards the next game.”

“We knew Forest were going to be a good footballing side, we knew what we were up against. We couldn’t have started it any better with Elford putting us ahead quickly. The main objective was the three points today.”

Town return to action on Sunday 23 January when they face Middlesbrough at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA.

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