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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Women 2-0 Sheffield FC

Terriers left it late to find the back of the net and keep the three points in West Yorkshire as two late goals beat a depleted Sheffield FC side.

  • Town beat a struggling Sheffield side with two goals late in the game
  • Second consecutive game with two goals scored 
  • Managers Verdict 
Paige Cross Celebrates Win against Sheffield
PICTURE: OLIVER EATON

The Terriers played host to a Yorkshire derby under the lights on Wednesday night, with high expectations of keeping the three points in the West side of the County, it took 89 minutes for either side to find a breakthrough.

It was a foggy night in Kirkburton, with Town looking to push themselves further up the table and despite concern if this game would go ahead, Sheffield made the trip and were left speechless after two late goals saw them leave in defeat.

The game started with Sheffield pushing from the get-go and a string of throw-ins for the visitors made it difficult for the Terriers, but before long Town dominated the game and started putting pressure on Annie Rushton-Butters in goal, but they worked hard to keep every attempt out.

Just after the 10 minute mark and Mia Perry had a chance to open the scoring. The on-loan midfielder found space in front of goal and had a shot, it hit the post and fell back into the box, where Kate Mallin could not react quick enough to hit the ball into the back of the net. 

Shortly after, three quick chances for Town were well defended and eventually cleared. Serena Fletcher smashed her chance onto the post and, just before that, Beth Ibbotson’s chance was just high of the crossbar. Despite the Terriers eventually finding the back of the net, the whistle blew and it was offside.

As the first-half progressed, Laura Elford was banging on the door but every attempt was blocked, saved and ultimately, kept out of the net. At the break, the score line was level after Sheffield worked hard to keep their opposition out. 

Huddersfield Town beat Sheffield
PICTURE: OLIVER EATON

At the start of the second-half, the fog continued to make the conditions difficult, the rain fell down and the pitch was getting slippy, but Town pushed for that all important breakthrough. The Terriers pushed everything at their opposition and were left short handed on a number of occasions.

Just after the hour mark, Sheffield were forced into a substitute after Elford and Rushton-Butters collided in the box, with the ‘keeper being the worst off and needing to leave the pitch. As the last 15 minutes beckoned, Town made a switch as wing-back Paige Crossman entered the fray. She scored the winner against Stoke City last weekend, could she be a hero again?

Despite needing to change their ‘keeper, the stand-in substitute shot-stopper was excellent when called upon and some heroic goalkeeping stopped Crossman’s attempt at the back post. 

With one minute left on the clock, Brittany Sanderson found the breakthrough and looked to have sealed the win. Town dug deep for this one and eventually, Ria Montgomery found Sanderson at the back-post, who beat the marker and found space before firing into the near post. Town lead with only stoppage time remaining.

But that was not the end of it. Five minutes into added time and Montgomery turned goal scorer this time and doubled the Terriers lead. Crossman drove the ball forward and unleashed a powerful shot, that cannoned from the crossbar and back into the box, despite her claim it was over the line, play continued and Montgomery poked home to add what was the icing on the cake for Town at the death. 

Terriers manager Glen Preston spoke at full-time with a beaming grin:

“I have gone through every emotion in that game. I can’t believe it is only two-nil, I can’t believe we haven’t scored five, maybe six. 

“I think we must have clocked 30-35 chances, it just felt like it was going to be one of those nights but thankfully Britt popped up and Ria’s got the second goal at the end that just made sure we got the result that we deserved. 

“Credit to Sheffield by the way, they were absolutely superb.”

Town return to action this Sunday 6th March as they face Liverpool Feds in the semi-final of the FAWNL Cup.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Sheffield FC

Terriers return to league action midweek with a derby match against Sheffield.

  • Terriers host struggling Sheffield 
  • The Terriers have lost one of their last five league matches.
  • Players to Watch

The Terriers are back on home turf again on Thursday in league action. Against Sheffield FC who sit 12th in the table. The South Yorkshire team will be hoping to turn their fortunes around away from home.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

Getting back into league matches after many false starts, due to weather conditions and storms will give the Terriers opportunity to catch their rivals. The victory on Sunday over Stoke, giving Town all three points, moved them up to fifth in the table. The Terriers still have games in hand and can move above Nottingham Forest if they win.

The visitors currently sit in twelvth and their league form is shocking. Sheffield have drawn one of their last five matches, and lost the other four. Leaving the visitors in the relegation zone. They will be desperate for a win and points to move them to safety.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

The Terriers have faced Sheffield twice so far this season, dominating in both. Last time out it was in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup second round. Town had the better chances all through the first half, just couldn’t convert to goals.

After the break though, Town got ahead. After a very good strike by Paige Crossman. Luck was on our side, as the ball hit the crossbar and appeared to cross the line, before falling back into the box. The referee took a long hard look and pointed to the circle to indicate the Terriers had the lead. The second goal was an unlucky own goal after a wicked deflection sent the ball into their own net. Brittany Sanderson put the tie beyond doubt in added time getting the third.

The last meeting in the league saw the Terriers travel to Sheffield. Although the first half was very even, with Town having multiple chances, the ball either went out of play or hit the crossbar. Becky Flaherty made numerous saves to keep Town in the match.

Sanderson scored in the 37th minute to give Town the lead. Kate Mallin broke through the defence and was one on one with their keeper. Mallin tapped home to double our lead on the stroke of half time. Sheffield started the second half better, but Town were soon back in control. Sanderson scored her second with a good run. Flaherty made an amazing save to stop the hosts getting a consulation goal.

The Terriers kept the pressure on and Laura Elford scored in the 70th minute. Five minutes later Elford had her second, with a spectacular shot on the retreat. Ria Montgomery topped off a marvellous night for Town, tapping in from close range.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

The Terriers will be confident about a hat trick of wins against Sheffield, however the opposition will have nothing to lose, and will be out to avenge the last two defeats to town.

