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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: Hull City 0-5 Huddersfield Town

Hull City host Huddersfield Town on a sunny Sunday afternoon that could see the Tigresses relegated if they fell to defeat.

  • Second week in a row Town Women beat Hull City after Development Team victory one week earlier 
  • Five goals, four goal scorers and three points 
  • City relegated at the bottom of the table after defeat to Terriers
PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

Town had the chance to relegate Hull City on Sunday afternoon, with City currently sitting bottom of the table. But the hosts were not going down without a fight.

A number of early chances for both sides were blocked before the ‘keepers could make the save and ultimately, each side conceded a number of corners. 

However, it was Town who had the best chances of the opening stages. 

Just over 20 minutes into the game and City had a free-kick. The cross fell into the hands of Bethan Davies, who released Laura Elford towards goal. 

Elford won a corner for Town that was blocked, before Brittany Sanderson crossed the ball to find Beth Ibbotson in the box. Ibbotson made no mistake and headed the ball into the back of the net to score the opening goal of the game. 

As the half continued Yasmin Mason, on her first start for the Terriers, had a chance that was saved by Abi Wallace in goal. 

On the stroke of half-time, Mia Parry doubled Town’s lead. Great play from Elford ensured Town held possession on the touchline, before Stanley crossed to find Parry in the box. 

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

Just after the break, City had a great chance to get back into the game. The hosts were awarded a free-kick that was eventually cleared by Stanley with the chance ultimately wasted. 

As the half progressed, Town were pushing for their third. Sanderson was fouled in the box as the Terriers piled pressure onto City and despite the referee putting the whistle to her mouth, no foul was awarded and play continued. 

City looked to come back in the game however had no luck in the final third as they lacked the quality with their final touch. Town’s quality shone through once again, when Sanderson was on the end of Mallin’s cross.

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Katie Stanley scored to make it four before Sanderson rounded off the goals to make it five. 

First team coach Danny Alogba was happy with the result:

“We are delighted with the win, especially the clean sheet. We move forward, midweek game on Thursday, we look forward to that now.

“Tuesday at training will be based on looking for a physical battle, winning the second balls. Burnley will be a team that look to press. We just have to be on it.”

HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33 Bethan Davies (GK) 
12 Autumn Housley
5 Vicky Abbott (60’ Georgia Marshall)
3 Beth Ibbotson 
14 Yasmin Mason (65’ Kate Mallin)
57 Mia Parry 
23 Serena Fletcher 
6 Lauren Griffiths
7 Katie Stanley (C) 
10 Laura Elford (75’ Ria Montgomery)
11 Brittany Sanderson

Huddersfield Town Women are in action on Thursday 14 April as they face Burnley at 19:45. Huddersfield supporters can watch the game with tickets available on the day at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA.

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MATCH REPORT: Hull City 0-7 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team put seven past Hull City.

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

On Sunday, Town’s Development Team travelled to East Yorkshire just two days after their men’s first team beat City 1-0 on the east coast, and piled more misery onto the Tigers after firing seven past their reserves side.

A game that was aggressive from the start, the Terriers overcame lunges and slide tackles to come out on top.

It was not the easiest of pitches to play on at Haworth Park with uneven surfaces and it showed when a short period of time at the start of the game was spent managing the surface. 

When Town began to get into the game, the Tigers lunged in at every opportunity to slow the Terriers down and stop play, on occasions it became a dangerous attempt at halting place. 

Just before the 20 minute mark, Zoe Laughton was fouled inside the box and after a short pause while the wing-back received treatment, the referee pointed to the spot and Town had a penalty. Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and made no mistake as ‘keeper Kennedy Walker was sent the wrong way.

Four minutes before the half-time whistle, Tara Duce spotted Walker off her line and took her chance at goal. The shot flew eloquently into the top corner and Town doubled their lead.

Just minutes later, Laura was fouled in the box, but the ball fell to Lois Mattock who launched a cracker of a shot into the back of the net. Mattock’s first goal of the season saw Town head into the break three up.

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Just six minutes into the second half and City had a rare chance at goal, but it was comfortably saved by Laura Carter in net. Then, six minutes later, Sian Gibrill-Keating was wiped out in the box and the referee once again had no choice but to point to the spot.

Hird stepped up and it was like deja vu, Walker had no chance at saving the second penalty of the afternoon. Town were lethal and around a minute later, Mattock followed up Macy Ellis’s blocked shot on the rebound and scored her second of the afternoon.

Shortly after the hour mark, Macy Ellis’s attempt was saved by Kennedy, with Gibrill-Keating scoring on the rebound. Then, with 12 minutes to go, she scored her second of the game with a beautiful finish into the top corner.

Town were ruthless and deservedly brought the points home. A tough game in the end after a number of dangerous lunges from the hosts, ended in glory for the Terriers who move closer to the top of the table following Chorley’s draw against Stockport County.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said:

“Once we managed to get into the game, we did manage to get the football flowing, we still managed to do it in poor conditions which is a sign of great individuals and a great team.

“Being able to keep cool shows a lot about character especially for a development team who are so young. The younger they learn it, the better really.”

Town’s Development Team now play two games in three days this week as they host our first team on Thursday at the Stafflex Arena in the County Cup semi-final, before hosting Brighouse Town on Sunday. To stay up-to-date with everything Town Devs related, head to our Twitter @htafcwomendevs for news.

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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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