Manager Glen Preston said:

We’re coming off the back of another extremely good week. Winning two tough away games that have given us back our momentum. We obviously know quite a lot about our opposition having met them just a few weeks ago in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. I thought on the day, Sheffield FC defended heroically and made it very hard for us to break them down. We got there in the end.

However, the dynamics for this game might be a little different, as they are now in the position where they must win games. So we have to plan for them potentially opening up more and coming at us, we need to be on our guard for that.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Paige Crossman scored a belter of a goal against Stoke City and also against the opposition in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. Crossman will be full of confidence following on from Sunday’s game and will be eager to add to her tally.

Laura Elford scored a brace against Sheffield in the reverse feature. Also scoring a hattrick against Brighouse in the League Cup. Elford is on goal scoring form and will be looking to continue netting the ball.

HOW TO WATCH

Kick off on Thursday 3rd March at the Stafflex Arena at 19.45. Kick off time is subject to change depending on pitch surface.

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: Sheffield FC 0-3 Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield Town Women beat Sheffield FC in Second Round of FA Cup.

PHOTO: OLIVER EATON

Huddersfield Town Women played host to Sheffield FC in an away game at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 6 December in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after being rescheduled following Storm Arwen.

With the Terriers beating Sir Tom Finney ladies 20-nil in the last round, and Sheffield FC winning on penalties, the tie was set up and scheduled to be played on November 28. However, after a snow storm hit the country, the game was postponed. Just one week later, the game went on, and although it was reversed to a home tie for Town, both sides were ready to earn themselves a place in the next round.

The first half was fairly steady for both Town and Sheffield, and just under 10 minutes in, Lucy Sowerby had a chance that was just over the crossbar. Then, minutes later, Brittany Sanderson had two attempts at goal, with the first being after a lovely cut back from Kate Mallin, but her headed chance was straight into the hands of Abi Megeary.

As chances were falling for Town before the break, it was Beth Stanfield and Laura Elford who had their chances fly over the crossbar and saved respectively before the whistle blew for half-time.

PHOTO: OLIVER EATON

A big 45 minutes approached for both sides as they both equally wanted to progress; however, it was the Terriers who found a breakthrough when Paige Crossman scored the opener. A big call was needed from the referee after the ball hit the crossbar, appeared to cross the line before falling back into the box, but moments later he pointed to the centre circle to confirm the wing-back gave Town the lead.

Just over 10 minutes later, Town’s lead was doubled after an unlucky deflection and own-goal seen the ball fly into the back of the net. Then it added time, Sanderson finally got her goal after her half a dozen chances.

PHOTO: OLIVER EATON

Manager Glen Preston spoke at full-time after his sides’ progression in the cup.

“The mission was to get through to the next round and we have done it, and we have done it comfortably. Could we have won by a bigger margin? Absolutely! But we were patient and got the goals, and we have been professional.

“Loughborough will be a different game, today was an attack vs defence for 90 minutes with 10 players in the penalty area, it was tough to break them down.”

Loughborough are a side that try and play a lot of football, so they will be different types of games, we just have to do our preparations and be as professional as we ever would and if we play with our maximum capabilities and intensity we will give everybody a game in this league.”

Town now host Loughborough Lightning on Sunday 12 December as they look to book a place in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

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The FA Cup is finally back for Town Women!

Preview by Cameron Felton.

• Town booked their place after a 20-0 win against Sir Tom Finney in Round 1 of the FA Cup.

• Winners will welcome side Loughborough Lightning in the next round.

• Glen Preston takes charge of his first cup game back at Town.

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Huddersfield Town Women return to the Stafflex Arena to take on Sheffield FC in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

Bad weather meant that our tie against Sheffield FC was lost to a frozen pitch last week but now Storm Arwen has passed, and the team are ready to face their South Yorkshire counterparts. The fixture was reversed to be played at home following reports of a waterlogged pitch at the Home of Football Stadium, Dronfield.

Town will be looking to make it into the Third Round yet again and will look favourably at Sunday’s tie, having already beaten Sheffield FC at The Home of Football Stadium already this season six goals to nil last month.

Sheffield FC have not been on the best of form, only picking up one win courtesy of a penalty shootout against Sutton Coldfield Town. Their last win within 90 minutes came at the beginning of October when they dispatched Hull City 4-0.

JESS HORNBY

Should Town make their way past Sunday’s opponents then a home tie is on the cards with Loughborough Lightning – a team Town already dispatched five goals to one earlier this season.

Last time out in the cup Town took a battering ram to a very resilient Sir Tom Finney FC Ladies team, Twenty goals and nine goal scorers that afternoon at the Stafflex Arena. Development captain and centre half Kayley Hird coming off the bench to make her first team debut and grabbed herself a goal late on to round off a well-rounded performance for Town.

Since then, Town have changed manager with Glen Preston being announced as the new manager and got his first win under his belt when his side thrashed promotion-chasing AFC Fylde. During this game Town made a strong start and held the intensity throughout and came away with the three points. Laura Elford, Ria Montgomery and Kate Mallin with the goals for Preston’s side.

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PLAYER TO WATCH

Ria Montgomery has been on goal-scoring form for the Terriers, grabbing another long-range strike goal against Fylde in her previous game. She was voted the ‘Player of the Month’ for November by the players and secured her third ‘Goal of the Month’ title this season.

HOW TO WATCH HTWFC

Town fans can come to the Stafflex Arena (Storthes Hall, HD8 0WA) for Sunday’s 2pm kick off. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and Kids come for FREE!

Can’t make the game? Fans can keep up to date with live match updates on our twitter page @HTAFCWomen.

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